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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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Cast

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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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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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How's It Gonna Be
by Kevin Cadogan/Stephan Jenkins/Arion Salazar
Used by permission of BMG Music Publishing Canada & EMI Music Publishing
Courtesy of Warner Special Products
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Ethereal story combining fantasy and realization of lost hopes.
8 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mr. Bowie's first few attempts at acting were stiff. Absolute Beginners was more like a music video than a dramatic story. Although I own and enjoy Labyrinth, I was hoping to see him in something better than a cartoon character. His bid for the Elf king was not unwelcome in my view, though he was a little old for the part at the time. This film shows his mysterious persona at it's best. He seems to be the person he is playing. I do not want to spoil the story for any "new viewers", so I will not give specific details. The treasure hunt provides intrigue for the viewer and a sorely needed diversion for a desperate child at the end of all hope. The ending satisfies any sentimental person. I would buy this film if I found it on DVD.


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