Secret Window

Synopsis: Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately.
Director(s): David Koepp
Production: Columbia Pictures
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Turn around.

Turn around.

Turn the car around

and get the hell out of here.

Right now.

Don't go back.

Do not go back there.

Hey! Hey!

What the hell's going on here?

You stole my story.


I'm sorry. Do I...?

- I don't know you.

- I know that.

That doesn't matter. I know you,

Mr. Rainey, that's what matters.

You stole my story.

You're mistaken.

I don't read manuscripts.

You read this one already.

You stole it.

I can assure you that I...

I know you can. I know that.

I don't want to be assured.

If you want to talk to someone about

some grievance you feel you have... my literary agent in New York.

- This is between you and me.

We don't need outsiders, Mr. Rainey.

It is strictly between you and me.

All right, look, mister,

whoever you are...

...I don't like being accused

of plagiarism...

...if that's what you're accusing me of.

Chico, inside.

I don't blame you for not liking it,

but you did it.

You stole my story.

- Leave. I have nothing more to say.

- Yeah, I'll go.

We'll talk more later.

I'm not taking that.

Won't do you any good to

play games with me, Mr. Rainey.

This has got to be settled.

So far as I'm concerned, it is.

"Sowing Season.

John Shooter."

Never heard of you, pal.

Never heard of your story.


...where was I?

I'm open to suggestions.

If you don't go and bite her,

I'll kill her.

"Four days after George had

confirmed to his satisfaction...

...that his wife was cheating on him,

he confront..."

This is just bad writing.

Just bad writing.

So you know what to do.

Just do it.

No bad writing.

I think that solves it.

Oh, I found one of your stories

in the trash, Mr. Rainey.

I thought you might want it,

so I put it on the table.

Yeah, I see that, Mrs. Garvey.

"Todd Downey thought that a woman

who would steal your love...

...when your love was really all you

had, was not much of a woman.

He, therefore, decided to kill her.

He would bury her in

the deep corner formed...

...where the house and the barn

came together at an extreme angle.

He would bury her where

his wife kept her garden.

The garden she loved

more than she loved him."

Oh, sh*t. Oh, sh...

Thank God. From the sound of you,

I didn't know what to think.

Let me get this. That's my job.

I'm terribly sorry, Mrs. Garvey.

I really am.

I'll take care of this.

Go on back to work.

- I didn't write this.

- Oh, I thought you did.

No, it's not mine. Look, it says John

Shooter right there. It's not me.

Oh, I thought it was one of those...


pseudo-names or "-nyms."

No. No, I never used one.

I've never used one.

Oh, I can't imagine why you would.

I mean, hide behind a made-up name.

No. Mrs. Garvey, what I'm trying to tell

you is that someone else wrote this.

Oh. Okey dokey, then.

"A woman who'd steal your love

when your love was all you had...

...wasn't much of a woman.

That, at least,

was Tommy Haverlock's opinion.

He decided to kill her.

He even knew the place he would

bury her. The exact place.

The little patch of garden

she kept in the extreme angle...

...formed where the old and new parts

of the house came together.

He'd bury her in the garden she loved

more than she loved him."

Come to the flea market with me.

It'll be fun.

We've got to get rid of some of

this stuff. Look at this, it's awful.

No wonder they left it.

Oh, my God, look, there's a window.

It's a secret window.

Oh, this is perfect.

I'm gonna put my garden

right there.

It's a secret window, and it'll look down

on a secret garden.


I didn't steal it.


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David Koepp

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