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You f-cking bitch! You pull *any* shit like that again, I will f-cking kill her! Do you hear me? If you step outside, I'll kill her! If I see a uniform inside this house, I'll cut her f-cking throat! Do you understand?
~ Raoul to Meg Altman.

Raoul was the main antagonist of the 2002 thriller film Panic Room.

He was portrayed by Dwight Yoakam, who also portrayed Doyle Hargraves in Sling Blade.

Biography

The New York brownstone that single mother Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) just moved into contains an impenetrable panic room, made of steel and concrete, that contains a safe with millions of dollars in bearer bonds. Raoul is a bus driver and he's among three burglars who arrive late at night to break into the panic room and steal the money. He wore a black ski mask for most of the film. The first is Junior, a gangster wannabe and seasoned criminal that knows of the bonds because of his grandfather.

The second is Burnham, a pleasant blue collar worker that installs panic rooms for a living and is only doing this because he is desperate for money for his son. Junior reveals that he hired Raoul because his name was mentioned among good thugs. Raoul reveals that he has a pistol, much to the chagrin of Burnham, who does not wish to hurt anyone. Raoul would later demonstrate his unpredictability by getting into a fight with Junior over money and shooting him in the head as he tried to walk away. Raoul then shot Junior's dead body again and beat Stephen, Meg's husband, when he arrived.

Raoul then held his gun on Burnham, forcing him to stay and find a way to get into the panic room. He told Burnham to find a way into the panic room by the time he counted to three so he could get the one million dollars he was after. Raoul then discovers that Stephen is Meg's ex-husband and begins beating him viciously so Meg could see it on the security cameras. Burnham tried to tell Raoul to stop, but he refused. Stephen later grabs Raoul's gun and shoots at him, but he misses, and is further injured by Raoul, later being nearly beaten to death by him.

Death

Raoul left Stephen behind and ran into the panic room with Burnham as the thick steel door slammed shut, crushing his hand. Raoul freaks out in intense pain, and threatens to kill Sarah. After Burnham leaves with the money, Raoul picks up a sledgehammer and viciously attacks Meg and her daughter, striking Meg in the face repeatedly. Raoul is stabbed in the neck with an glucogon syringe by Sarah, but he knocks her away, raising the sledgehammer above Meg's head. However, just in time, Burnham comes back, having heard the struggle, and picks up Raoul's discarded pistol, shooting him in the back of the head and saving their lives. Burnham is later arrested.

Personality

Raoul was a wisecracking psychopath that was the only real threat to Meg and Sarah Altman in the film. From the beginning, he is more cruel and murderous than his two comrades. He is not afraid of killing people or even children in the secure room. Raoul doesn't speak much, but when he does, he is either making wisecracks or serious threats.