6.1/10
133
3 user 1 critic

The Secret (1992)

Mostly on account of a pride struggle, Mike Dunmore has lived his whole life keeping a secret which he believed would only cause shame if it came to light. Personal relationships with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Karen Arthur
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Diamonds (1999)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Mystery about an ex-prizefighter who embarks on a journey to find 13 missing diamonds.

Director: John Asher
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd
Take Me Home Again (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Ed Reece, an old travelling salesman, decides to end his days in the place in which he was born. Therefore he convinces his elder son to acompany him on his last long voyage of farewell.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Craig T. Nelson, Bess Armstrong
Illusion (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A once-powerful, but now ailing movie director nears the end of his life. As he awaits death, he slips into a "dream" and is shown three "snippets" of the movie of his son's life. At first ... See full summary »

Director: Michael A. Goorjian
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Michael A. Goorjian, Karen Tucker
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An old man teaches a young man to live in the forest and to understand the wild world.

Director: Xavier Castano
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Roger Souza, Jean-Pierre Bagot
Tough Guys (1986)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two elderly gangsters are released from prison only to find they have trouble fitting in as old men who still take no guff from anyone.

Director: Jeff Kanew
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning
Inherit the Wind (TV Movie 1988)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A biblical orator opposes a liberal lawyer defending a man for teaching Darwinism in the 1920s South.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jason Robards, Darren McGavin
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre.

Director: William Karel
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rooney, Kirk Douglas
The Chosen (1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward, Agostina Belli
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A peg legged pirate is searching for treasure with the help of a young boy, teen girl and a parrot. They'll have to fight Natives and his former crew on the way.

Directors: Kirk Douglas, Zoran Calic
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Mark Lester, Neville Brand
Draw! (TV Movie 1984)
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the final days of the Old West, a former desperado faces down a now drunken ex-sheriff, who was his long time nemesis.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Coburn, Alexandra Bastedo
Perfect Witness (TV Movie 1989)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn, Stockard Channing
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Grandpa Mike Dunmore
Bruce Boxleitner ... Patrick Dunmore
Brock Peters ... Thurgood 'Uncle T.' Carver III
Laura Harrington ... Meredith Dunmore
Jesse R. Tendler ... Grandson Danny Dunmore
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Dr. Meyers
Kathleen McNenny Kathleen McNenny ... Mrs. Norell
Stanley Anderson ... Pete (Voter)
Skipp Sudduth ... Jack (Voter)
John Christopher Jones John Christopher Jones ... Link
Richard Paul Cockayne Richard Paul Cockayne ... Billy
Richard Donat ... Shane
Jeremy Akerman ... Benson
Linda Watters ... Receptionist
Patrizia Quas Patrizia Quas ... Waitress (as Pat Quas)
Edit

Storyline

Mostly on account of a pride struggle, Mike Dunmore has lived his whole life keeping a secret which he believed would only cause shame if it came to light. Personal relationships with his son Patrick have been strained as a result. The only ones who ever knew anything about it were his deceased wife and his best friend, Thurgood who he works with, who both agreed to help keep it covered up for him as long as they could. However, when his treasured grandson begins experiencing the same problems, Mike realizes that he can't hide his secret any longer, or if he tried to, it would be most difficult. Even more so when he is endorsed and volunteers to run as a candidate for local election. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dyslexia | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Mike Dunmore spent his entire life in the dark. Now his grandson is going to show him the light. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A titok See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RHI Entertainment See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dunmore Family Values
3 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Even before his stroke Kirk Douglas was gracefully transitioning into elderly character roles as he is in The Secret. I've always admired him for taking charge of his own career and having a very good instinct over what was a challenging role for him.

In The Secret he plays Mike Dunsmore a well respected businessman in a small New England coastal village with what he thinks is a terrible secret, he's dyslexic, he cannot read or write. When he was a youngster this was not a diagnosable condition. With the help of his late wife and his friend and store employee Brock Peters, Douglas covered this up very well. But it's led to a breach with his grown son Bruce Boxleitner.

Now however dyslexia has struck his grandson Jesse Tendler and these two have the relationship that Douglas and Boxleitner didn't. Daughter-in-law Laura Harrington is caught in the middle. How it all works out for the Dunmore family is the basis of The Secret.

I did love the location cinematography in Nova Scotia standing in for New England. And Kirk Douglas is a totally different character than the larger than life Spartacus or Jonathan Shields in his younger days. Those characters are not even hinted at when Douglas essays the part of Mike Dunmore. He gets great support from the ensemble and his scenes with young Tendler have poignancy and those with Boxleitner are quite real and touching.

The Secret is a wonderful film even with the made for television tag it has. Good for the whole family.

I knew someone who had a learning disability, possibly dyslexia. In his short life Roy Gomez was raised in a group home which never diagnosed the problem. A secretary in a lawyer's office I was with him in spotted it and a lot of things made sense. Roy read comics exclusively, now I realize because of the pictures and in restaurants I remember him struggling with the menu. I wonder had he been diagnosed would he have lived a long productive life, he had a lot of issues besides this one.

Anyway, this review is dedicated to Roy Gomez 1970-1996.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed