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A Secret Handshake (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | Video 1 May 2007
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Jacob is an ordinary man living an ordinary life with his beautiful wife, until the day he wakes up in an eerie hotel room to find himself being brutally tortured by a mysterious woman. He ... See full summary »


Harsh Warrdhan (as Harsh Gijre)


Sukhi Pabla (story), Christopher Hazelett (characters) | 2 more credits »





Credited cast:
Danielle Bitton Danielle Bitton ... Jacob's Lawyer / Exotic Nurse
Subash Chand Subash Chand ... Dr. Suri
Devon Marcel Clark III Devon Marcel Clark III ... Young Jacob
Kennedy Danko Kennedy Danko ... Young Carmen
Philip Hersh ... Jacob's Boss
Paul Howard ... Long John
Tammy Klein ... Carmen's Mother
Jessica Landon ... Carmen
Carrie Lazar ... Victoria
Benjamin Mani Benjamin Mani ... The Bell Boy
Carl McDowell ... Prison Inmate
Robert Olding ... Jacob
Tony Piantedosi Tony Piantedosi ... Prison Guard
Amy Ripley Amy Ripley ... Tiffany
Pandora Sanguine Pandora Sanguine ... Lucy


Jacob is an ordinary man living an ordinary life with his beautiful wife, until the day he wakes up in an eerie hotel room to find himself being brutally tortured by a mysterious woman. He succumbs to the unbearable pain and loses consciousness; only to awake safely back in his own home the next morning to discover that he has been missing for days. At first, Jacob believes his experience was just a vivid nightmare, until it happens again, and then again. As each episode becomes more realistic, he loses his grasp on what is real and what seems to be a sick game. Who are his friends? Who are his enemies? What is the truth? In the end the truth will be a lie, and the evil consuming him will stem not from his actions, but from his secret. Written by Sukhi Pabla

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Drama | Thriller


Not Rated


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Release Date:

1 May 2007 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$30,000 (estimated)
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Color | Color (HDCAM)
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Did You Know?


'A Secret Handshake' screenplay was first written by producers Sukhi Pabla and Christopher Hazelett and was titled 'An Autumn In Paradise'. After years of trying to find funding and to lock in a big name for the lead roles, they had no luck. So they got together and had writer/director Harsha Gijre rewrite the screenplay to fit a smaller budget of less than half a million dollars. And was born 'A Secret Handshake'. See more »

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4 May 2007 | by myloveincruzSee all my reviews

This movie feels like it was a senior art school project conceived and executed on too much acid. If it had been 15 minutes long I might have appreciated it as amusing but thankfully it went on long enough to exhibit every possible limitation of writing, acting and directing ability that this team could share. With a bit more effort at emotion on the "actors" parts, that is if they weren't just friends of the director, it could have claimed to be camp. I guess I watched the whole thing, while asking myself why many times, because I couldn't give up hope that there was some point to my torture only to be rewarded with an ending just a couple steps up from it was just a dream, on the triteometer. And what's up with both the director and writer having the same first name: Harsha? Is that Hindi for, 'Don't make a movie with a someone who's also named Harsha'?

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