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Secondhand Lions -- 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.
Secondhand Lions -- 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 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Michael Caine ... Garth

Robert Duvall ... Hub

Haley Joel Osment ... Walter

Kyra Sedgwick ... Mae

Nicky Katt ... Stan

Josh Lucas ... Adult Walter

Michael O'Neill ... Ralph

Deirdre O'Connell ... Helen

Eric Balfour ... Sheik's Grandson

Christian Kane ... Young Hub

Kevin Haberer ... Young Garth

Emmanuelle Vaugier ... Jasmine
Adam Ozturk ... The Sheik

Jennifer Stone ... Martha

Mitchel Musso ... Boy

Marc Musso ... Boy

Joe Stevens ... Insurance Salesman
Charles Sanders ... Gold Salesman

Morgana Shaw ... Receptionist

Adrian Pasdar ... Skeet Machine Salesman

Dameon Clarke ... Animal Truck Driver

Jason Douglas ... Helper

Rick Dial ... Feed Store Owner
George Haynes ... Farmer

Jo Harvey Allen ... Woman in Hospital
Nadia Shihab ... Handmaiden

Eugene Osment ... Doctor
Jace Pitre ... Frankie

Travis Willingham ... Hood
Brian Decaro ... Hood (as Brian Stanton)

Kanin Howell ... Hood

Billy Joe Shaver ... Biplane Truck Driver
Dennis Letts ... Sheriff
Daniel Brooks ... Sheik's Great Grandson
Linus ... The Dog Pack
Baron ... The Dog Pack
Nicki ... The Dog Pack
Rusty ... The Dog Pack
Tyler ... The Dog Pack
Taureg ... Jasmine the Lion
Kelsey ... The Giraffe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles E. Gray ... Turkish Soldier

Nick Price ... Walt's Son #1 (scenes deleted)

Rory Charles Thost ... Walt's Son #2 (scenes deleted) (as Rory Thost)

Directed by
Tim McCanlies 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tim McCanlies (written by)

Produced by
Janis Rothbard Chaskin .... executive producer
Kevin Cooper .... executive producer
Joe Dishner .... line producer: second unit
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Mark Kaufman .... executive producer
David Kirschner .... producer
Karen Loop .... executive producer
Scott Ross .... producer
Amy Sayres .... co-producer
Corey Sienega .... producer
 
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography) (as Jack Green)
 
