Secret Window: Jonathan Wenk
William Stevenson
July 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Secret Window

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/12/04
performer
Maria Bello, Johnny Depp, Charles S. Dutton, Timothy Hutton, Ving Rhames, John Turturro
director
David Koepp
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

In auteur David Koepp’s adaptation of the Stephen King novella Secret Window, Johnny Depp plays disheveled author Mort Rainey, who struggles with writer’s block in a remote cabin while his estranged wife (Maria Bello) shares their old house with her boorish lover (Timothy Hutton). A menacing stranger named John Shooter (John Turturro) pays a visit, accusing Rainey of stealing a story from him. Soon enough, dead bodies — animal and human — start piling up. There are more slow patches than thrills, and Turturro’s good-ol’-boy twang grows tiresome. But Depp’s sly, witty performance and Koepp’s crafty conclusion largely make up for the weaknesses.

EXTRASThe lead actors discuss their characters, and Koepp describes how he went about adapting King’s tale. Animated storyboards and four deleted scenes — including a grislier finale — reveal further film-making secrets. Just be sure to watch the featurettes after the movie.

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