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Secret Window
Movie: Secret Window(2004)[tt0363988] Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. Written byAnthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}
Title Secret Window
Release Date 30 April 2004 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Production Companies Grand Slam Productions, Columbia Pictures, Mel's Cite du Cinema
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp...
Mort Rainey...
John Turturro
John Turturro...
John Shooter...
Maria Bello
Maria Bello...
Amy Rainey...
Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton...
Ted Milner...
Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton...
Ken Karsch...
Len Cariou
Len Cariou...
Sheriff Dave Newsome...
John Dunn-Hill
John Dunn-Hill...
Tom Greenleaf (a...
Vlasta Vrana
Vlasta Vrana...
Fire Chief Wickersham...
Matt Holland
Matt Holland...
Detective Bradley...
Elizabeth Marleau
Elizabeth Marleau...
Juliet Stoker...
Richard Jutras
Richard Jutras...
Motel Manager...

Reviews

rjsuno on 8 June 2005
This is one of the few movies that you will either love or hate. There is no middle ground. The people that have slammed this movie must not have understood a lot of the symbolism. Seriously, some of it is obvious but a lot of it would require you listen to the Director's commentary to catch.While aspects of the story are predictable, you will never see the last couple minutes coming. Koepp made a film that HE believed in, with a finale that may not sit well with the general public. For this, I applaud him.As I've noted on the message board, Koepp borrowed a page from Hitchcock's book and relied on our imagination to fill in the gaps during the violent sequences. Some of it is shown but certainly not all. Without question this film tested the limits of the PG-13 rating but Koepp did not take the easy way out and turn this film into an R-rated gore fest. This film proves that PG-13 films can be gritty and poignant.Depp's performance is amazing, as can be expected. The cinematography is awesome. Watch this film with an open mind, taking to heart each character's motivations.If you've already seen the film I would strongly suggest you watch the Featurettes and listen to the Director's commentary on the DVD. You may find this to be quite an eye opener.My Score: 8/10 stars

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