Film Editing by
David Moritz 
 
Casting by
Ed Johnston 
Emily Schweber 
 
Production Design by
David J. Bomba 
 
Art Direction by
John R. Jensen 
 
Set Decoration by
Gary Anderson 
James Edward Ferrell Jr.  (as James Ferrell)
 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Beauchesne .... special makeup effects artist
Troy Breeding .... makeup artist
Bridget Cook .... department head hair
Claude Díaz .... key hair stylist
Terri Ewton .... hair stylist
Tracy Fleming .... assistant hair stylist
Diane Hardin .... makeup artist
Darylin Nagy .... makeup artist
Carla Palmer .... key makeup artist
Manlio Rocchetti .... hair stylist: Mr. Duvall
Manlio Rocchetti .... makeup artist: Mr. Duvall
Melizah Schmidt .... hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist: Michael Caine
Matt Jordon .... special makeup effects artist: Alterian (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jan Foster .... unit production manager
Erik Holmberg .... executive in charge of production
Frank Salvino .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William M. Connor .... first assistant director
Phil Hardage .... first assistant director: additional photography (as Philip Hardage)
Jonathan McGarry .... second assistant director
Paul Schmitz .... additional second assistant director
Katie Tull .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Allen .... carpenter
Amy Bell .... assistant property master
Jerry Bingham .... storyboard artist
Wendy Bonn .... props
Wendy Bonn .... scenic artist
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator
Berkeley Breathed .... artist: Walter's cartoons
Mark Lambert Bristol .... storyboard artist
Dirk Clark .... carpenter
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser
April Crump .... set dresser
Craig Denham .... graphic designer
Patricia Dillon .... draper
William F. Gambill .... paint foreman
William F. Gambill .... scenic foreman
Sonia L. Garcia .... painter (as L. Sonia Garcia)
Ken Gaston-Kilgore .... greensman
Stanford Gilbert .... assistant property master
Shellie Gillespie .... art department coordinator
Dwayne Grady .... property master
Kelley A. Hankins .... scenic artist
Kelley A. Hankins .... signwriter
Edwin G. Hill .... carpenter
Al Hobbs .... set designer
Teodor Istratescu .... gang boss painter (as Ted Istratescu)
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Frank Piercy .... lead scenic artist
Frank Piercy .... painter
Steve Sawhill .... lead man
Charles Seale .... carpenter
Randy Severs .... carpenter
Corissa Smith .... scenic artist
Kara Sutherlin .... stand-by scenic
Tom Ward .... propmaker gangboss
Robert K. Weinberger .... carpenter
Stefan Wilcox .... assistant props
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Robert R. Wonson .... welder: greens
Cher Young .... painter
Beatrice Bellino .... set dresser (uncredited)
David Forline .... weapon designer (uncredited)
Matthew Richard Harris .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Karl Luthin .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura R. Harris)
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
John Bires .... sound engineer
Stacy Brownrigg .... production sound mixer: additional photography
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound effects editor (as Kerry Ann Carmean-Williams)
Matt Colleran .... sound re-recordist
Kay Colvin .... utility sound
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Malham .... re-recording engineer
Kelly Oxford .... adr editor
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Drew Webster .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Scott Wolf .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
William Dawson .... pyrotechnician
Steve Galich .... pyrotechnic leadman
Tony Gardner .... animatronic effects supervisor
Pete Levin .... special effects assistant
Jack Lynch .... special effects technician
Paul Salamoff .... special effects makeup
David Simmons .... special effects set supervisor
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects coordinator
Rick Thompson .... special effects foreman
Jeffery D. Woodrel .... special effects technician
Michael E. Wilks .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dave Adams .... 3D modeler (as David Adams)
Dave Adams .... digital artist
Nancy Bernstein .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Domain
Jodi Campanaro .... digital compositor
Chad E. Collier .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
Tom Core .... visual effects production assistant
Robyn Crane-Campbell .... digital compositor (as Robyn Campbell)
Todd Daugherty .... senior systems engineer
Shad Davis .... visual effects coordinator
Ivan DeWolf .... CG effects animator
Ivan DeWolf .... digital artist
Jason Doss .... 3D integration lead: Digital Do
Scott Edelstein .... 3D Integration supervisor: Digital Domain
Darin K. Grant .... digital studio management
Timothy Hoffman .... 3D modeler (as Tim Hoffman)
Timothy Hoffman .... digital artist
Marty Holthaus .... tech services: Digital Domain
Todd Isroelit .... visual effects producer
John Karner .... 3D modeler
John Karner .... digital artist
Heather J. Morrison .... visual effects editor: Digital Domain
Colleen Murphy .... digital effects coordinator
Colleen Murphy .... digital production coordinator
Erik Nash .... visual effects supervisor
Brian Peyatt .... digital producer
