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(2004)

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Timothy Hutton played Thad Beaumont and George Stark in The Dark Half film in 1993 based on Stephen Kings novel of the same name.
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In the scene where Johnny Depp bursts in on Maria Bello and Timothy Hutton in the motel, David Koepp wanted Bello and Hutton to look shocked and scared. He made them both lie in the bed for fifteen minutes before Depp rushed in. The production crew set up large speakers that blared static noise when the script called for them to be scared. The lights in the room were also rigged to go on when Johnny Depp opened the door, startling the actors further. No one knew exactly how to act.
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John Turturro decided to appear in the movie because his son, a big fan of Stephen King, convinced him to.
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Stephen King traded the rights to this film in order to get the rights to Kingdom Hospital (2004).
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When Johnny Depp's character drops the hat on his desk, a copy of Hunter S. Thompson's "The Rum Diary" is visible on the table. Depp played in the movie version of the book, The Rum Diary (2011).
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Johnny Depp's line, "This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife. Anymore.", is taken from the Talking Heads' song "Once in a Lifetime".
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Johnny Depp's character's name is Morton Rainey. Toward the end of the movie, this character purchases three items at the grocer's. One of the items is a box of MORTON's salt, whose motto is "When it rains it pours." Thus Morton Rainey.
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Mort looking head on into the mirror and seeing the reflection of the back of his head is a reference to the paintings of Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, such as "La Reproduction Interdite" (English: "Reproduction Prohibited"). He often depicted a mysterious man in a bowler hat not unlike the hat that Shooter wears.
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In the magazine that should have Mort's story, the second story in the contents is called "The Long Walk." This is also the title of a book by Richard Bachman, who happens to be the pseudonym of Stephen King.
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According to David Koepp on the DVD commentary track, the footage of the ocean scene during Mort's restless night was extra b-role footage taken from The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
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The movie's premiere date was moved up a month to ride the coat-tails of Johnny Depp's success in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), which earned him a SAG award and an Oscar nomination.
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Ving Rhames was offered a role, but turned it down, due to a scheduling conflict.
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James Newton Howard was going to compose with Hans Zimmer, but when he was replaced, Zimmer bowed out as well. Philip Glass and Geoff Zanelli came into the project instead.
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Mort explains to John Shooter, in his defense, that his story is the original and was published originally in the June 1995 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Ted Milner (Timothy Hutton) tells Mort that he's from a town called Shooters Bay, Tennessee, adding doubt in Mort's mind about Ted's real intentions. Timothy Hutton's father, Jim Hutton, portrayed Ellery Queen (1975) in the 1975 television series. Ellery Queen was the son of a police detective, and the writer of mystery novels, as well as an amateur detective.
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In the book "Secret Window Secret Garden" the titles written by John Shooter and Mort Rainy are the opposite way around to how they are shown in the film. Mort Rainy's book was called "Sowing Season" and John Shooters book was "Secret Window, Secret Garden"
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Johnny Depp and director David Koepp share the same birthday.
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Second film in which Johnny Depp and Charles S. Dutton appear together. The other film being Nick of Time (1995).
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The DVD audio commentary with David Koepp was recorded on March 4, 2004, before the theatrical release.
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This film, which co-stars Timothy Hutton, involves a story published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Hutton's father, Jim Hutton, starred as Ellery Queen in the television series Ellery Queen (1975).
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Shooter's license plate number is CTO 27Q.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Mort's conscience is revealing the real situation to him at the end of the movie, Mort begins to yell "Rah! Rah! Rah!" Johnny Depp took this from his son, who was pre-verbal and expressed his confusion by saying "Rah!" Depp felt that Mort would be so confused at that point that he would not know what to say to convey what was happening, and that he would become pre-verbal again.
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At a moment when suppressed memories of Morton Rainey's come to the surface, he looks in the mirror and hallucinates that his reflection is facing away from him. Under similar circumstances, the same thing happens to the character of Selena St. George in Dolores Claiborne (1995), another Stephen King adaptation...but curiously enough, neither book contains such a scene and the two movies were adapted by different writers.
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John Shooter tells Mort that he looks like "the kind of guy who's on the lookout for a head he can knock off with a shovel," which is exactly how Mort kills Ted.
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In the scene where Morton is lurking around the house after hearing a strange noise, he is stopped in his bedroom, where he thinks John Shooter is in his bathroom. He then runs in swinging a fireplace stick and breaks his mirror. He then realizes his reflection was what he saw in the bathroom, hence a foreshadow to the end of the film, where it's revealed it was all in his head, and that John Shooter was a character Morton created.
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There are two Sweeney Todds in this film: Johnny Depp, who played the murderous barber in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Len Cariou, who originated the role on Broadway.
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This is the second film adapted from a Stephen King work in which Timothy Hutton features. Coincidentally, both films are about a writer tormented by his alter ego. The first was The Dark Half (1993), where Hutton played the dual roles of the writer, as well as his alter ego.
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