October 29th, 2004

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With a dead body laying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.7/10 (154,836 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: James Wan

Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover

Two men wake up at opposite sides of a dirty, disused bathroom, chained by their ankles to pipes. Between them lies a dead man loosely clutching a hand-held tape player and a handgun. Each finds a tape the perfect fit for the player in their back pocket. They play the tapes. One is threatened, the other isn't. But they have a task: One must kill the other by 6:00, or his wife and daughter will die. They find hacksaws in a toilet, and try to cut the chains, but it doesn't work. They are the two newest victims of the Jigsaw Killer. In a flashback, we learn of Amanda, a girl who falls victim to the Jigsaw Killer. On her head is a mask, which is hooked into her lower jaw. There is a timer on it. Only one key will unlock it, and that key is in the digestive tract of her cell mate who lies paralyzed on the opposite side of the room. If she doesn't unlock the mask in time, her lower jaw will be ripped wide open...

Writers: Leigh Whannell, James Wan

Leigh Whannell - Adam Faulkner-Stanheight
Cary Elwes - Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover - Detective David Tapp
Ken Leung - Detective Steven Sing
Dina Meyer - Kerry
Mike Butters - Paul
Paul Gutrecht - Mark
Michael Emerson - Zep Hindle
Benito Martinez - Brett
Shawnee Smith - Amanda
Makenzie Vega - Diana Gordon
Monica Potter - Alison Gordon
Ned Bellamy - Jeff
Alexandra Bokyun Chun - Carla (as Alexandra Chun)
Avner Garbi - Father

Taglines: Live or die. Make your choice.


Official Website: Official Fan Club |

Release Date: 29 October 2004

Filming Locations: Lacy Street Production Center - 2630 Lacy Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,239,813 (UK) (3 October 2004) (301 Screens)

Gross: $102,898,683 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

All the black and white and forensic photos shown in the film were taken by the production still photographer. And were used as a last minute resort while editing the film.

Boom mic visible: After the first call Dr. Gordon gets on the cell phone, a boom mic shadow is visible on the bathroom door.

[first lines]
Adam: Help! Someone help me! Is someone there? Hey! Oh shit, I'm probably dead.

User Review

Just See SAW!

Rating: 10/10

Wow. The critics weren't wrong. Not since seven has horror been portrayed so majestically.

From the first minute to last this film twists and turns you till you feel rather poorly. Just like 'Se7en', the all-round Grittiness that director James Wan creates disgusts and enthralls. Just like 'Se7en', there is a H U G E twist that makes your blood curdle.

A lack of star names helps the movie flow as the pace builds to a finale that won't be forgotten by this viewer in a hurry!

I still can't sleep.

It is well scripted, well acted, and, for everyone who guesses the killer after the first few minutes, keeps you guessing right up to the final reel. It is better than Seven for shock value. It is not over the top gory but there is a final scene which makes you sweat.

Very highly recommended!

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