Darren Poe .... compositing supervisor (as Darren M. Poe)
J. Brent Poer .... digital studio management
Kelly Port .... plate supervisor
Lauren Ritchie .... executive in charge of visual effects
Olivier Sarda .... senior digital compositor
Todd Sarsfield .... digital color grader
Som Shankar .... 3D integration artist
Alan Sonneman .... digital paint artist
Tess Spaulding .... system administrator
Michael Taylor .... production executive: Digital Domain
Scott Tessier .... 3D integration artist
Scott Tessier .... digital artist: Digital Domain
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Richard Wardlow .... technical director: Digital Domain
Byron Werner .... digital rotoscope artist
Vernon R. Wilbert Jr. .... CGI supervisor
Bron Barry .... visual effects assistant coordinator (uncredited)
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
Brian Openshaw .... render coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Austin Anderson .... stunt performer
Tony Lee Boggs .... stunt performer (as Tony Boggs)
Tony Lee Boggs .... utility stunts: horse work
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt double
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt performer (as Joey Bucaro)
Payson Burt .... utility stunts
Craig Carter .... stunts
Will Cascio .... stunt performer
Charles Currier .... sword fighter
J.J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Greg Dolph .... sword fighter
David Efron .... stunt performer
Ramon Frank .... stunt performer
Joey Hamlin .... stunt performer
Kanin Howell .... stunts
Brian McMillan .... stunt double
Kevin McMillian .... stunt performer
Víctor Quintero .... stunt performer
Jessica Schwartz .... stunt double
Jessica Schwartz .... stunt performer
Ann Scott .... stunt performer
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
R.L. Tolbert .... stunt performer
Diane Towery .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Troy Anderson .... electrician
Roger Basquette .... digital video assist operator
Stephen Beasley .... rigging electrician
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer
Mark Colicci .... assistant camera
Theda Cunningham .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Andy deBruyn .... grip
David Gasperik .... additional camera operator
Victoria Gonzales .... assistant camera
Peter N. Green .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ryan Green .... camera operator
Harold Groshon .... best boy electric
Robert Hicks .... best boy rigging grip
Edison Jackson .... electrician
Lawrence Karman .... Steadicam operator
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator: "a" camera
Kurt Kornemann .... best boy grip
Jimmy Lindsey .... camera operator
Greg Lomas .... grip
Todd Loos .... rigging grip
James Marks .... remote camera technician
Bill Marti .... assistant camera
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera
Eric Pickett .... second video assist
Gabe Proctor .... assistant video assist operator
Van Redin .... still photographer
Robert Rendon .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Peter D. Roome .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, additional photography
Adam Drew Schwartz .... assistant camera
Peter Simonite .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Leif E. Ulvog .... grip
Sebastian Vega .... additional assistant camera
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... rigging grip
Robert D. Yeoman .... director of photography: additional photography (as Bob Yeoman)
Jon Bowen .... electrician (uncredited)
Phillip Renke .... grip (uncredited)
Gary Tolbert .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kelly Bogdan .... casting assistant
Lyndsey Gayer .... casting assistant
Kevin Kray .... casting assistant
Beth Sepko .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephany Baskin .... set costumer
Stephen M. Chudej .... costume supervisor
Crystal Falkner-Paysse .... costume p.a.
Crystal Falkner-Paysse .... wardrobe pa
Melanie Armstrong Fletcher .... stitcher
Jessica Peel .... assistant costume designer
Nina Proctor .... costume supervisor
Leeann Radeka .... costumer
John H. Smith .... costume stitcher
Yvonne Wilburn .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Toni Allen .... negative cutter
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Peter Ettinger .... first assistant editor
Amanda Kirchhoff .... post-production assistant
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Matthew O. Murphy .... apprentice editor: film
Gina Zappala .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator
Chris Barrett .... assistant engineer
Bob Bowen .... music executive
Paul Broucek .... executive in charge of music
Patrick Doyle .... orchestrator
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Peter Fuchs .... score recordist
Mark Kaufman .... music clearance executive
Jason Linn .... soundtrack executive
Paul Rabjohns .... music editor
Maggie Rodford .... score producer
Mitch Rotter .... soundtrack executive
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Viktor Simcisco .... orchestra leader (as Victor Simcisko)
Tony Stanton .... music preparation
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Paul Talkington .... scoring coordinator
Marian Turner .... orchestra manager
Nick Wollage .... score mixer
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Youki Yamamoto .... keyboard programmer
Youki Yamamoto .... music programmer
 
