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Secondhand Lions (2003)

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

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A boy named Walter is dropped by his mother Mae at his great-uncles' house. Later,Walter will find out his great-uncles' big secret. And rumors say that Hub & Garth, Walter's great uncles, have stolen much gold & money. (some say they stole it from Al Capone) Did they really steal that money or not? Written by Christina ^_^

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for thematic material, language and action violence | See all certifications »

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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Afrikas hemligheter  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,139,832 (USA) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$41,407,470 (USA) (7 November 2003)
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Trivia

The shoulder patch on the uniform of the Sheriff who meets with adult Walter shows Copeland, Texas, (not Comal County, Texas). This helps account for the missing letters (not enough room for Comal County, which does not display on sheriff patches) and the fact that corn does not do well in South Texas black clay in Comal County, but does do much better in North Texas red clay near Smith County (where Copeland is). See more »

Goofs

After the boys break slats out of the lion's crate, the size of the opening changes size in subsequent shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Adult Walter: [answering the phone] Hello?
Sheriff: Walter?
Adult Walter: Yes.
Sheriff: This is Sheriff Brady. I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. It's about your uncles.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the adult Walter's cartoons depict a variety of adventures. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Texas Playboy Rag
Written by Bob Wills
Performed by Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Courtesy of Bloodshot Records
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Secondhand surprise
28 October 2003 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

This movie was worth-watching. The characters are well-drawn and sympathetic. Just as young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) gets to know his great uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duvall), we are introduced to this pair of "Secondhand Lions". Just as Walter learns to trust these two eccentric strangers after a lifetime of lies from his untrustworthy mother, we are allowed to learn the lessons of life in pace with him. There are no plot tricks, just eye-widening revelations as the story unfolds at a satisfying pace.

This is not a small quiet story, however. There is the rumor of a hidden fortune of which, it seems, everyone from relatives to traveling salesmen has heard. There are hints that it was obtained through the uncles' adventures but also that it might be ill-gotten gains. Along with Walter, the audience discovers the truth of the rumor.

There is action, comedy, danger, acts of courage, defiance, and tragedy that is part of human frailty. It's wonderfully accomplished in a way that allows older children to enjoy it with their parents. You have characters with whom you can identify no matter what your stage in life.

The director skillfully weaves the past and the present and still manages to preserve the confirmation of story until the very end. I don't want to say too much about this movie or it will spoil the fun of experiencing/watching it. Don't miss this movie.


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