Jigsaw abducts a doctor in order to keep himself alive while he watches his new apprentice put an unlucky citizen named Jeff through a brutal test.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobin Bell ... Jigsaw / John Kramer
Shawnee Smith ... Amanda Young
Angus Macfadyen ... Jeff
Bahar Soomekh ... Lynn Denlon
Donnie Wahlberg ... Eric Matthews
Dina Meyer ... Kerry
Leigh Whannell ... Adam
Mpho Koaho ... Tim
Barry Flatman ... Judge Halden
Lyriq Bent ... Rigg
J. LaRose ... Troy (as J Larose)
Debra McCabe ... Danica (as Debra Lynne McCabe)
Costas Mandylor ... Forensic Hoffman
Betsy Russell ... Jill
Jane Luk ... Nurse - Emergency Room


Jeff is an anguished man who grieves and misses his son that was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident. He has become obsessed for revenge against the drunk driver, judge, and only witness who refused to testify; he has also become neglectful of his daughter. Lynn Denlon is a skilled surgeon that is cheating on her husband and suffering from depression. Both are abducted and brought to Jigsaw's warehouse, where they must play two separate games: Jeff must choose whether to save or let the people he holds responsible for the death of his son die, while Lynn must keep Jigsaw alive until Jeff completes his tests, or face the deadly consequences. Written by Rebekah Swain

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Like its predecessor, Saw III (2006) was shot entirely within one large warehouse complex in Toronto. See more »


When Jeff leans down to Lynn you can see she she has some blood on her chin and neck. The shot goes to John, then back to Lynn and Jeff. Now her neck and chin have no blood. The shot changes to John again, then back to Jeff and Lynn. Now she has blood on her neck and chin and blood from the corner of her mouth. See more »


[first lines]
Amanda: Game over.
Eric Matthews: I'll fucking kill you! You fucking bitch! You fucking bitch! I'll fucking kill you!
[screams hopelessly]
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Alternate Versions

Unrated version runs 5-6 minutes longer. See more »


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This Calling
Performed by All That Remains
Written by Jeanne Sagan, Michael Martin, Oliver Herbert & Phillip LaBonte
Courtesy of Razor & Tie Entertainment
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Too much gore not enough fright.
29 October 2006 | by IRateFilmsSee all my reviews

Hellooooooo "GORE ADDICTS", somehow, SAW III is not gruesome or terrifying enough for me, personally. It is evident that there is a lack of the macabre and nail-biting tension that is so apparent in the opening scenes of the previous two installments of the Saw franchise. Especially with regards to the first Saw, where the budget was smaller and the gore effects were less animated. In Saw III, the gore is definitely top notch, and that is where it seems this franchise has gone astray. Relying too much on the blood and not enough on the true frightening of the audience this Saw never truly frightens, but always disgusts.

Beginning where the last Saw, Saw II, left off, Jigsaw is still on his deathbed, since he has been dying throughout the entire franchise. He must stay alive long enough to see his very last test subject through a series of tests and torture machines, before he can say goodbye. Unfortunately, I was never actually frightened, truly scared, like I was in the first two. I never thought to myself, what would I do in this situation, how would I deal with this. The only thing to really think about during Saw III is when are you going to turn away from the screen out of sheer disgust and not fright. Dealing with Jigsaw's underling, and her uncontrolled anger issues, towards herself and her newly acquired victims, Saw III indulges in pure torture for the sake of it.

Bringing a reasonable story, not as tight as the first, but still entertaining to say the least, Saw III does not leave much to be desired. One really does need to see the first two parts of the franchise, to really enjoy this one, and to enjoy the first two even more. Hopefully the Saw franchise will not go out with this as their last film, and will redeem themselves in a fourth installment.

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Release Date:

27 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,610,391, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (unrated) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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