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Mr. Rice's Secret (1999)

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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Marylyn
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Stan
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Gilbert
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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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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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A deep exploration of a difficult topic
27 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Death is not an easy topic to deal with in movies. But Mr Rice's secret manages to pull it off, with no problems. The film is centered around a boy, who while coming to terms with the death of his friend (the 400 year old Mr Rice) is led on a kind of treasure hunt. When he reaches the end he finds a potion of life, and learns an important lesson. The boy (played brilliantly by Billy Switzer) is the star of the film (despite it being pushed as a David Bowie film). The character of his mother (played by Teryl Rothery) could have been explored a little more and been more involved with the plot, but apart from that, it felt well cast and acted. A must see for when you want to ponder things like the meaning of life.


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