Saw


1h 40m 2004

Brief Synopsis

A young man named Adam wakes to find himself chained to a rusty pipe inside a decrepit subterranean chamber. Chained to the opposite side of the room is another bewildered captive, Dr. Lawrence Gordon. Between them is a dead man lying in a pool of blood, holding a .38 in his hand. Neither man knows

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Horror
Medical
Thriller
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Burg/Koules; Eastman Kodak; Fotokem Film & Video; Gala Catering, Inc.; J.L. Fisher, Inc.; Kodak; Lionsgate; Panavision, Ltd.; Pinewood Sound; Sonic Magic; Sonic Magic Studios; Sound One; Title House, Inc.; Twisted Pictures
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Angel Films (Denmark); Artisan Entertainment; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Asmick Ace Inc.; Bazuca; Cinestar Films; Cinestar Filmverleih; Contender Entertainment; DeAPlaneta; Distribution Company; Eagle Pictures; Entertainment Film Distributors, Ltd.; Gulf Film, Llc; Hoyts Distribution; Inspire Pictures; Les Films De L'Elysee; Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Metropolitan Filmexport; Myndform; Paris Filmes; RCV Distribution; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Ster-Kinekor; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Videocine
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

A young man named Adam wakes to find himself chained to a rusty pipe inside a decrepit subterranean chamber. Chained to the opposite side of the room is another bewildered captive, Dr. Lawrence Gordon. Between them is a dead man lying in a pool of blood, holding a .38 in his hand. Neither man knows why he has been abducted, but instructions left on a microcassette order Dr. Gordon to kill Adam within eight hours. If he fails to do so, then both men will die; Dr. Gordon's wife, Alison, and his daughter will also be killed. Recalling a recent murder investigation by a police detective named Tapp, Dr. Gordon realizes he and Adam are the next victims of a psychopathic genius known only as "Jigsaw." With only a few hours left to spare, they must unravel the elaborate puzzle of their fate in the midst of mounting terror. The killer has provided them with only a few clues and two handsaws--too weak to break their steel shackles, but strong enough to cut through flesh and bone.

Crew

Keith Adams

Stunt Coordinator

Brian Allan

Titles And Opticals

Cameron Allan

Music Editor

Mark Allan

Visual Effects Coordinator

Luis Arevalos

Swing Gang

David A Armstrong

Director Of Photography

Martin Avitia

Titles And Opticals

Randy Babajtis

Sound Effects Editor

Todd Baldi

Second Assistant Camera

Anthony Baldino

Production Intern

Jeremy Balko

Foley Recordist

Kashka Banjoko

Hair Stylist (For Mr Glover)

Lisa S Beasley

Extras Casting (Cast Of Thousands)

Robert Beebe

Digital Effects Artist

Charles Belardinelli

Special Effects Assistant

Tom Bellissimo

Special Effects Supervisor

Julie Berghoff

Production Designer

Lark Bernini

Associate Producer

Stephen Ladd Bishop

Song

Jacob M Blecha

Swing Gang

Peter Block

Executive Producer

Karen Bolt

Assistant (To Mr Glover)

Mike Brownsher

Sound Editor

Mark Burg

Producer

Miguel Burris

Swing Gang

Mary Chamberlin

Scheduling

Vicky Choy

Production Coordinator

Charlie Clouser

Composer

Charlie Clouser

Music

Chad Cole

Assistant (To Mr Koules & Mr Berg)

Josh Comen

Visual Effects Line Producer

Charles Todd Conally

Song

John Coniglio

Assistant Editor

Jason Constantine

Executive Producer

Michael P Cook

Sound Editor

Zeynep Coskun

Production Intern

Robert Cross

Additional Sound

Brandon Cunningham

Best Boy

Bill Davis

Property Master

Christina Demasi

Costumer

Scott Eddo

Makeup (For Mr Glover)

Robb Englin

Digital Effects Artist

Rocky Faulkner

Prosthetic Makeup

Catherine Ferrez

Digital Effects Artist

Glenn Fields

Lead Construction

Brian Fortenberry

Titles And Opticals

Amy Frederik

Art Department Buyer

Alan Freedman

Adr Recordist

Rhys Fulber

Song

Oscar Garcia

Key Grip

Greg Gayne

Still Photographer

Jillian Giacomini

Script Supervisor

Jerry Gilbert

Rerecording Mixer

Martin Glover

Video Assist/Playback

Martha Goddard

Production Intern

Chris Gordon

Grip

Eric Gorfaine

Strings Arranger

Laura Gray

Tutor

Kevin Greutert

Editor

Christopher Haley

Scenic Painter

Josh Harrison

First Assistant Camera

Nanet Harty

Art Director

David Hayes

Cgi Artist

David Hayes

Titles And Opticals

Daniel J. Heffner

Co-Producer

David Jason Heffner

First Assistant Director

Scott Hinkley

Sound Recordist

Gregg Hoffman

Producer

David Katz

Video Playback

Sherry Kecskes

First Assistant Accountant

Kelly Kilgo

Production Intern

Abigail Kirk

Production Intern

Oren Koules

Producer

Alex Kravets

Interpositives (Title House Digital)

