Saw (2004)

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Corrected entry: We learn in later sequels that Jigsaw hates murders, despises them, so why would he set Amanda's trap so that in order for her to survive she has to murder someone, then make her his accomplice/apprentice? From what we know about Jigsaw this makes no sense.


Correction: True, Jigsaw may despises straight out murderers, but he has a twisted god complex that does encourage murder. He could have easily said in his mind that if Amanda failed her test, then the guy winning was not murder. He even encourages his main victims in the sequels to murder, especially in Saw VI, which is a personal game from him to a man who has to choose who lives or dies. Even in Saw III, IV, VI, the victims who win their games are placed in danger again, at the hands of someone else or being designed to play another game.

Corrected entry: When Lawrence is reaching for the cellphone, he could've used the hacksaw to pull the cellphone towards him and answered it - finding out that his family was fine, so he never would've shot Adam.

Correction: He is panicking and arguably not of sound mind. He's worried about his family and desperate to get to the phone so he is not thinking rationally. Yes, it would have been easier to use the hacksaw but in an intense situation like that the best solution is usually not evident at the time.

The_Iceman Premium member

Corrected entry: Lawrence and Adam don't even think of sawing through the pipe their chains are attached to, yet they try to saw through every place on their chains.

Correction: In the original version, instead of having Lawrence turn off the lights and have him whisper to Adam to pretend to die from the poisoned cigarette they were supposed to saw through the pipe and whisper through it but James Wan (the director) cut it because it made no sense that they were able to cut through the pipe and not the chain.

Correction: Why would they try to saw through the pipes? There's much more surface area to get through on the pipes than on a chain link, and if the saw doesn't work on the chain link, it wouldn't work on a pipe.

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Corrected entry: When we see Amanda unlocking the padlock, if you look at the timer, it has gone past 60 seconds so she should be dead.


Correction: Just seen this scene. Its not on 60. She still has 10 seconds to get if off. Which makes sense because as soon as she throws it down, it snaps shut.


Corrected entry: Dr. Gordon is seen in a close-up to be sawing through his leg, some inches above the ankle joint and the shackle around it. Considering the long bones of the leg (fibula and tibia) are very tough in a young man, it would take a long time to saw through by hand, during which Dr Gordon should have passed out from pain-induced hyperventilation then died from shock.

Correction: This is not a guarantee, i remember seeing a television film about a farmer in England who got his arm stuck in a harvester and cut through his wrist or forearm with his penknife saw and got back to the farmhouse to call an ambulance before passing out in his driveway, shock can keep a person alive when they should be dead, as can adrenaline, sawing through your own ankle would scare any man enough to produce a hell of a lot of adrenaline.

Corrected entry: When Lawrence leans over to get the picture that Adam tossed him, as he leans over, near the door you can see wires and cords belonging to the camera equipment.

Correction: If you look closely you will see they are there all through the film, and part of the set.

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Corrected entry: Adam wakes up fully submerged in water, yet he pulls a paper envelope out of his pocket that is completely dry, and without any harm to the tape inside.

Correction: The envelope was in a plastic bag.

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Corrected entry: When Dr Lawrance first notices the clock on the wall and tells Adam about it, the time on the clock is around 4 o'clock, but in a later scene after he is told he must "kill Adam by 6 o' clock," the time on the clock is much earlier, around 11-12 o'clock. That much time wouldn't have passed between seeing the clock and finding the tapes.

Correction: When we first see the clock the time is 08:12. The second time it is around 11:00 we don't see all the events of the bathroom so it's easy to assume that a few hours has passed. Not a movie mistake.

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Corrected entry: When Adam is taking the photo of Lawrence in the parking lot, the first two times we see the scene his camera flash goes off, the shutter snaps, and that's it. However, the the third time we see the scene the flashbulb emit a loud, rising pitch sound as the flash recharges just like it did when he was taking pictures in his apartment before being abducted.

Correction: The first two times are Adam's recollections. He is talking over what happened.

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Corrected entry: When Cary Elwes is crawling out of the bathroom after promising to get help, you can see that even though he cut off his right foot, it's his left ankle stump that he's dragging.


Correction: It is only ever his right leg he drags. Even in Saw 7.

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Corrected entry: When Larry notices the clock on the wall, he puts his hand on a pipe. Watch the pipe, it bends in and foams out when he takes his hand off it, revealing it to be made of foam.

