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Secret Window

A movie directed by David Koepp

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Depp and Turturro Give Great Performances in this Eerie Thriller!

  • Apr 30, 2009
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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 dog is killed, a man who saw Shooter talk to Mort is found dead, and crucial evidence that Mort could use to clear his name is destroyed. It is at this point that we start questioning what is real and what is not. As a matter of fact the movie may have been inspired by a recent Russell Crowe movie about John Nash.

The movie motors on to a climax that is different from the normal genre and that is why I rate it so high. Both Depp and Turturro give excellent performances and look for Timothy Hutton in a lesser role as the boyfriend of Depp's estranged-wife.

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April 30, 2009
You know I had a problem with Turturro in this film, he just so quintessentially a New Yorker that his southern accent seemed silly. Sort of like Jerry Seinfeld playing the part.
April 30, 2009
Good Observation. I don't want to throw a comment that is a spoiler to anyone but if people know who Turturro turned out to be in the film and realize that Mort was an author, his accent could have fit.
April 30, 2009
Good point.
 
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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2011
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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 …
review by . November 07, 2009
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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 . 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
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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
posted in Movie Hype
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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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
2004

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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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