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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 204112153
UPC: 043396186958
UPC 14: 00043396186958
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Some windows should never be opened.
Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp (2003 Best Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean) gives his most riveting performance in this action/suspense thriller featuring a top-notch cast including John Turturro, Maria Bello, Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton (1981 Best Supporting Actor, Ordinary People) and Charles S. Dutton.

Following a bitter separation from his wife (Bello), famed mystery writer Mort Rainey (Depp) is unexpectedly confronted at his remote lake house by a dangerous stranger named John Shooter (Turturro). Claiming Rainey has plagiarized his short story, the psychotic Shooter demands justice. When Shooter's demands turn to threats - and then murder - Rainey turns to a private detective (Dutton) for help. But when nothing stops the horror from spiraling out of control, Rainey soon discovers he can't trust anyone or anything. A shocking psychological thriller from the writer of Panic Room, David Koepp.

"A potent psychological thriller bolstered...strong performances...  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Depp gives a smart, subtle performance, and Turturro is terrific...fresh and surprising.  David Sterrit, Christian Science Monitor
"...a taught, entertaining motion picture...  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
" eerie, playful thriller and an all-around entertaining time...  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Bloody, bone-chilling fun.  Steven Rae, Philadelphia Inquirer

Editor's Note
Based on a Stephen King novella, the psychological thriller SECRET WINDOW is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock film. Eccentric author Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) finds his life spiraling out of control. With a drinking problem and a cigarette habit he can't shake, Mort can barely function when his wife (Maria Bello) leaves him and he abandons his work. In the midst of his anguish, a deranged man, John Shooter, (John Turturro) appears at Mort's New York cabin, claiming that Mort has plagiarized one of his stories. As his wife pushes Mort to finalize their divorce and Shooter systematically destroys his life, he struggles to restore order to an increasingly insane situation.

Playing off of Turturro who is superb as the crazed, Gothic Shooter, Johnny Depp shines in his role with a quirky, brilliant performance. The mannerisms he brings to Mort, such as a problem with a clenched jaw, makes the author's descent into madness compelling and believable. With an emphasis on character study over special effects, the chills provided by this film rely on skilled acting and evoke thrillers of earlier generations like PSYCHO and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, including a shocking twist of an ending.


Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, German, Dubbed & Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/7/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 18695
Video UPC UPC: 00043396186958
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.40:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charles S. Dutton
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Marleau
Video Cast Info Joan Heney
Video Cast Info John Turturro
Video Cast Info Johnny Depp
Video Cast Info Len Cariou
Video Cast Info Maria Bello
Video Cast Info Timothy Hutton
Video Cast Info David Koepp - Director
Video Cast Info David Koepp - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ezra Swerdlow - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Fred Murphy - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Gavin Polone - Producer
Video Cast Info Geoff Zanelli - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Gilles Aird - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jill Savitt - Editor
Video Cast Info Philip Glass - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Stephen King - Based On Novella By

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[A]mid all the free-form playfulness, with each actor invited to bring his or her own covered dish of a character interpretation to the party, Depp appears to have his own private ball." 03/19/2004 p.44-5

USA Today
"SECRET WINDOW is a potent psychological thriller bolstered by strong performances and an offbeat sense of humor." 03/19/2004 p.8E

Box Office
"[Depp] provides another one of those quirky, slightly loony performances..." 05/01/2004 p.32

"Highly entertaining Stephen King adaptation, stylishly directed..." 11/01/2004 p.160

ReelViews 8 of 10
Movies based on a previously published story of prolific writer Stephen King have varied across the quality spectrum, from the unwatchable (Children of the Corn, Maximum Overdrive) to the excellent (Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption). Secret Window, adapted by writer/director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes), falls somewhere in between, albeit closer to the latter than the former. Secret Window is more thriller than horror, and will probably resonate most strongly with those who appreciate the mental gymnastics encouraged by the likes of Identity and The Fight Club...The film's strength is one of perspective. It's difficult for a motion picture to effectively employ the technique of the "unreliable narrator" (this is much easier to accomplish in writing), but Koepp overcomes the obstacles with seeming ease. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
The movie stars Johnny Depp in another of those performances where he brings a musing eccentricity to an otherwise straightforward role. He plays Mort Rainey, a best-selling novelist of crime stories; like the hero of "Misery," he reminds us that the original story is by Stephen King. The computer on his desk in the loft contains one paragraph of a new story, until he deletes it. He spends a lot of time sleeping, and has possibly been wearing the same ratty bathrobe for months. His hair seems to have been combed with an eggbeater, but of course with Johnny Depp you never know if that's the character or the actor...All of this could add up to a straight-faced thriller about things that go boo in the night, but Johnny Depp and director David Koepp (who wrote "Panic Room" and directed "Stir of Echoes") have too much style to let that happen. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Depp,Johnny
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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