Correction: I'm watching it now and the whole of the pipe moves, as a pipe would that is attached from the ceiling to floor.

Corrected entry: Dr. Lawrence Gordon had thrown 1 of the 2 cigarettes to Adam. Adam even began to smoke one of them. Later on when Dr. Gordon slumps to the ground and says "How did I get here? I had everything in order" two cigarettes are on the floor in front of him.



Correction: While it looks like there is only 2 cigarettes on the box, I believe there are 4. If you pause is at exactly 1:00:09, and look at what is on the ground on front of Larry, you can see 3 cigarettes (one by his hand, one by the lighter, and one by something that looks like a piece of paper), and we know that one is still in the box because that is what he switches the poisoned one with. (Clarification, stop motion is not valid in identifying mistakes but I believe acceptable in refuting them)

Corrected entry: The entire film was written, financed, shot, edited, and released in a span of less than 12 months, a feat unheard of in the modern film industry.

Correction: This is not trivia, as there are numerous films released every year that are written, financed, shot, edited and released in less than 12 months. While it is commemerable, it most certainly isn't an "unheard" of feat.

Corrected entry: when Adam is going crazy in the beginning trying to get out of the chains look at his foot its touching the pipe then it is no then it is again.

Correction: People can move their feet fast if they are "going crazy".

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Corrected entry: When Zep and Detective Tapp are fighting in the bedroom, Zep falls to the floor, well beyond the bed. The next shot, he is right at the foot of the bed, and much closer to Tapp.

Correction: Zep falls by the post and stays by the post. Tapp then comes in and tackles him as he is getting up by the post and they land at the foot of the bed.

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Corrected entry: When Jigsaw gets up off of the ground, when he says to Adam "the key to that chain is in the bathtub", if you look at his inner right arm, there is a black wire on it. The wire is attached to his arm by masking tape.


Correction: How is it a mistake? Jigsaw might have been using the wire and had to keep it in place.

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Corrected entry: You can see the hole in Adam's shirt (in the scenes after he beats Zep with the toilet lid) where the bullet went through his shoulder, but it's obvious that there's no hole in his shoulder. It's visible when he's grabbing at it. You can see the blood-stained skin, but it's completely smooth, no hole or anything.

Nick Bylsma

Correction: This may, in reality, be the case. However, as far as suspension of disbelief is concerned, his shirt could easily have shifted positions so that the wound is no longer visible. There is no way to determine whether or not the wound *should* be visible in this shot, and so this can't be considered a mistake.

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Corrected entry: Several times after Dr. Gordon saws his own foot off we see his full body. There is blood around him but never any actually coming from where his foot used to be. In other words, he's not bleeding.

Correction: An unusual, but not unheard of, side affect of severe shock.

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Corrected entry: When Adam throws the photo to the doctor, we see it from Tapp's point of view; from the camera behind the mirror. We see it cut from Adam tossing it to Dr. Gordon catching it, however, there is only one camera recording them. A cut would be impossible.

Correction: There is only one camera recording them, but for the movie there are several cameras showing the action from multiple angles. When the scene cuts, it is not meant or required to be the camera recording them.

Corrected entry: Included in the package of photographs Adam finds in the toilet, is the photo of Zep peering out the window of Dr Gordon's house. In a previous scene, however, we see that the picture was taken by Danny Glover. How did it get into the room with Adam and Lawrence?

Correction: The camera Danny Glover used was a video camera, not a still one. It's also from a different angle. Someone else took that picture, from below.

Corrected entry: The shard of glass that first tells Adam that there is a two way mirror in the room keeps changing position on the floor throughout the movie.


Correction: As they are in the room for about eight hours and the movie is under two hours, it makes sense that Adam would nervously handle objects around him during the un-filmed time.

Corrected entry: The Dr and Adam must be at least 6 meters (6.5 yards) away from each other (both completely stretching out not touching the body in the middle). However, they easily throw pictures back and forth with unflinching accuracy.

Correction: There are only two instances in the movie where a single photo is being thrown. The first time photos were exchanged Lawrence threw his entire wallet to Adam (who returned it), the second time Adam threw the single polaroid to Lawrence, the third time Adam flung a stack of large, stiff photos at Lawrence (and only a few made it all the way across), and finally when Adam throws the picture of Zep to Adam. To throw one single piece of cardboard or stiff, flat plastic that distance is not so difficult as you may think. It requires a certain technique, but it is easy to learn and can be done. And both times he does it, Adam has far from "unerring accuracy". Lawrence has to lie down and reach with his full length to get the photo.


