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The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan (2004)

Through revealing interviews with M. Night Shyamalan's childhood friends and neighbors, Academy Award nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn seeks to uncover the director's most intimate ... See full summary »


Nathaniel Kahn


Melissa Foster


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Credited cast:
Billy Arrowood Billy Arrowood ... Himself - Location Scout
Adrien Brody ... Himself
Deepak Chopra ... Himself - Author
Glenn R. Cohen Glenn R. Cohen ... Dude in Cheesesteak shop
Johnny Depp ... Himself
Sean Andrew Fash ... Himself
Peggy Gormley ... Nun, childhood teacher
Callum Greene Callum Greene ... Himself
Adrian M. Hickman Adrian M. Hickman ... Video Store Manager
Nathaniel Kahn ... Himself
Maggie Kiley ... Cecilia Meadows
Ilana Levine ... Publicist
Brick Mason Brick Mason ... Himself - Storyboard Artist
Griffin Newman ... Teenage Fan
Chandler Parker ... Javier Ortega


Through revealing interviews with M. Night Shyamalan's childhood friends and neighbors, Academy Award nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn seeks to uncover the director's most intimate secrets and learn how they've been woven into the stories of his intensely powerful movies! And in addition to talks with cast and crew members, you'll witness insightful discussions with celebrities. Written by Movieman

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Release Date:

18 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M. Night: Portrait of a Filmmaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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This entire film was a mockumentary that was advertised as an unauthorized bio of reclusive director M. Night Shyamalan. After going as far as Shyamalan reporting to the press that he was upset about the release of this film, many fans and journalists became upset when they later learned it was all a hoax. The Sci-Fi channel released an apology a few days before release for their campaign strategies. See more »


References Secret Window (2004) See more »

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a total fake from beginning to end
19 July 2004 | by zachlen48See all my reviews

Although a total fraud this was still a fun watchable 3 hours on a rather boring M night. Having been in the film biz for more than 25 years,I'd like to explain. There is a scene in the early morning in a field which has a sub-title,"ONE HOUR BEFORE CREW CALL". There in the field we find M NIGHT walking in the field with a dozen or so black crows for company. For anyone in the industry a director never arrives at the time of the crew call let alone one hour before. Also if this was one hour before crew call it would have been 5:00am and still dark. ON a film such as THE VILLAGE the director would arrive 2 to 3 hours after crew. Also if M NIGHT was against this from airing he would never have appeared nor any scenes from his films to be allowed. This was a very smart gimmick to raise interest for the opening of THE VILLAGE.Many people will think this to be real. For those as jaded as I it was just one 3 hour long commercial, with added commercials for THE VILLAGE. This has really made me loose respect for a director I had admired in the past. Should THE VILLAGE not stand on its own then my days of seeing anything by M NIGHT are over. SIGNS was bad enough. UNBREAKABLE even worse.Another failure this early in his career would be the end of wasting my money on this publicity hound.

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