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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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Paul Conroy
Jabir (voice)
Robert Paterson ...
Dan Brenner (voice)
Alan Davenport (voice)
Linda Conroy (voice)
Pamela Lutti (voice)
Warner Loughlin ...
Maryanne Conroy / Donna Mitchell / Rebecca Browning (voice)
Special Agent Harris (voice)
911 Operator (voice)
State Department Rep. (voice)
Cade Dundish ...
Shane Conroy (voice)
411 Female Operator (voice) (as Mary Songbird)
411 Male Operator (voice)
CRT Operator (voice)
CRT Spokesman (voice)
Nursing Home Nurse (voice)
Juan Hidalgo ...
Kidnapper (voice)
Abdelilah Ben Massou ...
Kidnapper (voice)
Joe Guarneri ...
Additional Voice (voice)
Additional Voice (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Devlet Bahceli ...
Additional Voice (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Rodrigo Cortés

Written by

Chris Sparling ... (written by)

Produced by

Rodrigo Cortés ... executive producer
Tom Drumm ... associate producer
Adrián Guerra ... producer
Ken Hirsh ... co-producer
Oriol Maymó ... associate producer / line producer
Alejandro Miranda ... executive producer
Miki Nadal ... associate producer (as Miguel Nadal)
Víctor Reyes ... associate producer
Peter Safran ... producer

Music by

Víctor Reyes

Cinematography by

Eduard Grau

Film Editing by

Rodrigo Cortés

Editorial Department

Elena Araco ... scanning and film recording
Alberto Bernad ... assistant editor
Quique Cañadas ... digital intermediate colorist
Pico Díaz ... assistant editor
Victor Martos ... color grader
Laura Sánchez ... digital intermediate editor (as Laura Sanchez)
Marga Villalonga ... digital intermediate coordinator

Makeup Department

Mónica Alarcón ... makeup artist (as Mónica Alarcón Virgili)

Production Management

Sandra Gutierrez ... unit manager
Marta Juls ... production assistant
Mariano Liwski ... post-production supervisor
Sacha Soliman ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jorge Lareau ... trainee assistant director
Manel Martínez ... first assistant director
Nicolás Umpiérrez ... second assistant director

Art Department

Carlos de la Sotilla ... storyboard artist

Sound Department

Manuel Carrión ... foley artist
Alayn Crespo ... boom operator
Zack Davis ... adr supervisor
Jaime Fernández Salcedo ... dialogue editor
Urko Garai ... sound recordist
Brian Magrum ... adr mixer
Michael Miller ... adr mixer
James Muñoz ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Marc Orts ... re-recording mixer
Ricardo Viñas ... dolby sound consultant

Special Effects by

Jorge Calvo ... main title sequence
Salvador Santana ... fire effects

Visual Effects by

Angelo Caruso ... digital titles
Dani Fornaguera ... visual effects artist
Javier García ... visual effects artist
Daniel López-Izquierdo ... digital compositor (as Dani Lopez)
David Martínez ... digital visual effects artist
Iván Valero ... digital visual effects artist
Àlex Villagrasa ... lead compositor / visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Zarza ... visual effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

Maite Astiz ... second assistant camera
Oriol Busquets ... focus puller
Óscar Cano ... key grip
Roberto Escudero ... electrician
Pau Esteve Birba ... camera operator (as Pau Esteve) / director of photography: second unit (as Esteve Birba) / director of photography: second unit (as Pau Esteve)
Daniel Fernández Abelló ... electrician trainee (as Daniel Férnandez-Abelló)
Kevin González ... electrician
Froilán Lugilde ... gaffer
Marc Miró ... video assist
Pau Reig ... focus puller camera "b"
Ryan Roberts ... assistant camera
Ferran Serra ... electrician

Casting Department

Stephanie Corsalini ... additional casting
Luci Lenox ... casting: Spain

Music Department

Juanjo Aranda ... score mixing engineer (as Juan Jose Aranda) / score recordist (as Juan Jose Aranda)
Rodrigo Cortés ... music editor (as Gonzalo Giraldez) / music producer
Lenka Mrazkova Dudova ... orchestra coordinator (as Lenka Dukova)
Youssef El Husseini ... vocalist: muezzin
Pavel Giereth ... vocalist: boy soprano
Jan Holzner ... orchestra recording engineer
Adam Klemens ... conductor
Jon Mattox ... trailer music composer
David Mayoral ... musician: Arabian percussion
Dimitri Psonis ... musician: lyre and santur (as Dimitris Psonis)
Víctor Reyes ... keyboards / music producer / orchestrator / piano / synthesizer programmer
Sergey Saprichev ... musician: Arabian percussion
Haig Sarikouyoumdjian ... musician: duduk
Tania Vomatkova ... composer assistant

Script and Continuity Department

Anna Vilà ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Jim Dobson ... publicist
Susana García Díez ... assistant to director
Luis Manuel González ... animal trainer: snake
Ferran Herranz ... distribution coordinator: Versus Entertainment
Sonia Martínez ... production coordinator
Inés Massa ... assistant: Mr. Reynolds
Dovile Poskonyté ... cashier
Adam M. Stone ... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone ... product placement coordinator
Núria Valls ... production secretary
Warner Loughlin ... acting coach (uncredited)


John August ... thanks
Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela ... thanks
Diane Farr ... thanks
Keya Khayatian ... thanks
Grégoire Melin ... thanks
Vanessa Saal ... thanks
Leonardo Sbaraglia ... the director wishes to thank
Douglas Stuart Wilson ... thanks
Carlos Therón ... the director wishes to thank
José María Yazpik ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines 170,000 SQ miles of desert. 90 minutes of Oxygen. No way out. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Limit (Japan, English title)
  • Buried - Lebend begraben (Germany)
  • Погребан (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Enterré (Canada, French title)
  • Kavur (Israel, Hebrew title)
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  • 95 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Spain $903,498, 01 Oct 2010
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $19,152,480, 04 Aug 2012

Did You Know?

Trivia Ryan Reynolds stated that he suffered from claustrophobia towards the end of filming (much like the character he is playing). This was mainly due to the fact the coffin he was in was gradually filled with more and more sand as filming went on. He describes the last day of shooting as "unlike anything I experienced in my life, and I never ever want to experience that again." See more »
Goofs The phone in close ups is shown to have multiple bars for the battery life. However, from a distance, the phone is shown to have one battery bar that just slowly decreases as a whole. It's actually 2 different phones he uses. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Robin Hood/Letters to Juliet/Just Wright (2010). See more »
Soundtracks In the Lap of the Mountain See more »
Crazy Credits After the end credits, we're shown a shot of the top of the inside of the coffin, the camera panning down slightly, but it stops soon after. So, the ending remains the same. See more »
Quotes Paul Conroy: It's over, isn't it?
Dan Brenner: No!
[long pause]
Dan Brenner: Yeah.
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