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At Theaters: 3/12/2004 On Video: 6/22/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 57 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429935
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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In the midst of a painful divorce and messy and unpleasant breakup, Mort Rainery has developed writer's block. Then, when it seems as if things can’t possibly get worse, a psychotic stranger named John Shooter shows up at his doorstep, accuses Rainey of plagiarizing his story and demands satisfaction.

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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - A psychological thriller with quite a bit of humor, several suspenseful scenes, but no real action. I would say it's more of a drama with a few suspenseful moments rather than an actual thriller.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Johnny Depp ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
John Turturro ANGER MANAGEMENT, MR. DEEDS, COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Maria Bello AUTO FOCUS, DUETS, COYOTE UGLY, PAYBACK
Timothy Hutton THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER, PLAYING GOD
Charles S. Dutton GOTHIKA, RANDOM HEARTS, COOKIE'S FORTUNE
Director: David Koepp STIR OF ECHOES
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Production Notes Heading
About The Film
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 GD's, 20 S-words, just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Several killings off camera. Bloody dead bodies shown.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor smoking and drinking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Quite a bit of humor throughout. Should primarily appeal to adults.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Those looking for a standard Stephen King gorefest will be disappointed. The levels of violence and blood are tame enough for the MPAA to issue a PG-13 (although I dispute that because of one scene), leaving the majority of "Secret Window's" horror in the psychological realm. It's a taught, entertaining motion picture that serves its purpose.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good The story is more entertaining as it rolls along than it is when it gets to the finish line. But at least King uses his imagination right up to the end, and spares us the obligatory violent showdown that a lesser storyteller would have settled for.

USA Today Full Review
Good "Secret Window" is a potent psychological thriller bolstered by strong performances and an offbeat sense of humor. What renders it an unsettling cut above many thrillers is the casting of Johnny Depp. Depp lends an appealing eccentricity and a self-deprecating wit to the part of a tortured novelist. ...it's a far better movie adaptation of King's work than last year's dreadful "Dreamcatcher." The movie works until about three-quarters of the way through, when it goes over the top.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 206 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
27
Fairly High
93%
13-19Teens (F)
52
Fairly High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
29
High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
39
Fairly High
87%
30+Adults (M)
25
Fairly High
76%
30+Adults (F)
34
High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 206 moviegoer opinions. About half really enjoyed "Secret Window," rating it "Very Good" or higher. About half of the remaining half rated it "Good," which is a little low and indicates an OK/average movie. Unfortunately, the remaining moviegoers didn't care much for it at all and quite a few actually hated it. This one may be a bit of a gamble, but I still think most will enjoy it enough to be worth their time and money.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Though he knows he should be at his computer writing another book, or at least walking his dog along the sparkling lake outside his dingy cabin, successful author Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) is sleeping on his favorite sofa for up to 16 hours a day. He is in the midst of a painful divorce and everything about the breakup has turned messy and unpleasant. It has sapped his energy and siphoned away his creativity, leaving him with a monumental case of writer's block that renders him incapable of even stringing a simple sentence together.

Then, when it seems as if things can't possibly get worse, a psychotic stranger named John Shooter (John Turturro) shows up at his doorstep, accuses Rainey of plagiarizing his story and demands satisfaction. Despite Rainey's efforts to placate him, Shooter becomes increasingly insistent and hostile, intimating a twisted sort of justice that could include cold-blooded murder. 

Forced into a mind-bending game of cat and mouse, Rainey discovers that he has more cunningness and gritty determination than he ever imagined. In the end, he realizes that elusive Shooter may know him better than he knows himself.

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