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Summary: 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.
Runtime: 103 min
Rating: Rated R for strong grisly violence and language. (edited for re-rating; originally NC-17)
Production: Twisted Pictures
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Countries: USA, Australia
Language: English
Home Release Date: Feb 15, 2005
Director Credit
James Wan Director
Writer Credit
James Wan Story
Leigh Whannell Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Cary Elwes Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover Detective David Tapp
Leigh Whannell Adam Faulkner-Stanheight
Cast Credit
Alexandra Bokyun Chun Carla
Avner Garbi Father
Benito Martinez Brett
Dina Meyer Kerry
Ken Leung Detective Steven Sing
Makenzie Vega Diana Gordon
Michael Emerson Zep Hindle
Mike Butters Paul
Monica Potter Alison Gordon
Ned Bellamy Jeff
Paul Gutrecht Mark
Shawnee Smith Amanda
Producer Credit
Daniel J. Heffner Co-Producer
Gregg Hoffman Producer
Jason Constantine Executive Producer
Lark Bernini Associate Producer
Mark Burg Producer
Oren Koules Producer
Peter Block Executive Producer
Richard H. Prince Co-Producer
Stacey Testro Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: