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Secondhand Lions (2003)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  19 September 2003 (USA)
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Afrikas hemligheter  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$521,208 (Japan) (16 July 2004)

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Did You Know?


In the fight scene with Robert Duvall against the four teens, one of the actors, Travis Willingham, was hit three times in the face by Duvall. Due to a miscommunication, Duvall reportedly told him afterward, he thought that Willingham was a stunt man and that he, Duvall, was supposed to hit him. The cut used was the final one when Travis' nose finally started to bleed. See more »


Hub refers to lions as living in the jungle. Even though this is technically incorrect as they live in the Savanna, not the jungle, it is an understandable error because lions are commonly referred to as the "King of the Jungle". See more »


[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 »


Featured in Haley Joel Osment: An Actor Comes of Age (2004) See more »


A Lot of Livin' To Do
Written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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31 October 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I cannot see how anyone would dis this movie unless they especially disliked a particular actor. I thought the casting was great, right down to the secondhand lion and the pig. The flashbacks were hilarious because as we age, the things we did before become more dramatic and are further enhanced. No one thinks about their past in terms of mediocrity, and this was brought out in the flashback scenes. Osment was a superb cast in this movie because of his unchanging facial expression. He has been burnt out with lies and his mother's constant searching for a husband only to find another loser.His comment to his mother said it all. Here was a kid who had met a lot of "uncles", so here were two more uncles that he was being pawned off on.

Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are the only two actors that come to mind who could pull this off. I plan to add this to my collection and would highly recommend it to anyone who has a ever daydreamed about far off places or dares to dream about what might have been.

Hollywood has gone off the deep end in trying to project a certain political ideology and this has hurt the overall film industry. It is no wonder that when a good movie like this comes out, it is not given a second look and is soon forgotten. It's sad.

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