Tom Kuo

Swing

Bill Leeb

Song

Joni Lefkowitz

Assistant (To Mr Hoffman)

Jennifer Levy

Casting Assistant

Yron Levy

Gaffer

Amy E. Lippens

Casting

John Loveall

Best Boy

James Marquez

Sales Representative

Jose Martinez

Swing Gang

Fred Masselink

Lead Composite Artist

Erin Mckenna

Lead Scenic Artist

Tory Mell

Set Production Assistant

Larry Michalski

Sales Representative

Andrew Midgley

Visual Effects Producer

Jonathan Miller

Sound Design

Jonathan Scott Miller

Music Supervisor

Jonathan Miller

Supervising Sound Editor

Alexa Motley

Second Assistant Director

Rocky Mount

Craft Service

Monica Muelhause-horn

Production Accountant

Raul Muniz

Swing Gang

Dan Muscarella

Color Timing

Mike Ocoboc

Digital Effects Artist

Marlo Pabon

Visual Effects Supervisor

Andrew G Patterson

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Bill Persaud

Rigging Grip

Jonathan Platt

Music Supervisor

Richard Prince

Co-Producer

Richard Prince

Production Manager

Jeremy Quinlan

Grip

Charles Radtke

Production Intern

Summer Ramsey

Scenic Artist

Speed Ratliff

Boom Operator

Richard Redlefsen

Prosthetic Makeup

Jeff Reyes

Production Intern

Shelley Roden

Foley Artist

Alexis Ross

Production Intern

Kathy Russo

Costume Supervisor

Eleanor Sabaduquia

Key Makeup

Chris Saltzberg

Production Intern

Amy Sanders

Scenic Artist

Michael G Sarno

Production Intern

Aaron Schuh

Second Assistant Camera

Damien Seckinger

Assistant Foley Editor

Kenneth Selko

Key Set Production Assistant

Brooke Shafer

On-Set Dresser

Tricia Sherwood

Craft Service

Christopher Skeels

Swing Gang

L Ray Skinner

Swing

Karen Smith

Production Intern

Stew Song

Music Supervisor

Jennifer Soulages

Costume Designer

Michael M Steffen

Dolly Grip

Andy Steinman

Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Perry Suppa

Scheduling

Dean Tapia

Video Colorist

John C Taylor

Sound Mixer

Stacey Testro

Executive Producer

Michelle Elam Torres

Hair Stylist

Josh Towers

Swing Gang

Don Van Stavern

Song

Lisa Villaire

Loader

Jonathan Wales

Rerecording Mixer

Vinny Walsh

Grip

James Wan

Story By

Leigh Whannell

Story By

Leigh Whannell

Screenwriter

Scott Wheatley

Scenic Artist

James Whelan

Swing

Andrew Wilson

Liaison

Andrew Wilson

Conciliare

Christian Olde Wolbers

Song

Nohl Wormser

Swing Gang

Ron Wormser

Swing Gang

Alexander Wysocki

Production Intern

Maribel Zuno

Production Intern

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Horror
Medical
Thriller
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Burg/Koules; Eastman Kodak; Fotokem Film & Video; Gala Catering, Inc.; J.L. Fisher, Inc.; Kodak; Lionsgate; Panavision, Ltd.; Pinewood Sound; Sonic Magic; Sonic Magic Studios; Sound One; Title House, Inc.; Twisted Pictures
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Angel Films (Denmark); Artisan Entertainment; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Asmick Ace Inc.; Bazuca; Cinestar Films; Cinestar Filmverleih; Contender Entertainment; DeAPlaneta; Distribution Company; Eagle Pictures; Entertainment Film Distributors, Ltd.; Gulf Film, Llc; Hoyts Distribution; Inspire Pictures; Les Films De L'Elysee; Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Metropolitan Filmexport; Myndform; Paris Filmes; RCV Distribution; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Ster-Kinekor; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Videocine
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 29, 2004

Re-released in United States October 30, 2014

Released in United States on Video February 15, 2005

Released in United States January 2004

Based on the short film "Saw" (Australia/2003) directed by James Wan starring Leigh Whannell and Paul Moder.

Feature directorial debut for James Wan.

Released in United States Fall October 29, 2004

Re-released in United States October 30, 2014 (10th anniversary re-release)

Released in United States on Video February 15, 2005

Released in United States January 2004 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Midnight) January 15-25, 2004.)

Lions Gate made a preemptive distribution deal for the world rights.