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Secret Window
- Johnny Depp

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Cast List

David Koepp - Screenwriter/Producer
Charles S. Dutton - Actor/Director
Charles Dutton - Actor/Director
Timothy Hutton - American Actor "Ordinary People"/Son Of Actor Jim Hutton
Tim Hutton - American Actor "Ordinary People"/Son Of Actor Jim Hutton
Fred Murphy - American Director Of Photography
John Turturro - American Actor/Director, BARTON FINK (1991)
Gavin Polone - Producer "8MM"
Maria Bello - American actress, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Johnny Depp - American Actor - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STR
Philip Glass - American Composer
Stephen King - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Richard Bachman - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 96
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396036635
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (violence/terror, sexual content and language)
  • Release Date: June 2005

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Theatrical Release: MARCH 12, 2004

Reviews:
"[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 Entertainment Weekly, p.44-5


"SECRET WINDOW is a potent psychological thriller bolstered by strong performances and an offbeat sense of humor." - 03/19/2004 USA Today, p.8E


"[Depp] provides another one of those quirky, slightly loony performances..." - 05/01/2004 Box Office, p.32


"Highly entertaining Stephen King adaptation, stylishly directed..." - 11/01/2004 Uncut, p.160

 
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