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Saw is a 2004 American psychological horror film directed by James Wan. It is Wan's feature film directorial debut. The screenplay, written by Leigh Whannell, is based on a story by Wan and Whannell. The film stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica... read more
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Saw is a 2004 American psychological horror film directed by James Wan. It is Wan's feature film directorial debut. The screenplay, written by Leigh Whannell, is based on a story by Wan and Whannell. The film stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell and Leigh Whannell. In the film, Elwes and Whannell portray two men who awake to find themselves chained in a large dilapidated bathroom, with one being ordered to kill the other or his family will die. It is the first installment of the seven-part Saw franchise. The debut of Wan and Whannell, the screenplay was written in 2001, but after failed attempts to get the script produced in Wan and Whannell's home country of Australia, they were urged to travel to Los Angeles. In order to help attract producers they shot a low-budget short film of the same name from a scene out of the script. This proved successful in 2003 as producers from Evolution Entertainment were immediately attached and also formed a horror genre production label Twisted Pictures. The film was given a small budget and shot for 18 days. Saw was first screened on January 19, 2004. Lionsgate picked up the rights and released the film in the United States and Canada on October 29, 2004. Critical responses were generally mixed and divided, but the film gained a cult following. Compared to its low budget, Saw performed very well at the box office, grossing more than $100 million worldwide and becoming, at the time, one of the most profitable horror films since 1996's Scream. The success of the film prompted a green-light of a sequel soon after Saw's opening weekend, which was released the following October. The film was theatrically re-released by Lionsgate on October 31, 2014 to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Original Release

10/01/2004

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Cast

Cary Elwes Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover Detective David Tapp
Monica Potter Alison Gordon
Michael Emerson Zep Hindle
Ken Leung Detective Steven Sing
Tobin Bell Jigsaw
Leigh Whannell Adam Faulkner-Stanheight
Dina Meyer Kerry
Mike Butters Paul
Paul Gutrecht Mark
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

James Wan

Writers

Leigh Whannell, James Wan

Cast

Cary Elwes Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Danny Glover Detective David Tapp
Monica Potter Alison Gordon
Michael Emerson Zep Hindle
Ken Leung Detective Steven Sing
Tobin Bell Jigsaw
Leigh Whannell Adam Faulkner-Stanheight
Dina Meyer Kerry
Mike Butters Paul
Paul Gutrecht Mark
Benito Martinez Brett
Shawnee Smith Amanda
Ned Bellamy Jeff
Alexandra Bokyun Chun Carla (as Alexandra Chun)
Avner Garbi Father
Hans Raith Detective
Oren Koules Dead Cellmate
Makenzie Vega

Producers

Peter Block Executive Producer
Jason Constantine Executive Producer
Stacey Testro Executive Producer
Mark Burg Producer
Gregg Hoffman Producer
Oren Koules Producer
Lark Bernini Producer
Daniel J. Heffner Producer
Richard H. Prince Producer

Editors

Kevin Greutert

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