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Secret Window -- A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."
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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
David Koepp (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 March 2004 (USA) See more »
The most important part of a story is the ending. See more »
A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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Depp saves the day See more (520 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Johnny Depp ... Mort Rainey

John Turturro ... John Shooter

Maria Bello ... Amy Rainey

Timothy Hutton ... Ted Milner

Charles S. Dutton ... Ken Karsch

Len Cariou ... Sheriff Dave Newsome
Joan Heney ... Mrs. Garvey
John Dunn-Hill ... Tom Greenleaf (as John Dunn Hill)

Vlasta Vrana ... Fire Chief Wickersham
Matt Holland ... Detective Bradley
Gillian Ferrabee ... Fran Evans
Bronwen Mantel ... Greta Bowie

Elizabeth Marleau ... Juliet Stoker
Kyle Allatt ... Busboy

Richard Jutras ... Motel Manager
Kevin Woodhouse ... Public Works Guy
Vito DeFilippo ... Public Works Guy

Sarah Allen ... Sheriff's Niece
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isabelle Champeau ... Photojournalist (uncredited)

Directed by
David Koepp 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novella "Four Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden")

David Koepp (screenplay)

Produced by
Gavin Polone .... producer
Ezra Swerdlow .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Geoff Zanelli 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Jill Savitt 
Casting by
Pat McCorkle 
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
Howard Cummings 
Art Direction by
Gilles Aird 
Set Decoration by
Francine Danis 
Costume Design by
Odette Gadoury 
Makeup Department
Chantal Bergeron .... assistant hair stylist
Nathan J. Busch II .... hairdresser: New York (as Nathan Busch)
Réjean Goderre .... key hair stylist
C.J. Goldman .... special makeup effects artist
Erik Gosselin .... special prosthetics
Christine Larocque .... wig maker
Adrien Morot .... special makeup effects supervisor
Patricia Regan .... makeup artist: New York unit
Martin Samuel .... hairdresser: Mr. Depp
Micheline Trépanier .... key makeup artist
George Tucci .... special makeup effects artist
Sylvania Yau .... special makeup effects coordinator
Patty York .... makeup artist: Mr. Depp
Production Management
Manon Bougie .... unit production manager
Patrick Legault .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesabelle Boileau .... additional third assistant director
Ariane Côté-Chénier .... additional third assistant director
Pedro Gandol .... first assistant director
Linda Perkins .... second assistant director: New York
Evelyne Renaud .... trainee assistant director
David 'Wex' Wechsler .... first assistant director: New York
Art Department
Carole Arpin .... on-set props
Claude Beaucage .... carpenter
Real Capuano .... scenic technician
Martin Chalifoux .... construction coordinator
Marcel Pierre Dussol .... props
Denis Hamel .... property master
Patrice Jacques .... prop maker
Annie Jamison-DeMarbre .... construction coordinator
Alexandre Juneau .... set dresser
Raynald Langelier .... set designer
Félix Larivière-Charron .... set designer
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist
William F. Reynolds .... set decorator: New York
Lucie Tremblay .... set designer
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound effects recordist
Michael Barry .... supervising sound mixer
David Briggs .... foley editor
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Tim Chau .... sound designer
Tim Chau .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Chau .... supervising sound mixer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Lee Dichter .... supervising sound mixer
Maxime Ferland .... boom operator
Albert Gasser .... sound effects editor
Henry Godding Jr. .... adr recordist: Montreal
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Brad Kanfer .... assistant sound editor
Mathew Knights .... adr recordist
Sean Landeros .... sound recordist
Avi Laniado .... engineering support
Howard London .... adr mixer
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Angela Organ .... assistant adr editor
Glenfield Payne .... foley editor
Patrick Rousseau .... sound
Marilyn Teorey .... assistant sound editor
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
Akil Wilson .... assistant sound editor
Keenan Wyatt .... sound technician
Louise Sinclair .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Manon Boucher .... special effects technician
Louis Craig .... special effects director
Mario Dumont .... special effects floor supervisor
Normand Gobeille .... special effects technician
André Laforest .... special effects technician
André Laperrière .... special effects rigger
John Poulter .... special effects technician
Philippe Roberge .... special effects technician
Ryan Storm .... effects technician
Bernard Guay .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Dimitri Kaliviotis .... model maker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jacqueline Allard .... rotoscope
Christopher Almerico .... visual effects coordinator
Arthur Argote .... digital compositor
David Bailey .... digital matte painter
Joseph Brattesani .... digital compositor
Marc Cote .... motion control operator
Pierre Couture .... visual effects coordinator
Pierre Couture .... visual effects producer
Ron Crabb .... matte painter
Travis Dutch .... scanning and recording
Kevin Fitzgerald .... motion control operator
William Higgins .... digital effects artist
Lubo Hristov .... digital matte painter
Nancy Hyland .... digital compositor
Irene Kassow .... visual effects editor
Darren Locke .... pre-visualization: Keyframe Digital Productions
Tom Lynnes .... CG supervisor
Margaux Mackay .... visual effects supervising producer
Gray Marshall .... visual effects supervisor
Craig Mathieson .... digital compositor
Matt McFarland .... scan/record manager
Jennifer Mizener .... visual effects production office coordinator
Jim Rider .... Flame artist
César Romero .... digital compositor
Robert Scifo .... digital matte painter
Craig Shumard .... motion control technician
Marcello Bezina .... stunt double
Jere Gillis .... stunts
Karine Lemieux .... stunt double: Maria Bello
David McKeown .... stunt coordinator (as Dave McKeown)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-François Abran .... electrician
Sylvain Bernier .... gaffer
Stephane Boisvert .... generator operator
François Daignault .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Dinel .... best boy grip
Mathieu-Félix Drouin .... clapper loader
Mathieu Décary .... first assistant camera
Stephanie Girard Hamelin .... video assist operator
Lukasz Jogalla .... camera operator
Tom Kerwick .... key grip: New York
Andre-Pierre Lampron .... additional electrician
Patrick Lima .... dolly grip
Kenneth MacKenzie .... key grip
Pierre Malo .... rigging electrician
Charles Marcotte .... electrician
Jordi Montblanch .... grip
David Reinhard .... daily second assistant camera
Alain Rousseau .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Stephane Tanguay .... electrician
Abeille Tard .... camera trainee
Marco Venditto .... rigging gaffer
William M. Weberg .... best boy grip: New York
Jonathan Wenk .... still photographer
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer: New York
Casting Department
Lee Genick .... extras casting
Andrea Kenyon .... casting: Canada
Gabriel Lavina .... casting assistant: Montreal
Ed Lewis .... casting associate
Wendy O'Brien .... casting associate
Randi Wells .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosalie Clermont-Bilodeau .... assistant costume designer
Isabelle Leduc .... wardrobe assistant
Roseann Milano .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Lyse Pomerleau .... costume supervisor
Leah Yananton .... costume assistant: New York
Editorial Department
Steve Bowen .... digital colorist
Adam Geiger .... assistant editor
David Hamme .... colorist: dailies
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Berenicci Hershorn .... assistant film editor
Jordan Lindblad .... editorial production assistant
Chris Regan .... color timer
Will Reichel .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor: temp score
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Suzie Katayama .... music preparation
Blake Neely .... additional conductor
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Mark J. Petracca .... music consultant
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Michael Riesman .... music scoring mixer
Alan Elliott .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Steve Kempster .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Vincent Brabant .... driver
Bertrand Calmeau .... driver
Alexandre Juaneda .... transportation captain
André Michaud .... driver
Daniel Ross .... transportation coordinator
Tania Veri .... cast driver: Maria Bello
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Liza Bambenek .... unit loader: New York
Melanie Bergeron .... key set medic
Lisa Marie Blair .... photo double: Maria Bello
Mathias Bocquillon .... assistant: Mr. Depp
Jeff Caron .... location assistant
Robert Cavalluzzo .... assistant location manager: New York
Jean-Philippe Collin .... stand-in: John Turturro
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Jen Cox .... first assistant accountant
Kim De Pietro .... location manager
Christi Dembrowski .... assistant: Mr. Depp
Yves Desjardins .... travel coordinator
François Doré .... police liaison: Sûreté du Québec, Montreal
Émilie Dussault .... assistant: Mr. Swerdlow (as Emilie Dussault)
Jocelyne Gagné .... key second asst accountant
Guylaine Gosselin .... animal trainer: squirrels
Marjorie Hamel .... production assistant
Buck Holland .... assistant: Mr. Depp
Alan Jacques .... projectionist
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... special equipment supplier
Marc Julien .... set production assistant
Steve Leblanc .... truck production assistant
Julie Mongeau .... assistant: Mr. Koepp
Nico Muhly .... midi supervisor
Helene Muller .... production coordinator
Len Murach .... location manager
Janice Naehu .... assistant: Mr. Koepp
Will Reichel .... assistant: David Koepp
JP Sarni .... office production assistant: New York
James Smith .... assistant: Mr. Polone
Romy Stutman .... assistant: Mr. Polone
Sophie Tessier .... production assistant
Deana Vinciullo .... production assistant: New York
Martin Williams .... safety rigger
Christian Biron .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Jason Messeri .... set production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, sexual content and language
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The DVD Audio Commentary with director David Koepp was recorded on 4 March 2004, before the cinema release.See more »
Continuity: When Mort goes to Ken Karsch's office, Ken hits the button on his clock. The button is on his (Ken's) left. Mort reaches forward and pushes the right button to stop the clock. Later, Ken reaches forward and pushes the right button to start the clock again (this button can't be pushed down; it's already down). After this, the buttons alternate being up and down throughout the scene.See more »
[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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Once in a LifetimeSee more »


