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Secret Window (2004)

Johnny Depp , Maria Bello , David Koepp  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton, Charles S. Dutton
  • Directors: David Koepp
  • Writers: David Koepp, Stephen King
  • Producers: Ezra Swerdlow, Gavin Polone
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002234LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Secret Window" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four deleted scenes including an alternate ending, two with optional director's commentary
  • "From Book to Film" featurette
  • "A Look Through It" featurette
  • "Secrets Revealed" featurette
  • Animated storyboards: Opening Credits, Pushing Car Off Cliff, Twist Revealed, Into the Garden

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Academy Award(r) nominee Johnny Depp (2003 Best Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) gives his most riveting performance in this action/suspense thriller featuring a top-notchcast including John Turturro, Maria Bello, Academy Award(r) 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 adangerous stranger named John Shooter (Turturro). Claiming Rainey has plagiarized his short story,the psychotic Shooter demands justice. When Shooter't trust anyone or anything. A shocking psychological thriller from the writer of Panic Room, David Koepp.

Johnny Depp gets high off another acting challenge in this tricky adaptation of a Stephen King yarn. Although the mood is too sinister to allow for the mischief of his Pirates of the Caribbean turn, Depp still manages to embroider his role here with plenty of quirky business. He plays a writer, depressed and nearly divorced, who's stuck in an isolated cabin (shades of The Shining) when a stranger (John Turturro) arrives, accusing him of plagiarism. Writer-director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes) does his best to make the rickety material compelling--he gets the maximum out of the cabin set, for instance--but the problems inherent in the King story eventually win out. The climactic scenes are particularly unpleasant, especially in contrast to the cleverness of Depp's performance. A Philip Glass score adds class, but this one ultimately feels like a disappointment. --Robert Horton

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Depp and David Koepp tackle Stephen King June 24, 2004
I know that I read "Secret Window, Secret Garden," the Stephen King novella that was the basis for David Koepp's 2004 film, but I had no conscious memory of the story when I sat down to watch the movie. But either I remembered something deep down inside or it was a mistake to cast Timothy Hutton, who starred in movie version of King's "The Dark Half," in a supporting role in this film because I quickly got to the point where I was wondering if I was reading the film wrong simply because it seemed so obvious to me what was going on.
The main attraction here is Johnny Depp, because he is one actor who can be counted on never to do anything boring and whose flair for eccentricity and his devotion to odd roles is now being taken as a sign of genius. Depp plays Mort Rainey, a writer who is out in the woods in a cabin, starring at a poorly written opening paragraph that is not getting any better. It soon becomes clear that his writer's block is the result of the fact he is in divorcing proceedings with his wife, Amy (Maria Bello); the opening scene of the film shows us the heart of that trauma. Struggling to deal with these twin demons Rainey is confronted by the sudden appearance of John Shooter (John Turturro), a forbidding looking figure who accuses the writer of plagiarizing a story and demands he put things to rights.
Mort is conflicted about his marriage and has no idea what to do with the blank sheet of paper in his typewriter. He wants to be definite about having written the story "Secret Window," but apparently in his deep dark past he plagiarized a story once and given the state he was in when he wrote the story, there just might be something about Shooter's claim.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret window has no secrets, but who cares July 31, 2004
The secret window is a very clever movie that I enjoyed a lot. Johnny Depp once again shows why he is one of the great actors of our time. He played this role very well as a writer who is struggling with his divorce from his wife. Depps wife, played by Maria Bello, has had an affair and is now with the man with whom she had the affair. Depp begins getting a visit from a Mississippi farmer named Shooter claiming Depp stole one of his stories and changed the ending. Without giving away too much the Man begins to torment Depp so he will admit to stealing his story.

The acting in this movie was very good as well as visualization. The person that plays shooter does a very good job. The is very predictable but that should detour you from getting this movie it is still good
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64 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the DVD March 13, 2004
By Katie
'Secret Window' wasn't as good as I expected, but that's just because it wasn't the film I thought it was going to be. The trailers for the movie make it look full of action, and very scary, which is slightly misleading. The film starts quite slow, but Johnny Depp manages to carry it well (with a less talented actor, the movie would probably have been 3 stars, maybe even lower). There were some frightening moments, but none that really affected me or that I remembered. In fact, the film was actually more gory than it was scary.
Johnny Depp's acting is, of course, superb which really brings the rating of the movie up. I actually enjoyed the comedic moments in the movie quite a bit more than the 'horrific' parts. I liked the plot, and the ending, but I found that I predicted the ending slightly earlier in the film than I usually do. I would probably recommend waiting and renting this film. It's much cheaper than spending what seems like a fortune nowadays to see it in theaters. Not seeing it on the big screen isn't a huge downfall either, as there isn't a lot of action.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable...and funny June 27, 2004
This movie was so bizarre, it couldn't really easily be classified: horror, thriller, comedy, drama, was strange! Me and my mom were cracking up most of the time, not because of bad writing or acting, but just because it was hilarious! The line about waking up and "finding your wife nailed to the garbage bin"-said in a Mississippi accent was a scream. Depp was excellent, as always, as a neurotic grungy writer, but unfortunately couldn't carry this movie. When I say watching this was "uncomfortable" I mean that it never got scary, but sometimes I felt unsettled. The scene where he's upstairs thinking that Shooter was in his bathroom was one of these times. I did however, think the scene where we found out what was REALLY going on, was extremely well done. I recommend renting it,just for Depp, *could he be anymore handsome or talented?* But other than that, Shooter will get annoying, your interest will wear thin, and you won't really care what happens to his ex.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinitely better than you'd think May 26, 2005
Facts first: Secret Window is based - loosely - on a novella by Stephen King. I've never read the book, but I did love the movie, and let me tell you why.

Secret Window is about a writer by the name of Morton Rainey (played brilliantly as usual by Johnny Depp) who is in the middle of a nasty divorce from his wife Amy (Maria Bello). Mort suffers from a bad case of writer's block, probably caused more by the fact that he caught Amy with Ted Milner (Timothy Hutton) than anything else. He lives in an isolated cabin in the middle of the woods a good few miles from the nearest town, and is in such a mess that he can't even bring himself to sign the divorce papers.

Enter John Shooter (played with quiet, menacing conviction by John Turturro), a Mississippi farmer who shows up on Mort's doorstep with an accusation of plagiarism. Turturro is great, but perhaps a tad underused in this film. His Southern drawl adds a strange element of creepiness to his performance here, and his most memorable line is, "I'll burn your life and everyone in it like a cornfield in a high wind", which despite its almost cliched threat, is delivered convincingly enough for me to have rated this movie as deserving of five stars.

Mort's life proceeds to descend into absolute chaos. His dog is killed, an old man from town is killed, his private detective is killed...the suspense is nail-biting. David Koepp's directing is fantastic, and upheld nicely by Fred Murphy's moody cinematography and Philip Glass's appropriately menacing score.

The ending in particular was a work of master genius, and as Mort says numerous times, the ending is the most important part of the story. As a writer myself, I tend to agree, and this one does not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great movie with Johnny Depp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Psychological Thriller
I really don't care what everyone has said about this movie that was bad. I very much enjoyed it. I was barely 13 when I saw it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great! I would recommend this seller.
Published 4 days ago by Ree
2.0 out of 5 stars Listed as "Thriller, Mystery" but should have been listed under...
This film, as a previous reviewer stated, does indeed move quite slowly. So slowly, that I was bored and wondering about Amazon refunds in the first few scenes. Read more
Published 8 days ago by cg74
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great movie one of my favorite thrillers
Published 14 days ago by kena
5.0 out of 5 stars You Stole my Storrrry.
Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Stephan king love jonny depp
Excellent movie typical stephan king suspense thrille
I purchased this product on and was very satisfied
Published 20 days ago by Debbie Lou Young
4.0 out of 5 stars I was glad I did
I had seen the last half of the movie on TV. It seemed interesting but I could not fully understand it. That prompted me to rent it. I was glad I did . Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars despite Depp's fine, maniacal performance
A truly jumble of a film, despite Depp's fine, maniacal performance.
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