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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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Owen
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Stan
Zach Lipovsky ...
Funnel Head
Jason Anderson ...
Veg
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Gilbert
Campbell Lane ...
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Percy
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Ray (as Eric Keenlyside)
Colleen Rennison ...
Molly
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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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I really liked it!
17 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A nice take on the coming-of-age theme. Fantasy and grave-digging might appeal to many kids sense of adventure. It has secret messages, a code ring, and a mystery--great fun! There were a lot of places I could see where you could initiate a discussion with your kids--about dying, how to treat other people, the true meaning of friendship, etc. I found the lead character Owen to be a likable kid, his friend Mr. Rice was cool--I really like David Bowie. The ending was not a surprise, but expected--maybe not by a kid, a really good movie for parents and kids to watch together. I'll keep it around for my grandkids to watch when they come over.


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