Transportation Department
Monica Allen .... transportation dispatcher
Don Baer .... driver: Florida
Jon Bergholz .... transportation co-captain: Florida
Charles Coulter .... driver: honeywagon
Sam Craytor .... driver: construction
Greg Faucett .... transportation captain
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
Phil Schriber .... transportation coordinator
Bobby Sconci .... picture cars/driver
John H. Stephens .... transportation captain: Florida
Steven Willhoite .... utility driver
Russell E. Scott .... picture cars (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Curtis Akin .... boss wrangler
Curtis Akin .... livestock coordinator (as Curtis E. Akin)
Paul Alvarado-Dykstra .... assistant: Tim McCanlies
Austin Anderson .... horse wrangler
Natalie Angel .... assistant production coordinator
Ray Asgar .... helicopter pilot
Dawn Barkan .... animal trainer (as Dawn Barkin)
Mateo Barnstone .... assistant location manager
Raymond W. Beal .... head animal trainer (as Raymond Beal)
Meg Beatty .... set production assistant
Ken Beggs .... animal trainer
Tammy Blackburn .... animal trainer
Steve Bland .... horse gang boss (as Steve 'Dookey' Bland)
Ryan Brooks .... stand-in (as Ryan A. Brooks)
Brinton Bryan .... additional set production assistant
Kristy Campbell .... animal trainer
Frank Cassavetes .... assistant: Mr. Duvall
Kathryn Castellanos .... production assistant
Monique Champagne .... production assistant
Bobbi Colorado .... animal trainer
Leo W. Dawson Jr. .... accounting assistant
Sonia Y. Dawson .... second assistant accountant
Anthony De Longis .... sword master
Michael Del Priore .... production assistant
Tiffany Lynn Drucker .... production assistant
Stuart Fink .... unit publicist
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot
Will Foster .... stand-in
Robbie Friedmann .... location manager
Karen M. Fuchs .... payroll accountant
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor: additional photography (as Pam Fuller Vasquez)
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor: second unit (as Pam Fuller Vasquez)
Erick Garibay .... craft service assistant
Stanford Gilbert .... armorer
Stanford Gilbert .... weapons master
Rick Glassey .... animal trainer: lion
Gina Grande .... script supervisor
Stacy Gunderson .... animal coordinator
Stacy Gunderson .... animal trainer
Cody Haynes .... horse wrangler
Craig Hosking .... aerial coordinator/pilot
Chris M. Jackson .... assistant: Michael Caine
Mary Jurey .... assistant: Mr. Ross and Mr. Cooper
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Nell Kennedy .... production assistant
Laura King .... medic
Margo Kornemann .... construction coordinator
Johnny K.M. Lee .... production assistant
Karl Luthin .... horse wrangler
April Mackin .... animal trainer
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Paul Matthaeus .... title designer
Brian McMillan .... animal consultant: lion
Brian McMillan .... animal trainer
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Ms. Sedgwick
Ian Moore .... assistant: Mr. Kirschner and Mr. Sienega
Glen Moorman .... set production assistant
Kevin Moran .... swordfights
Joey Naber .... adr voice
Edward A. Navarro .... condor operator
John K. Patterson .... location scout
Taylor Phillips .... production assistant
Joel Poage .... chef
Chuck Prather .... horse wrangler
Rachel E. Prentiss .... production accountant
Marie Reeves .... animal trainer: lion
Paul Salamoff .... puppeteer: lion (as Paul J. Salamoff)
Thomas Saunders .... horse wrangler
Jo Ann Smith .... studio teacher: Mr. Osment (as Jo Ann M. Smith)
Kim Stretch .... first assistant accountant
Tony Swatton .... sword maker
Lilo Tauvao .... puppeteer: lion (as Faga Lilo Tauvao)
Raigen Thornton .... paramedic: construction department
Karen Wacker .... production secretary
Karen Wacker .... travel coordinator
Leigh A. Wilbourn .... production coordinator: additional photography
Eric S. Anderson .... title designer (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Molly Hansen .... business & legal affairs: Digital Domain (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Guillermo del Toro .... special thanks
John Sayles .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG for thematic material, language and action violence
Runtime:
111 min | USA:109 min | Argentina:120 min
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Finland:K-11 | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:LH | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:6 | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | UK:PG (theatrical rating) (cut) | UK:12 (video rating) | USA:PG (certificate #40021)
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Haley Joel Osment was contracted without knowing which studio would make the movie and who were the other main leads. This was against standard Hollywood practice and surprised Eugene Osment (Haley's father and manager) at first, but he agreed to "use" his son to get the remainder of the cast and the studio.See more »
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Anachronisms: During the long shots around the uncle's house, there are modern day water towers on the horizon.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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135 out of 141 people found the following review useful.
Achieves Excellence!, 22 September 2003
Author: staplek from Texas

