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Film Date :   March 12, 2004
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Secret Window

Secret Window

Secret Windowis a 2004 psychological horror film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro . It was written and directed by David Koepp , based on the novellaSecret Window, Secret Gardenby Stephen King ,featuring a musical score by Philip Glass and Geoff Zanelli . The story appeared in King's collectionFour Past Midnight. The film was released on March 12, 2004, by Columbia Pictures .

Successful author Mort Rainey ( Johnny Depp ) suffers a psychotic break when he catches his wife, Amy ( Maria Bello ) having an affair. He procrastinates finalizing the divorce by retreating to his secluded cabin in the rural town of Tashmore Lake in upstate New York . Depressed and suffering from writer's block , Mort is confronted one day by the mysterious John Shooter ( John Turturro ), a Mississippi dairy farmer who accuses him of plagiarism . Shooter leaves his manuscript "Sowing Season" which he alleges was copied. Mort dismisses Shooter as mentally ill and throws the book away, but his cleaning lady digs it out of the trash and presents it back to him. With his curiosity piqued, Mort reads the story and is surprised to discover its resemblance to his own story "Secret Window".

During his walk the following day, Mort is accosted by Shooter when he explains his story was published years before Shooter's existed. He is given a three-day ultimatum by Shooter to provide the proof. That night, Mort finds Chico, his Australian Cattle Dog , stabbed to death with a screwdriver in his neck. Mort immediately suspects Shooter and reports the incident to Sheriff Newsome ( Len Cariou ), who reacts with little enthusiasm. Mort then drives to his house where his estranged wife Amy is living to obtain a copy of the book and stews outside as he watches her leave with her new lover Ted Milner ( Timothy Hutton ). In New York City, Mort hires private investigator Ken Karsch ( Charles S. Dutton ), who travels to Tashmore Lake to watch over the cabin and to interview Tom Greenleaf (John Dunn Hill), the only witness to Mort and Shooter's conversation. Amy later calls saying their house was burned down, consequently destroying the copy of the book to prove his case against Shooter. He begins to suspect Ted of hiring Shooter to harass him because of their shared animosity towards one another.

Shooter shows up again, this time demanding Mort fix the story's ending, and Mort feigns agreement. Mort is perplexed to find his jeep idling in his driveway the next morning when he leaves for his appointment with Karsch. He shows up late to the diner where they planned to meet, but learns from a cashier that Karsch never showed up at all. Back at the cabin, Mort receives a call from Shooter requesting a private meeting in the woods and when he arrives he finds Karsch and Greenleaf dead in Greenleaf's truck. Shooter indicates he has implicated Mort in the murders, requiring Mort to cover up the crime by running the truck into a water-filled stone quarry.

Mort orders a copy of the magazine with his published story and picks it up at the post office. When he arrives home with the magazine he opens it to find that the specific pages containing the story have been cut out. Mort's " inner voice " tells him that since the magazine was in a sealed package, Shooter couldn't have tampered with it. Prompting from his own conscience leads Mort to realize that Shooter is merely a figment of his imagination; brought to life through Mort's dissociative identity disorder and created to carry out malevolent tasks like killing his dog and burning down the house.

Just as Mort comes to realize his psychosis , Amy coincidentally arrives to get his signature to finalize the divorce settlement. She finds the cabin disheveled, with the word "shooter" carved throughout and suspects Mort's drinking as the cause. Mort suddenly reveals himself and Amy is struck by fear when she spots a carving explaining that "shooter" actually implies Mort's desire to "shoot her." Mort, now wearing Shooter's hat and speaking with a southern accent , chases Amy outside to her car and injures her to prevent her from escaping. Ted arrives shortly afterwards and Amy watches helplessly as Mort ambushes and kills him with a shovel. Mort then recites the ending in Shooter's version of the story as he murders Amy.

With Amy and Ted dead, Mort recovers from his writer's block and becomes less reclusive, even though he is now the town pariah, a fact he seems blissfully unaware of despite obvious rebuffs. Newsome stops by the cabin to advise Mort he is the prime suspect of Amy and Ted's disappearance and will be arrested once the bodies are found, but Mort nonchalantly dismisses the threat. Newsome leaves and Mort again recites the "perfect" ending to his story as he dines on an ear of fresh corn from his garden, hinting that Amy and Ted's bodies are buried in the ground beneath the corn crops, and that the corn is breaking down the nutrients from the bodies so they will decompose and the police will never find them.

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