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Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

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A terminally-ill boy's life is saved when his deceased 400-year-old friend, "Mr. Rice", leads him on a treasure hunt to find a magical "Potion of Life".

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. William Rice
Bill Switzer ...
Owen Walters
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Marylyn Walters
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Stan Walters
Zach Lipovsky ...
Funnel 'Funnel Head' McConnell
Jason Anderson ...
Veg (the bully kid)
Tyler Thompson ...
Gilbert
Campbell Lane ...
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Simon
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Percival 'Percy' McConnell
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Ray
Colleen Rennison ...
Molly Walters
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Jonathan
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Priest
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Cindy
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A terminally-ill boy's life is saved when his deceased 400-year-old friend, "Mr. Rice", leads him on a treasure hunt to find a magical "Potion of Life".

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It's what you do in life that counts.

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and scenes of bullying | See all certifications »
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16 March 2001 (Canada)  »

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Exhuming Mr. Rice  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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At the end of the credits, the working title of the movie can be seen: "Exhuming Mr. Rice". See more »

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Funnel 'Funnel Head' McConnell: He's a parent, Owen. He's a recognized authority figure: I mean, he's supposed to be lied to!
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Deals well with a difficult subject
11 October 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Death is always a difficult subject to cover in the movies. Even more so when dealing with terminally ill children. Mr Rice's Secret succeeds in covering the issues in a sensitive but not mawkish way. Bowie gives a measured performance as the ancient mystic who befriends a young boy with Hodgkin's disease. The real star though is Bill Switzer, who excels as the boy fearing death who must learn to love life.


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