Is "Secret Window" based on a book?
What is the "perfect" ending that Shooter wants Mort to rewrite for the story?
What happened to the cleaning lady?
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69 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Depp saves the day, 23 June 2005
Author: rbverhoef ( from The Hague, Netherlands

Director David Koepp has written some nice screenplays ('Carlito's Way', 'Panic Room') and I liked his 'Stir of Echoes'. Here he comes with a thriller based on a Stephen King novel that is not very good but has some qualities. The best quality here is another terrific performance from Johnny Depp. No matter what he does, he succeeds in making a film entertaining even when it should not be.

Depp is a writer named Mort Rainey, recently divorced because his wife (Maria Bello) cheated on him. Now he lives in a cottage near a lake, alone, writing his new book. One day a man rings his bell telling Rainey he has stolen one of his stories. Rainy is unaware of this fact and he can prove it; a magazine printed his short story a couple of years before the man, who is named John Shooter (John Turturro), claims he has written his version. Shooter wants to see this magazine before he believes it, causing quite some trouble in the meanwhile.

This is a film with a secret, something we understand pretty soon. I will not reveal it, but most people will come up with an idea and find out they are right. Even though it has a secret it plays too much like a lot of thrillers we have already seen. Interesting performances (Bello is pretty good as the wive too) and some dry humor does not change that. There is one other thing I liked. Koepp payed some good attention to what David Fincher did with his 'Panic Room' screenplay, especially with the camera. There are some great shots here and together with Depp they make sure 'Secret Window' is not wasted.

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