Secret Window

Directed By: David Koepp Starring: Johnny Depp

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Intriguing

by Abey on 8/28/2011

This movie keeps you on the edge and guessing, Johnny Depp gives superb performance as always. Good suspense movie, I watched the movie a couple of times and I recommend the movie to any one. This is a must watch, and the flow of the movie keeps you on the hook, guessing till the end. Read More

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Product Overview

Mort rainey, a writer just coming off a troublesome divorce with his ex-wife, amy, finds himself stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger who claims mort stole his best story idea (changing just the ending). Based on a steven king novel: secret window, secret garden.

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Studio Sony
SKU 40242894
UPC 043396036635
UPC 14 00043396036635
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Dreams
Storytelling
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Writers
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "Highly entertaining Stephen King adaptation, stylishly directed..." 11/01/2004 p.160
Directors
David Koepp
Actors
Johnny Depp
Cast & Crew
Charles Dutton - Actor
David Koepp - Screenplay
David Koepp - Director
Fred Murphy - Cinematographer
Gavin Polone - Producer
Jill Savitt - Editor
Joan Heney - Actor
John Dunn-Hill - Actor
John Turturro - Actor
Johnny Depp - Actor
Len Cariou - Actor
Maria Bello - Actor
Philip Glass, et al. - Original Music By
Stephen King - Based On Novella By
Timothy Hutton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 03663
UPC 00043396036635
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Descriptive Video
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource USA Today
Review A potent psychological thriller bolstered by strong performances and an offbeat sense of humor. What
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Reviewer Claudia Puig
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Christian Science Monitor
Review Depp gives a smart, subtle performance, and Turturro is terrific as a foe who's both exactly what he
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Reviewer David Sterrit
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The story is more entertaining as it rolls along than it is when it gets to the finish line. But at
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Depp,Johnny
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
James Berardinelli's ReelViews It's a taught, entertaining motion picture...
Steven Rae, Philadelphia Inquirer Bloody, bone-chilling fun.

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