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Secret Window (2004)

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

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Storyline

Famed mystery writer, Mort Rainey (Depp) is confronted by a mysterious stranger outside his house. This stranger calls himself John Shooter (Turturro) and claims that Mort has stolen an idea for a story from him. Mort says he can prove he wrote his first, but whilst Mort waits for the evidence to appear, Shooter starts to become more and more violent. Written by Film_Fan

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writer | stranger | divorce | cabin | time | See All (249) »

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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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Release Date:

12 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secret Window, Secret Garden  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,237,568 (USA) (12 March 2004)

Gross:

$2,833,800 (Japan) (12 November 2004)
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Trivia

Mort looking head on into the mirror and seeing the reflection of the back of his head is a reference to the paintings of Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, such as "La Reproduction Interdite" (English: "Reproduction Prohibited"). He often depicted a mysterious man in a bowler hat not unlike the hat that Shooter wears. See more »

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When Mort finds Tom in the station wagon he faints. First we see him pitch forwards. Then the camera (from his perspective) pans to the left but we see him land on the ground to his right. 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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References Ellery Queen (1975) See more »

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Get Down
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Performed by Cham Pain
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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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