Saw

Saw

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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… See more details below

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
UPC:
0031398193937
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
60,865

Special Features

1080p high definition; 16x9 widescreen version; 6.1 DTS-ES™ discrete audio; 5.1 Dolby® Digital Surround EX™ audio; English and Spanish subtitles; Interactive menus powered by Metamenu™ technology

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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