"Secondhand Lions" is a movie which has achieved excellence. The story line is fast-moving and packed with nuance. Various elements of the plot overlap and blend for a harmonious whole. It is not a series of action scenes played primarily for visual impact, but a compelling story which demands attentive viewing.

Flashback scenes are intentionally cartoonish, so that the audience, like the character of the boy Walter, is left wondering whether the fantastic tales of the old uncles' adventurous youth are really to be believed. Uncle Garth tells the stories, which we see through Walter's imagination. We see in the flashbacks what Walter envisions as he hears the stories, and Walter doesn't have the age and experience to see anything other than the caricatures which appear in the flashback scenes. It's not a photo-accurate rendition, it's what a youngster imagines while listening to oral storytelling. For instance, a twelve-year-old Texan in the 1950s wouldn't have been likely to know what a really angry Sheik would have looked like in the 1920s. These flashbacks, and the ways in which they are depicted, are central to the plot of the movie. Through his storytelling, without realizing it, Uncle Garth nurtures a creative potential in Walter (who will grow up to become a cartoonist).

Christian Kane is a magnificent casting choice as young Uncle Hub (the younger incarnation of Duvall's character), displaying just the right kind of spark for the daring adventurer. Kyra Sedgwick is eerily believable as Walter's shallow and self-absorbed mother. The family of hick relatives is superbly annoying.

Haley Joel Osment delivers a solid portrayal of Walter. Sometimes his voice sounds like that of a boy, sometimes like that of a young man, as would be expected in a male of Walter's age. Sometimes Walter cries like a child, sometimes he displays stoic maturity, as would be expected from a boy who is in the transition of becoming a man. We see Walter unsure of himself in the beginning, but later finding his footing. Not too sugary, not too hard-edged, Haley Joel Osment is ideal for the role. He may be overshadowed by Caine and Duvall, but actually holds his own reasonably well, working between these two living legends.

Michael Caine's accent as Uncle Garth is a perfect portrayal of a Texan who has lived outside Texas for much of his life. Garth is no bumpkin hick, but a man who has traveled the world, and in light of his experiences it would not have been credible to give this character a strong country drawl. Even though, as the plot progresses, we don't know how much of Garth's fantastic storytelling we should believe, there is never a question of whether Garth has ventured outside the Texas borders. (Education and travel tend to have the effect of diminishing regional accents. I have lived in Texas for twenty years, and have known many older native Texans whose diction is much like Garth's.) Michael Caine gives Uncle Garth just the right combination of toughness and tenderness, and treads the fine line of allowing us to see Garth as a trustworthy character regardless of his adventurous stories.

The uncles are very realistic characterizations, and Texas holds many characters like them. The aging uncles had, as young men, gone away to find adventure, and lived on the edge for much of their lives. Then they returned home to retire in a rural Texas setting which they were finding to be just a little too tame, no longer remembering much about Texas country life except for acquiring the obligatory too many dogs. The uncles don't say much to each other because there is no need to say much, they understand each other perfectly. Confronted with age, they seek out reckless behavior, unwilling to sit still and get older, unable to overtly give up on life. Walter's presence suddenly requires them to adapt to new purpose, and to take care of themselves, too, as they are faced with the issue of providing appropriate male role models so that their young nephew might one day become an appropriate man.

Despite the studio's description, this is not a "heartwarming" movie with a happy, fluffy resolution for all concerned. The characters must make choices, and not always easy ones. The valiant tales of adventure don't always conclude with happily-ever-after fairytale endings. It is not purely a comedy, but instead probes the depths of emotion. The adult audience will probably appreciate this movie the most, but it is an appropriate movie for pre-teens as well.

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