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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 ^_^

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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  »

Filming Locations:


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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Did You Know?


The lion in the movie is a mixture of reality and puppetry. Like in one scene where Hub, Garth, & Walter were looking at it, they weren't really looking at the lion. From inside the crate, they were looking at the puppet lion moving the head like it was actually moving. See more »


When Walter drapes the blanket on Hub before waking him from his sleepwalking, the blanket changes position several times between shots while Hub talks to Walter. 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 »


Help Me
Written by Ralph Bass, Sonny Boy Williamson (as Willie "Sonny Boy" Williamson) and Willie Dixon
Performed by Sonny Boy Williamson
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Easy To Recommend
5 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It sounds like a cliché, but I don't know anybody who didn't like this film. I recommended it to a number of people, and all were impressed with it as I was.

Excellent acting and an interesting low-key story make this a very enjoyable 110 minutes of entertainment. A story about two old geezers who take in a 14-year- old to their home for a month doesn't sound too exciting but this film will surprise you.

It's tough to find two elder gentlemen as good and appealing as Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, anyway, so you have two winners right there. Add a fine, fine young actor in Haley Joel Osment and now you have three excellent actors who comprise most of the lines of the film.

This is one of those rare "guarantee" movies in which you can safely tell your friends to watch it and not regret the recommendation.

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