Secret Window

Secret Window

David Koepp (2004)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Given his sound treatment of novelist Richard Matheson's chiller Stir of Echoes, you'd have thought director David Koepp would have been more than qualified to create a decent Stephen King adaptation. However, movie history is littered with poor attempts to exploit literary cash cow King, and this lacklustre psychological thriller unfortunately joins them. In another of his eccentric performances, Johnny Depp stars as a successful author whose writer's block is nothing compared to the hell that he encounters when menacing stranger John Turturro accuses him of plagiarism. Ironically, given its storyline, the film unfolds just like another King book, The Dark Half, a weakness that isn't helped by Koepp's heavy signposting of twists. While Depp's emotional seesawing and Turturro's furrow-browed intensity are entertaining in themselves, you can't help wondering what two fine actors are doing in something that feels made for a small-screen audience.


A troubled author living a solitary existence in an isolated cabin is visited out of the blue by a mysterious stranger, who accuses him of plagiarism. Events then begin to take a frightening turn as the distraught writer struggles to prove his innocence - and hang on to his sanity. Psychological thriller, starring Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Maria Bello and Timothy Hutton.

Cast & Crew

Mort Rainey Johnny Depp
John Shooter John Turturro
Amy Rainey Maria Bello
Ted Milner Timothy Hutton
Ken Karsch Charles S Dutton
Sheriff Dave Newsome Len Cariou
Director David Koepp
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Apr 2004