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Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 12 March 2004 (USA)
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A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.

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

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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

John Turturro decided to appear in the movie because his son, a big fan of Stephen King, convinced him to. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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At the end of the credits Johnny Depp can be briefly heard singing "Shortnin' Bread". See more »

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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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References Chico and the Man (1974) See more »

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A very well crafted and skilled psychological thriller
7 October 2009 | by lopcar1993See all my reviews

I've seen psychological thriller's that try to scare you more than melt your brain, this one I'm proud to say does both. It's a very, very malicious and haunting thrill machine. I t brings the very essence of how horror and Psycho thriller's are suppose to be done, not with over the top gore and CGI, but with old school conventional means.

Secret Window is as sinister as it is smart it rolls along at a very steady pace and brings more to the table than what was required. It shows you what the decent into madness and utter chaos looks like, it shows you the depth and moral ambiguities of a torn man who's lost everything. With that said you can examine the physic of the mind as it cracks under extreme and constant pressure and how your choices do affect who you help, or who you hurt. This film's pace and dark style is meant to reflect horror films of the 40's, 50's, 60's and early 70's before gore became cool but that makes this film such a joy to watch and study. And that makes it a great film, not a good film, a great film.

Johnny Depp( who was fantastic here.) gives a very eccentric and brilliant performance as the conflicted writer Mort Rainey, John Turturro does exceptionally well as the sinister and vicious Shooter and he almost outclasses Depp in this film. Charles S. Dutton does well with the few scenes he's. But the main let down and I think the reason for this film's poor reviews from critics were the bland and very lame performances of Timothy Hutton( he won an Oscar he can do better than this.) and Maria Bello, they really lowered the caliber and class of this film and forced Depp to try harder to make them look good and make there time on screen with him good, but he succeeds and they fail. But Turturro and Depp hold up strong.

Secret Window is a very Keene and captivating psychological/horror thriller that is surefire mind boggling entertainment and out of this world fun. This movie is great rainy day entertainment or any day entertainment for that matter it's just all around a fantastic and mind boggling film that makes you question the sanity of writers and the world they live in ( speaking as one myself.) it brings to question as the thoughts in our mind really our conscious or our selves just speaking out to right the wrongs doe against us It's a film that ask those questions and then you have to answer. All in all Secret Window was a sinister, malicious and thought provoking film that delivers a movie going experience like no other.


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