Saw is a 2004 independent American horror movie. It stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Monica Potter. It was released on October 1, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on October 29, 2004 in the United States. Saw took in almost $104 million worldwide and received high marks, though also some negative review from some critics. It was originally rated NC-17 by the MPAA as a result of strong graphic violence, although it was edited downwards and released with an R rating. The theme of Saw centers on kidnapping, false imprisonment, torture and serial killing. It was followed by six sequels.