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Director: James Wan

Cast: James Wan, Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover


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The directorial debut from filmmaker James Wan, this psychological thriller comes from the first screenplay by actor Leigh Whannell, who also stars. Whannell plays Adam, one of two men chained up in a mysterious chamber. The other, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), like Adam, has no idea how either of them got there. Neither of them are led to feel optimistic by the man lying


The directorial debut from filmmaker James Wan, this psychological thriller comes from the first screenplay by actor Leigh Whannell, who also stars. Whannell plays Adam, one of two men chained up in a mysterious chamber. The other, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), like Adam, has no idea how either of them got there. Neither of them are led to feel optimistic by the man lying between them dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Together, Adam and Dr. Gordon attempt to piece together what has happened to them and who the sadistic madman behind their imprisonment is. Also starring Danny Glover and Monica Potter, Saw premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few movies in recent years have opened with such a compelling gambit: Two men awaken in the filthy utility area of an obviously abandoned industrial complex, their feet chained to pipes at opposite sides of the room, with a dead man sprawled on the floor between them. One of the prisoners, Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), faces a horrible choice -- with his wife and daughter in the hands of his ghoulishly sadistic captor, his only chance of saving them lies in freeing himself and getting to a phone to call the police. Apparently, the only way he can do that is to sever his leg above the shackles using a dulled hacksaw left him by the unseen tormentor. Gordon's fellow prisoner -- whose role in this setup is far from coincidental -- is played by Leigh Whammell, who also collaborated on the screenplay with his friend, director James Wan. Together they have crafted an unusually horrific thriller (one that originally earned an NC-17 rating for its graphic gore scenes) designed to keep viewers in a constant state of agitation. The suspense becomes almost unendurable as the two captives bicker with one another, each realizing that every tick of the clock brings them closer to the grisly death promised by their kidnapper, a demented serial killer known as "Jigsaw." Although the basic premise is simple and the setting claustrophobic, Whammell and Wan enhance the story with subplots involving a dogged detective (Danny Glover) and Gordon's wife (Monica Potter). Undeniably intended for viewers with strong stomachs, Saw offers a surfeit of visceral thrills for those who relish hardcore horror.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leigh Whannell Adam
Cary Elwes Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover Detective David Tapp
Ken Leung Detective Steven Sing
Dina Meyer Kerry
Tobin Bell John/Jigsaw
Monica Potter Alison Gordon
Michael Emerson Zep Hindle
Makenzie Vega Diana Gordon
Shawnee Smith Amanda
Benito Martinez Brett
Mike Butters Paul
Paul Gutrecht Mark
Ned Bellamy Jeff
Alexandra Chun Carla
Avner Garbi Father

Technical Credits
James Wan Director,Original Story
David Armstrong Cinematographer
Thomas L. Bellissimo Special Effects Supervisor
Julie Berghoff Production Designer
Lark Bernini Associate Producer
Peter Block Executive Producer
Mark Burg Producer
Charlie Clouser Score Composer
Jason Constantine Executive Producer
Scott Eddo Makeup
Kevin Greutert Editor
Nanet Harty Art Director
Daniel Jason Heffner Asst. Director,Co-producer
Gregg Hoffman Producer
Oren Koules Producer
Amy Lippens Casting
Jonathan Miller Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan Platt Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard H. Prince Co-producer,Production Manager
Jennifer Soulages Costumes/Costume Designer
Stewsong Musical Direction/Supervision
Jon Taylor Sound Mixer
Stacey Testro Executive Producer
Leigh Whannell Original Story,Screenwriter


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Saw 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
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Although saw was a low-budget suspense thriller about a killer on the loose, it turned out to be pretty good and worthwhile.I know a lot of people thought that this movie was sutpid and arrogant, but I think that it had some good moments. And, like I said, althought it only received 1 star from critique, they are already in post-production for a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. At times it lagged a little, but kept me interested and curious about what the characters were up to until the end. I wanted to know why things happened and for the most part, they explained the events in an exciting and unique fashion. Good writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought saw was an excellent movie. It had a great plot plot and had an awesome unexpected ending. It is great movie that leads you one way and then brings you to the best part of the movie. Only disapointments are that i thought it would be bloodier. this is and excellent movie for people who love movies that keep you guessing till the end. I give it 5 stars!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not been so impressed with a movie in such a long time, but this movie really quinched my thirst for a fantastic artistic and well written movie. Between the suspenseful scenes and the mystery of the entire film, you will not move an inch until the credits are done playing. Absoultely amazing!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's start off with the fact that director James Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannell (he plays main character Adam) had the right ideas, the right setting, fantastic story, but the WRONG execution. The cast of intertwined stories and characters is brilliant. An appropriately inept Danny Glover (who knew?), wayward Cary Elwes and a peeping tom Lehigh Whannell all play their roles with aplomb and can't be faulted for the lack of overall polish this movie has. A game playing serial killer who pits his victims against each other in order to for them to 'appreciate' life (one victim says he helped me) more has you guessing throughout the film. There is a twist that you won't see until it hits. The story is told through present and hyper stylized flashbacks that occur as the main characters recall more of how they got into their current situation. Saw gives some the most gruesome and cerebral death scenes since Seven. The problem is too many loose ends are left at the conclusion of the film. Nothing is too cliche and for the most part the ideas behind the story are well thought out, but where Seven and Silence of the Lambs don't let up Saw sort gives up. The first 40 minutes are intense and there is no wait the movie cuts right to the chase, but nothing happens of any conseuqunce until the game expires and some of the flashbacks lead you to believe the killer has some grand motives for his ways, but being that mad beacuse some people don't appreciate life is little hard to swallow. Latley, there has a been a lack of good horror movies, Saw is good just not great. Will you be disappointed probably not, but you won't be yearning for a sequel either. Saw is not a waste of time and fits the thriller/slasher movie bill quite well. Wan and Whannell put this flick together on pocket change (in movie terms anyways) and shot at a blistering pace 18 days total shooting time. Lets hope if Wan and Whannell make another movie there's more time and budget because the chariot is there, but they need the ponies to pull it next time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best and smartest horror movies in years. It has the atmospere and intelligence of Seven only it's better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies though disturbing throughout the whole movie and just CAN'T believe the ending. This movie does have excellent suspense that will just keep you guessing and shock you at the end like how you would say OMG I did not see that one coming or like WHAT are you kidding me and all that. Awesome movie and new with some new people including a fine addition to the horror movie genre. Rumours also for Saw 2 and 3.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The oddset but smartest horror movie in a long time.Although I'm only 13, I didn't get too scared.My mom said she sort of wanted to see it because it was a psycological thriller like 'The Sixth Sense'. I enjoyed it a lot . Warning:Not for the squeamish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This could have been a little bit better, but it is a great low budget film from Lions Gate. And It has some disturbing scenes so any body who dosen't ming shocks and graphic violence should see it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ordered this from my satellite company this movie is so dumb there is barely any gore involved It makes the Chucky movies look cool.The Killer Jigsaw is not as bad as Hannibal Lecter
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything about this movie is awesome! What I liked most about the movie is the unexpected things that happen. The ending was very tricky, but that made me like it even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot idea is somewhat interesting, but the acting is wretched. Even for a horror movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was very interesting. I loved it- but it scared me. I love scary movies but ones like "The Ring" or "The Grudge" are scary, but I know it can't really happen, so it kind of takes something away from it ya know? But this movie gave me nightmares- then I knew instantly it had done its job, becuase something like that could really happen! It just makes me wander about the writer of this film and how he could think so sick an twistedly!(I'm kinda glad I don't know that guy- you know what I'm sayin?) I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw is the first real horror movie of 2004! Too many sorry PG-13 horror movies and too many remakes! It's gory and nice, the other movie that I believe should be 2nd to Saw on good horror movies of the year Limited Snickers: Series Of Unfortunate Events with Jim Carey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie overall was pretty good. I liked the storyline behind the movie. It kind of reminded me of Seven (which is much better), but this is also worth a watch! Oh and Sleezboy its Lemony Snicket's and I'm not sure how old you are, but that is not a horror movie by any measure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw has a meaning to it belive it or not. You will see this even more in saw2. "jiggsaw"" shows that you you must have a near death experience to love life and charish it the way it should be. Also if you dont aprishiate it you dont deserve it but you do deserve a second chance. The second chance is to get out of his games alive.