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Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Thriller | 12 March 2004 (USA)
A writer is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."

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Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Some windows should never be opened. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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12 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Secret Window, Secret Garden  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,237,568 (USA) (14 March 2004)

Gross:

$48,022,900 (USA)
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Ving Rhames was offered a role, but turned it down, due to a scheduling conflict. See more »

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When Mort finds Tom in the station wagon, initially the window is open. In the next shot it is closed and covered in blood. See more »

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[first lines]
Mort: [voiceover] Turn around. Turn around. Turn the car around and get the hell out of here. Right now. Don't go back. Do not go back there.
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At the end of the credits Johnny Depp can be briefly heard singing "Shortnin' Bread". See more »

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No Secret Here
3 June 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Not exactly a memorable or path-breaking movie of its genre, 'Secret Window' does manage to be fun to an extent. The story is easily predictable and there are plenty of unintentionally funny moments (which were supposed to provide thrills). It is pretty much just another thriller but the locations (especially the landscape and nature round the lake house) are very pleasing to look at and the cinematography is quite impressive, even though it's highly overdone in the end sequence. The way the 'revelation' is displayed towards the end is hilarious and overly dramatic. Perhaps 'Secret Window' would have worked better had it been more subtle. The plot holes do not provide much advantage to the film. Johnny Depp is great at what he's given to do but the role itself suffers from poor writing. Torturro is adequate. The supporting cast are just there. They don't contribute much and the actors are just okay. If it weren't for Depp and the nice lakeside view, this would be just another mediocre thriller


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