Corrected entry: When Dr. Gordon is tucking his daughter into bed, he is wearing a white t-shirt underneath his blue collared shirt, however when he is chained to the pipe in the bathroom with Adam, he is not wearing an undershirt. In both shots the top buttons of his shirt are unbuttoned.

Correction: Dr. Gordon is wearing an undershirt. This is seen when he takes off his blue shirt to use as a tourniquet for cutting off his foot.


Corrected entry: We find out in the movie that Detective Tapp loses his job and goes insane trying to find the killer after his partner dies during the Warehouse shoot out that occurred with Jigsaw. Lawrence explains that Detective Tapp started stalking him thinking that Lawrence was Jigsaw and due to this, Adam was even hired to take photos of Lawrence. At the very end of the movie, when we discover the true identity of the Jigsaw killer, a montage of clips are shown, including one from the warehouse scene showing Jigsaw's face visible behind his robe. Since Detective Tapp would have easily seen his face when attempting to arrest Jigsaw, he would have known for sure that Lawrence wasn't in fact the Jigsaw killer.

Kelsey H.

Correction: The montage is taking place from a different perspective. We saw the whole warehouse scene, and could tell that Jigsaw's face wasn't visible during any of it. They only showed it during the montage because you now knew who was behind it, and they were just showing it from a new, enlightened perspective.

Corrected entry: When Dr. Gordon couldn't dial 911 on the cell phone; the fact is that 911 is considered a high priority number, even though the outgoing calls are blocked. It is impossible and against the law for service providers to block 911 calls.

Shooting Script

Correction: I work customer service for a major cell phone provider and it is true that it is against the law to disable 911 from phones but Jigsaw was a demented killer who went into painful detail in planning these events for every event possible. It would not be imposible to access third party software and block the calls directly from the phone after hacking the hex values in the operating system on the phone. I have used such products myself to enable/disable locked functions on my own phone.


Corrected entry: During the film, the two cigarettes are placed back inside the box, one bloody, one not. One is then given to Adam. Later on when Larry is crying, we see both cigarettes (clean) lying next to him.


Correction: Actually, earlier in the movie you see some flattened cigarettes on the ground while the doctor us shuffling around, long before the box is located.

Corrected entry: The room where Lawrence and Adam are being held in is at least 10 feet underground (we know this because Zep climbs down a ladder whilst running away from Tapp). Lawrence shouldn't be able to get a mobile phone signal, yet he manages to receive two calls.


Correction: Whether you get a cell phone singal is dependent upon a lot of factors. The depth is not the only one. It would be possible to have a signal.

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Corrected entry: ***SPOILER*** How did the man in the centre of the room (who we know is the mastermind of it all and not dead) get there without an accomplice locking the door? We know a possible accomplice wasn't Zep.

Correction: The door was not locked. Dr. Lawrence couldn't reach it with the chains on. Zep opened it right up at the end. So, it wasn't necessary to lock it. Also, both the Dr. and Adam were unconscious so obviously he set it all up, part of the game.


Corrected entry: If Zep had a "slow-acting poison" in his bloodstream, why did he play the game? Any rational human being (especially one who worked in a hospital) would simply have gone to an emergency room, had his blood analyzed, and been given an antidote. Game over.

Correction: Zep wasn't a rational human being to begin with. Also, anyone who found out there was a poison in their system, would want to get the antidote from the person who put it in there. There's no simple check for poison - without knowing exactly what it is, finding that out can take a huge length of time and finding an antidote could take even longer.


Corrected entry: The doctor takes the gun from the dead body and places the bullet into the chamber of the gun. The bullet is placed in the chamber which would be directly behind the barrel. the placement would be wrong to fire the bullet on the first pull, because revolvers turn the chamber before the hammer hits the blasting cap of the bullet. so the trigger would have to be fired until the chamber completes a whole circle.

Correction: If you watch carefully, the doctor chambers the gun but then begins cycling through the chambers until it gets into the correct position. I noticed your mistake as well but when seeing the scene a 2nd time, I caught this.

