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Secret Window -- A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."
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 of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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
Patricia McCorkle  (as 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 .... fake bodies
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
Richard Shean .... set designer
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 .... re-recording mixer
Tim Chau .... sound designer
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
Phillip Fuller .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Louise Sinclair .... 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
Ryan Da Silva .... Motion Control Focus Puller
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
Marcello Bezina .... stunts
Ben Gauthier .... stunts
Jere Gillis .... stunts
Karine Lemieux .... stunt double: Maria Bello
Karine Lemieux .... stunts
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 .... assistant costume designer (as Rosalie Clermont-Bilodeau)
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
Location Management
Christian Biron .... assistant locations manager (uncredited)
Jeff Caron .... location assistant
Robert Cavalluzzo .... assistant location manager: New York
Kim De Pietro .... location manager
Len Murach .... location manager
Christian Biron .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
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
Christian Rutledge .... music production coordinator: musician contractor
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
Jean-Philippe Collin .... stand-in: John Turturro
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Jen Cox .... first assistant accountant
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
Hélène Muller .... production coordinator (as Helene Muller)
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
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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1) | Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) | SDDS

Did You Know?

Second film in which Johnny Depp and Charles S Dutton star together the other film is Nick of time.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the scene of Mort at the hotel driving away in his car, he looks in the left hand mirror which has the words "Objects in this mirror are closer than they appear." In actual fact, that label is only on the right hand mirror in cars, and appears to have been applied to the left hand mirror for the movie using a cheap sticker label.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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Movie Connections:
References Rosemary's Baby (1968)See more »
Once in a LifetimeSee more »


What is the "perfect" ending that Shooter wants Mort to rewrite for the story?
Who survives at the end of the movie...Mort or Shooter?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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151 out of 195 people found the following review useful.
A movie for writers, by writers, about writing., 22 September 2005
Author: Cycklops from United States

"The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story. And this one, is very good." This line, from the short story by Stephen King, and repeated with such muted insanity by Johnny Depp, is Secret Window in a nutshell.

A lot of people didn't enjoy this movie, because the ending is clichéd and predictable, but I loved the rest of it because of it's true subject matter.

The movie is about writing and the insanity of writers. For those of you unfamiliar with the process...imagine spending months or even years of your life working on a painting that you yourself can never see. You become so close to what you create that you have no idea if it's any good, and the growing doubt of your own ability along with the fear of wasting so much time and effort will most definitely have you pulling your hair out.

That's what Secret Window captures so perfectly. It's obvious Stephen King knows exactly what's going on in Mort Rainey's mind, and Koepp, a successful and busy screenwriter, probably connected with the material for the same reason.

Early in the movie, Mort walks around his house on a typical day when he's working on his latest novel. He does nothing. Sleeps. Talks to his dog. Then finally sits down at the typewriter and writes a single paragraph. He then reads it, realizes it's bad writing, and deletes it. But he does it with a SMILE. And he goes back to sleep happy, because he DID something on that day.

That's the world that Mort Rainey, as a serious writer, lives in. Completely obsessed with trying to paint a blind masterpiece, and scared to death of failure. So you can imagine that when Mort finally completes something that he's proud of, it goes down as one of the great days in his otherwise nervous and stressful existence.

And King has magnified the situation, by stripping our writer of everything else that might make him happy. Mort's personal life is a complete mess. His wife has left him for another man (a subplot staged with perfect awkward bitterness), he has no friends and is living alone in a cabin in the woods. So Mort is a writer and nothing else. The only thing he has left is the hope of his latest novel. And that naturally takes all his effort and gives him nothing but stress and doubt in return. So the only thing that can possibly be keeping him going is his previous work. The satisfaction that comes from having climbed the mountain in the past and created something that truly makes him proud.

And THAT is when the horror begins. Our villain appears, and accuses Mort of plagiarizing one of his previous stories. (If you've followed my description to this point, your stomach should turn a cartwheel at this moment.) Shooter threatens Mort's life, and Mort is left trying to find an original copy of the story to prove to his stalker (and perhaps himself) that he does have a shred of value as a human being.

And of course, as the story goes on...we get a full exploration of the affects of immersing yourself in a fictional world. It goes on to show the paranoia and madness that can come from men when they don't have the steady influence of reality to keep them anchored.

The ending of the story is very predictable and cliché, but I can forgive it, because it is a total natural for this material. Secret Window is a perfect examination of the inner madness that exists in people who create subjective art for a living. Depp's performance is pitch perfect, and people who understand the situation will most likely love this.

If you aren't, however, you won't be able to identify.


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