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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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EASTER EGG: On the DVD Special Features menu, go to 'On The Set with Secondhand Lions' and then press left. A short bloopers reel is shown with Haley Joel Osment and Nicky Katt in the barn. See more »


When Stan and Walter are talking about the money on the front porch, he puts his hand on his shoulder twice. 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 »


Let Me In
Written by Yvonne Baker, Alphonso Howell and George Minor
Performed by The Sensations
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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And Now For Something Completely Different...
5 April 2004 | by (Mad City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

For a VERY long time I've been disgusted with most of the stuff coming out of Hollywood... too many movies with huge budgets and absolutely NO imagination or talent involved. Lately tho, the Hollywood system has slipped a bit, and a few films by SMART people working with nonformula scripts have been falling through the cracks. And they're a refreshing breeze for those of us that don't bother with "One Weekend Wonders" that generate monster box office receipts for two or three weeks, that involve the latest orgasm generator "stars" and a ton of explosives and guns... just to sink into oblivion afterwards, like TITANIC or PEARL HARBOR.

The LAST intelligent movie I saw was A MIGHTY WIND. Right on it's heels, we get SECONDHAND LIONS.

I've been a Robert Duval fan for a LONG time... there's more than a little bit of Sonny from THE APOSTLE, and a taste of Colonel "Bull" Meecham from THE GREAT SANTINI thrown into the character of Hub. He's done a Tour De Force job with the performance. WONDERFUL!!!

The biggest surprise in all of this tho was Michael Caine's take on playing a Texas redneck! It's hard to imagine that the impeccably English Spitfire squadron commander from BATTLE OF BRITAIN could pull off a crusty, aging Texan, but he DOES it beautifully. He even gets the accent down quite well!

This is a film that's a TON of fun from beginning to end. IMHO it's destined to become a classic, very much like Jean Sheppard's A CHRISTMAS STORY.

It's worth the trip. Pick it up, and you won't be sorry.


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