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Secret Window

A movie directed by David Koepp

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A Quick Tip by Butterfly1961

  • Jul 9, 2011
Being an avid Johnny Depp fan, I watched this movie for the 50th time again last night. Based on Steven King's "Secret Window Secret Garden" this film is one that I can watch over and over again and still be entertained.

Depp plays author Mort Rainey who is being stalked by John Shooter (played by John Turturro); Shooter claims that Mort stole his story years ago and Mort unsuccessfully tries to prove Shooter is wrong - in the meantime bad things start to happen and Shooter is becoming violent.  To add to the stress, Mort is trying to get himself together after finding his wife (Maria Bello) in bed with another man (Timothy Hutton) 6 months earlier.  This is a film that has few characters but is nonetheless gripping and eerie in a mild way; Depp carries out his character flawlessly as a guy who scares easily, is timid and humorous, and he brilliantly pulls off looking like a total dweeb yet still be hot. The story manages to not be boring despite not having lots of action in it.

If you want to see a simple yet effective film with psychological undertones, intrigue, a little bit of humor, mystery and a wonderful surprise ending, you need to see this one!
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July 11, 2011
I recently bought this DVD. I still need to watch it. Nice QT, Brenda!
July 11, 2011
Let me know how you like it Adrianna; me thinks you'll enjoy it!!
July 12, 2011
I hope so. I haven't had much time for films, so I have no idea when I will get to it. I have this sneaking suspicion that you are right...and I will like it!
July 12, 2011
Oh no Adri--you must make the time to be "Depped"!! All the reviews I read after watching it for the first time long ago are right on the mark--you will love it!!
July 12, 2011
lol! I know...I'm so bad with making time for things. I did enjoy the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean with Depp. :)
July 10, 2011
you and Depp and eyeliner....oi. LOL!
July 10, 2011
I know it LOL.....a girl's gotta have her fantasy!!!!
July 09, 2011
Love this flick! Great write-up Brenda...and really, could Depp EVER not look hot? Methinks not ;p
July 10, 2011
LOL - Thanks Samantha!
More Secret Window reviews
review by . November 07, 2009
Some windows should never be opened...
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 …
review by . April 30, 2009
Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) a writer in a remote house in upstate New York, encounters an "apparent" fan, a character named Shooter (John Turturro). Shooter has accused Mort of stealing his story and threatens to kill Mort and everyone he may have ever known if he doesn't fix the situation.       Mort hires a special investigator (Charles Dutton to locate Mr. Shooter and try to stop him.       Shooter begins affecting Mort and his life almost immediately, …
review by . January 26, 2009
Johnny Depp plays a strange character in this movie. I am not going into much detail on this review because I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone that intends on watching it. To give a brief summary Johnny Depp catches his wife cheating on him at the beginning of the movie and they separate and file for divorce. He is a successful author and is working on him next book when a man shows up at his front door and complains that he stole his story years ago. This man threatens and continues to …
review by . November 15, 2008
Secret Window
Back in 1990 Stephen King wrote a fairly forgettable short story in his "Four Past Midnight" collection (more widely known for the story 'The Langoliers') called "Secret Window, Secret Garden." Fourteen years later it comes to sighing, whispering life on the screen, portrayed with excellent acting and a very clean script.     Johnny Depp has morphed into a truly great actor, talented and versatile, and he brings Mort Rainey's quirky writer's personality into a fully fleshed out …
review by . November 17, 2008
This is a typical Stephen King story, well adapted for the big screen, and held together by the intriguing and extremely talented Johnny Depp. Depp plays Mort Rainey, author of a novel titled "Secret Window", who is suffering from writer's block, nicotine withdrawal symptoms and being nearly divorced from his wife (Maria Bello, looking the opposite of Coyote Ugly)     The title of this review has a triple translation. The first is because Mr. Depp is so good in it; the second …
review by . March 04, 2005
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Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) a writer in a remote house in upstate New York, encounters an "apparent" fan, a character named Shooter (John Turturro). Shooter has accused Mort of stealing his story and threatens to kill Mort and everyone he may have ever known if he doesn't fix the situation.     Mort hires a special investigator (Charles Dutton to locate Mr. Shooter and try to stop him.     Shooter begins affecting Mort and his life almost immediately, Mort's …
review by . February 04, 2005
Pros: Johnny Depp     Cons: .........     The Bottom Line: ______________     Well now.       Original storyline? No. Incredible delivery? Yes.       I won’t try to blow smoke up your bum, this would be just another Stephen King book brought to the screen in a mildly amusing manner if it wasn’t for Johnny Depp. It’s not like the story itself is original, although King adds his own whimsical …
review by . February 01, 2005
Secret Window, is listed as suspense rather than the usual horror label, an adaptation of a Stephen King story, "Secret Window, Secret Garden". But with a cast featuring Johnny Depp, John Tuturro and Charles Dutton, I thought this movie would be worth the effort. And it is, as far as the acting concerned, but the acting seriously outweighs the quality of the screenplay, which begins promisingly enough, but fails to deliver much in the way of ongoing suspense. However, there is an uneven tension …
review by . July 19, 2004
Pros: Johnny Depp - pretty scenery     Cons: The plot - the dialogue - could not be taken seriously     The Bottom Line: This should win a Golden Turkey Award. Bad story, bad acting, just all around a let down.     I am a fan of Johnny Depp. I enjoy his acting and seek out his films. He always brings a unique perspective to his work which I enjoy. I am also a big fan of John Turturro and have seen almost all of his films. Again, he brings …
review by . March 11, 2004
Pros: Depp      Cons: Conclusion is matter of fact     The Bottom Line: Depp is amazing and is the reason to see this film.     Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) is a man with problems. Six months after learning of his wife’s infidelity, Mort is facing a nasty divorce and suffering through a bad case of writers block. For a best-selling writer used to the spotlight, Mort has withdrawn to a secluded cabin in upstate New York and spends his time …
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I love to read mysteries and thrillers; I am addicted to scary psychological thrillers and horror movies; "The Exorcist" and "Silence of the Lambs" being 2 of my favorites. I love … more
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Starring Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton
Directed by David Koepp
Writer:  David Koepp (screenplay) Stephen King (story)
Based on the short story "Secret Window, Secret Garden" by Stephen King

Product Description
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. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 09/20/2005 Starring: Johnny Depp Maria Bello Run time: 96 minutes Rating: Pg13
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Director: David Koepp
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date: March 12, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 46min
Studio: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Grand Slam Productions
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