All Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Release Year: 2004
Country: USA, Australia
Director: James Wan
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Writing by: Leigh Whannell – (written by)
James Wan – (story) and
Leigh Whannell – (story)
Produced by: Lark Bernini – associate producer
Peter Block – executive producer
Mark Burg – producer
Jason Constantine – executive producer
Daniel J. Heffner – co-producer (as Daniel Jason Heffner)
Gregg Hoffman – producer
Oren Koules – producer
Richard H. Prince – co-producer
Stacey Testro – executive producer
Cast: Leigh Whannell – Adam
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
Music: Charlie Clouser
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Plot Outline: With a dead body laying between them, two men (Whannell and Elwes) wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed “Jigsaw” by the police because of his unusual calling card.
Plot: 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. She survives, but her cell mate doesn't. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn of more victims, and of the nearly-successful capture of the Jigsaw Killer, who doesn't actually kill his victims. Instead, he finds ways to make them kill either themselves, or each other, and he thinks the entire 'game' out perfectly, with no other ways out. Or so it would seem.
Movie Quotes: Dr. Lawrence Gordon: What's your name?
Adam: My name is Very Fucking Confused; what's your name?
Crazy Credits: We know about 2 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
END CREDITS DEDICATION: This film is dedicated to Yvette Pierpaoli and all other aid workers who lived and died giving a damn.
Goofs: We know about 36 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: When Adam finds the Polaroid of Dr. Gordon's family gagged, his hands are holding the wallet differently between shots.
Trivia: There are 31 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- The MPAA originally rated the film NC-17, due to the film's tone; director James Wan had to remove some content to secure an R rating.
- Detective Sing pursuing the Jigsaw killer was the last sequence to be filmed.
- The scene in which Gordon turns off the lights and whispers to Adam was written differently in the script. The characters were to cut open opposite ends of a long pipe with their hacksaws and speak through it. This sequence was actually shot, but later cut because director James Wan decided that the characters being able to cut through a pipe made no sense if they couldn't cut through their chains.