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Secondhand Lions (2003)

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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

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

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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 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 »

Goofs

The front porch of the house changes from scene to scene in the beginning. Initially the porch is all screened-in. The next shot has the screens at the back of the open porch. The next shot has the porch built out. But most of the time, the porch has the screens at the back of the squared off porch. See more »

Quotes

[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

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

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Red Skin Gal
Written by Hank Thompson
Performed by Don Walser
Courtesy of Watermelon Records
by arrangement with Texas Music Group
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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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