PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.
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.
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.
After Mort and Amy exit the elevator, the next shot shows them still getting out.
At the end of the credits Johnny Depp can be briefly heard singing "Shortnin' Bread".
The camera pans down to the garden, fading to black when it reaches the dirt. The alternate ending continues underground to the roots of the cornstalks, where Ted and Amy's bodies lay.
$18,237,568 (USA) (14 March 2004)