Corrected entry: After cutting his foot the Dr throws away the saw but no blood splatters around.

Correction: He had his shirt wrapped round the wound, which would have prevented blood splattering (he was a doctor remember, and would know how to do this).

Corrected entry: When the man with the candle and flammable substance is reading the combinations on the wall during a camera closeup, he is finally set on fire and burned to death. Based on the camera shot, what was in front of him was a wall with safe combinations on it. Look closely at the candle in his left hand. The fire from the candle never gets close enough to his skin to ignite the flammable substance. There is a puff of flame that comes from in front of him that creates the flash of fire that kills him.


Correction: This isn't actually a mistake. It's a scene transition. Everything in the scene is sped up, so they aren't actually going to show when the candle burns down to his hand and sets him on fire. Plus, it's a flashback that's being told by one of the detectives. They don't really know how it happened, just that it did.

Corrected entry: When Dr. Gordon is in the parking garage, he stops walking momentarily, and there is a flash of light behind him. We later learn that this flash is actually from Adam's camera. But when Adam is telling his story of following Dr. Gordon, a picture comes onto the screen of the doctor in the garage, but it is a close up of the front of his face. However, earlier in the movie, the flash came from behind him. Adam could not have taken a picture of Dr. Gordon's face from behind him.

Correction: Actually, the flash came from his left side (the light even flashes across his face). The photograph we see later is taken from a left-hand angle.

Corrected entry: ***SPOILER***After cutting off his own leg, Dr Gordon retrieves the gun from the 'corpse' and fires at Adam, holding the gun somewhere above the head of the jigsaw killer. The earsplitting gunshot should definitely elicit an abrupt movement from the killer. Even experienced cops twitch when they fire off a gun.

Correction: We find out towards the end of the movie that John took a muscle relaxer, and that's how he was able to stay so still for so long.

Correction: Jigsaw probably sedated himself, that is how he could not move for hours on end. You can see he is groggy when he finally gets up.

Corrected entry: SPOILER: The "dead man" turns out to be Jigsaw. How did he position Adam in the tub and get on the floor before Adam woke up? Lawrence was awake when Adam woke up, so how did he not notice what was happening? And if there was a time lapse between Jigsaw's actions and Lawrence awakening, how did Adam not drown in the tub?

Correction: Very simple: the room is so dark they cannot see anything, so Jigsaw had plenty of time to position himself before they found the light switch. It is also explained in Saw 3 that Amanda helped position Adam and the Dr and then turn the lights out on her way out.

Corrected entry: If you look at the revolver as Carey Elwes loads his single bullet at the end, notice all the chambers are empty. If the person on the floor had actually shot himself in the head, there would be at least one spent shell still in the gun.

Correction: *SPOILER* The person on the floor had NOT, in fact, shot himself, so where is the mistake?

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Zep is driving to the toilets with the old black cop driving behind him there is a shot filmed from the front of the Zep's car. Therefore there should be one set of car lights behind him, but there are actually two.

Correction: We also see a set of headlights behind the black cop when a shot is filmed from the front of his vehicle. Is it so unlikely that there could be another driver on the road?

Corrected entry: Near the end of the film, when Zep gets up from the computer/camera, the digital clock reads exactly 6:00 PM. However after he struggles with the wife and policeman, he runs past the clock and the time now reads 6:06 PM, even though only 1-2 minutes have elapsed in real time.

Correction: Most movies aren't filmed in real time.

Corrected entry: When Larry is standing by the bedroom door saying goodnight to his daughter, her bedside night light is on. He then flicks off the main light switch and it cuts back to his daughter's bed. The night light is off.

Correction: Some light switches are hooked up to lamps, and are able to be shut off by the switch.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie Dr Gordon shoots Adam in his left shoulder, later on Adam's wound is on his right shoulder.

Correction: He shoots him in the right shoulder, and the wound is on the right shoulder, no mistake here.

Corrected entry: Why doesn't Dr. Gordon recognise his own patient (Jigsaw), laying before him?

Correction: It was established that Dr. Gordon didn't know his own patients' names (particularly this one) when Zep had to tell the him who the patient was; it's not surprising that he wouldn't recognize the man, especially when the doctor's fearing for his own life (not to mention the fact that Jigsaw's face is covered in blood).


