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Secret Window (2004)

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A writer is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."

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David Koepp

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), David Koepp (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Joan Heney ... Mrs. Garvey
John Dunn-Hill John Dunn-Hill ... Tom Greenleaf (as John Dunn Hill)
Vlasta Vrana ... Fire Chief Wickersham
Matt Holland ... Detective Bradley
Gillian Ferrabee Gillian Ferrabee ... Fran Evans
Bronwen Mantel Bronwen Mantel ... Greta Bowie
Elizabeth Marleau ... Juliet Stoker
Kyle Allatt Kyle Allatt ... Busboy
Richard Jutras ... Motel Manager
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Window, Secret Garden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,237,568, 14 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,022,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,913,171
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's premiere date was moved up a month to ride the coat-tails of Johnny Depp's success in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), which earned him a SAG award and an Oscar nomination. See more »

Goofs

When the UPS van drives away after delivering the package, camera and crew are reflection in the side of the van. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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The camera pans down to the garden, fading to black when it reaches the dirt. The alternate ending continues underground to the roots of the cornstalks, where Ted and Amy's bodies lay. See more »

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Great!
17 April 2006 | by penguin847See all my reviews

This is based on the Stephen King short story called "Secret Window, Secret Garden". It is about Mort Rainey, a mystery writer who had recently divorced his wife because she has cheated on him. He is struggling with the loss and lives in a cabin on lake with his beloved dog. The movie begins with him taking a nap (he does that a lot in this movie) when he hears a knock on the door, at the door there is a man blaming him of plagiarism. He soon finds out that this man,John Shooter, is very serious about the story situation, he find s his beloved dog dead, along with a few other people. Who is this John Shooter? Does he even exist? Is Mort just plain crazy? Find the answer to all of these questions in this drama/thriller. The violence in this film is scarce but pretty graphic. The language is constant, but since it is PG-13 there is only one use of the F-word, with many used of the S-word. The sexual content is the basis of the movie. Overall i love this movie and recommend it to anyone, though some may find it boring.


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