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Buried (2010)

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Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

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Rodrigo Cortés

Writer:

Chris Sparling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Paul Conroy
José Luis García Pérez ... Jabir (voice) (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Robert Paterson Robert Paterson ... Dan Brenner (voice)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Alan Davenport (voice)
Samantha Mathis ... Linda Conroy (voice)
Ivana Miño ... Pamela Lutti (voice)
Warner Loughlin Warner Loughlin ... Maryanne Conroy / Donna Mitchell / Rebecca Browning (voice)
Erik Palladino ... Special Agent Harris (voice)
Kali Rocha ... 911 Operator (voice)
Chris William Martin ... State Department Rep. (voice)
Cade Dundish Cade Dundish ... Shane Conroy (voice)
Mary Birdsong ... 411 Female Operator (voice) (as Mary Songbird)
Kirk Baily ... 411 Male Operator (voice)
Anne Lockhart ... CRT Operator (voice)
Robert Clotworthy ... CRT Spokesman (voice)
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Storyline

Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Your fate is never sealed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enterrado See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,268, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,028,658, 7 November 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,152,480, 4 August 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock films Rope (1948) and Lifeboat (1944) were an inspiration on Rodrigo Cortés when making Buried (2010). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie where Paul is trying to call several times without any answer, the camera is zooming in on the phone's display to focus on the battery life. However, during this zoom you can see that it says "No service" on the display. Despite this, Paul can dial/call without any problems right after. See more »

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[first lines]
Paul Conroy: [screaming] Hey!
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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »

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In the Lap of the Mountain
Written by Rodrigo Cortés and Víctor Reyes
Performed by Garrett Wall & The Breath-No-Breathers
Guitars and Banjo: Diego García
Drums: David Hyman
Bass: Francisco López
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Simple story, excellent camera tricks
6 March 2011 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

It's a bit hard to review this special movie. You can't go into special effects because there were non. You can't say anything about the cast because it's just one person you see. And the set is simple too, just a coffin. Yes, indeed, it all takes place in a coffin. So that's already tricky to watch because I know a lot of people who didn't liked it because there was nothing to see or watch and I must agree with them. It takes indeed almost an hour before the suspense comes in. The first hour you will learn everything about the character, perfectly played by Ryan Reynolds. But it's all done on phone. Of course, being buried you can't do anything else than phone but for me it was a bit too long, an hour as I said. But from then on it goes faster and things go from worse to terribly wrong. The ending was a surprise for me. I won't spoil it just watch it. Still, I won't state it as a horror either a suspense or thriller. But you have to experience the coffin setting to sit it through. Simple story, excellent camera tricks.


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