Correction: When lying down jigsaw's head is turned facing Adam, making it impossible for Lawrence to see his face/ recognize John.

Corrected entry: The padlocks could have easily been sawed through. Neither of them even tried.

Correction: Adam's saw broke as he tried to cut through everything around him. Do you honestly think that rusty saw could've sawed through that?

Corrected entry: In the very first scene we see Adam in a bath tub with his leg tethered in chains. Adam wakes up and jumps out of the bath. When the light is switched on we see that the chain attached to Adam's leg is just under a foot in length, which prevents him getting anywhere near the bath, let alone have all the slack to actually lie in it. This is illustrated when Adam leans over to the bath to get the bag with the photo in.

Correction: Adam's legs are facing the pole that the chain is attached to and his legs are out of the bath and as the lights are turned on you can see how close the bath is to the pole, allowing the slack he needs.

Corrected entry: When the two detectives break into the old factory and the drills start moving, why don't they just put something solid between the drills and the man's head to block them? They've got time to do so.

Correction: The reason the two cops didn't try to stop the drills is bcause they both were in a state of panic. Danny Glover was too obsessed with Jigsaw to do anything and the Asian cop just wanted to stop the drills. If he had stopped to look for something to put against the drills he may have ran out of time considering they had no idea what items were inside the warehouse. Besides, who says that the drills would have been stopped? They were probably powerful enough to cut through wood or metal, knowing how well Jigsaw is prepared.

Corrected entry: throughout the entire movie the body in the middle of the floor (the dead guy) constantly changes his feet position, over and over - his foot is either straight down, up and bent, or to the side...

Correction: Not actually being dead might have something to do with that, it's possible that the men chained to the pipes simply didn't notice because they were too focused on their own situation.

Corrected entry: Don't American police officers carry hand radios? Surely after Detective Tapp has his throat slashed the first thing his partner would do is call for backup and an ambulance.

Correction: Because of Danny Glover's obsession with Jigsaw, he tells the Asian officer to drop everything and help him out right away. They both go in very unprepared because Glover wants Jigsaw so badly and isn't thinking. Normally cops would plan the attack and go in full force.

Corrected entry: When Lawrence is telling Adam about Jigsaw, Adam appears to have absolutely no knowledge of the serial killer. However, a killing spree like that would be widely reported - it seems impossible that Adam would never have heard of Jigsaw and his crimes, especially as they happened in the town where he lives.

Correction: We learn from Jigsaw that Adam ignores life around him. He is just a voyeur and "spy" for hire so it is likely he just ignored all the reports of the serial killing. Adam also doesn't have any memories when he wakes up. It is only after Jigsaw shocks him that he begins to remember things so it is reasonable that he didn't remember any of the reports when the doctor is talking to him about it.

Corrected entry: At the end when we find out who the killer is, he can hardly walk because he is so weak. However, a short time later, he manages to slam a large heavy door shut without any apparent difficulty.

Correction: Surely the killer just appeared weak when he first gets up because he had been lying motionless in a room for 8 hours... in which case it is perfectly plausible he would have regained his strength quickly enough to slam the door.

Corrected entry: After Adam plays dead, he is electrocuted to prove he is still alive, presumably by the killer who they assumed was behind the camera. But at the end if turns out the killer was in the room all along - so who was electrocuting Adam? It couldn't be the killer, he remained motionless.

Correction: The killer has a small detonator type device in his hand, which when he presses it, electrocutes someone. We see him use it at the end when he points it at Adam. He could easily press it without the movement being obvious.


Corrected entry: When Adam realises there is a camera behind the mirror in the bathroom, he says, "It's a two-way mirror." Since you can only see through it from one side, surely he meant a one-way mirror?

Correction: There seems to be no standard term for these mirrors - one-way mirror and two-way mirror are interchangeable terms both used for mirrors of this nature.

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Jigsaw: Congratulations. You are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore.



After Dr. Lawrence cuts off his leg and is crawling towards the gun, if you look at his dismembered leg, you can make out the shape of his foot hidden beneath his ripped up slacks.



On the DVD these interesting facts were told by the directors and writers: the character Adam is actually the co-writer of Saw. The Saw was only shot in 18 days and under 1,000,000 dollars, and it all took place in 2 warehouses and the writers/directors came up with the idea by wanting to make a movie that revolves around a single room and the people trapped inside.