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Secret Window

Tortured by the discovery of his wife's unfaithfulness, novelist Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) secludes himself in a remote cabin on a heavily wooded plot outside of town. There he meets a mysterious stranger (John Turturro) who claims the writer has been stealing his work. His introduction also coincides with some grisly happenings in the neighborhood. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 11 Mar 2004
Video Release: 21 Jun 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Smoking is beginning to make a comeback in the movies. Is this a way for advertisers to promote tobacco products? Is smoking portrayed as glamorous or a necessary aid to deal with stress? Do you think that showing people (especially main characters) smoking affects the future habits of teens or children?

What are the motivations for the killer’s actions? How would they hold up in a court of law?

How does illegally using or downloading written, musical or intellectual property of others hurt the original author? Are anti-plagiarism laws more difficult to enforce since the arrival of modern forms of communication?

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