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Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

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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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bill Switzer ...
Owen
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Marylyn
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Stan
Zach Lipovsky ...
Funnel Head
Jason Anderson ...
Veg
Tyler Thompson ...
Gilbert
Campbell Lane ...
Mr. Death
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Simon (as Richard De Klerk)
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Percy
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Ray (as Eric Keenlyside)
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Molly
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Jonathan
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Priest
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Cindy (as Juno Ruddell)
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and scenes of bullying | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

16 March 2001 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Exhuming Mr. Rice  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At the end of the credits, the working title of the movie can be seen: "Exhuming Mr. Rice". See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Trainwreck
Performed by Sharkskin
Written by Stewart Northey/Elliott Kendall
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A secret best left undisturbed.
17 January 2007 | by (www.martsander.com) – See all my reviews

This film has proved to be a terrible disappointment. It lacks any kind of magic or atmosphere one has come to expect from recent children's films. The main characters are unsympathetic and uncharismatic, both as characters and as actors. It's beating around the bush for the first hour, and doesn't deliver much during the second. The storyline is vague and non-captivating. There is no camera-work to mention, the score seems to be copy/pasted from different public domain musical clips, and if you are expecting to see a good deal of 3D effects, forget it. Overall it gives the viewer an impression of being a mediocre TV movie from the 80s. I was looking forward to seeing this film, but completely lost interest after only a few initial shots. There's just no electricity whatsoever, and the topic of terminally ill children seems to be employed as the last resource to give this film a "social message" and depth it lacks. I suggest you don't waste your time on that film - there are so much better around.


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