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Mr. Rice's Secret (1999)

A terminally-ill boy's life is saved when his deceased 400-year-old friend, "Mr. Rice", leads him on a treasure hunt to find a magical "Potion of Life".

Director:

Nicholas Kendall

Writer:

J.H. Wyman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Mr. Rice
Bill Switzer ... Owen
Teryl Rothery ... Marylyn
Garwin Sanford ... Stan
Zach Lipovsky ... Funnel Head
Jason Anderson Jason Anderson ... Veg
Tyler Thompson Tyler Thompson ... Gilbert
Campbell Lane ... Mr. Death
Richard de Klerk ... Simon (as Richard De Klerk)
Tyler Labine ... Percy
Eric Keenleyside ... Ray (as Eric Keenlyside)
Colleen Rennison ... Molly
Kyle Labine ... Jonathan
Tim Dixon ... Priest
Juno Rinaldi ... Cindy (as Juno Ruddell)
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A terminally-ill boy's life is saved when his deceased 400-year-old friend, "Mr. Rice", leads him on a treasure hunt to find a magical "Potion of Life".

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Taglines:

It's what you do in life that counts.

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and scenes of bullying | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Rice's Secret See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

At the end of the credits, the working title of the movie can be seen: "Exhuming Mr. Rice". See more »

Quotes

Funnel 'Funnel Head' McConnell: He's a parent, Owen. He's a recognized authority figure: I mean, he's supposed to be lied to!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

How's It Gonna Be
by Kevin Cadogan/Stephan Jenkins/Arion Salazar
Used by permission of BMG Music Publishing Canada & EMI Music Publishing
Courtesy of Warner Special Products
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Deals well with a difficult subject
11 October 2000 | by mcdaidSee all my reviews

Death is always a difficult subject to cover in the movies. Even more so when dealing with terminally ill children. Mr Rice's Secret succeeds in covering the issues in a sensitive but not mawkish way. Bowie gives a measured performance as the ancient mystic who befriends a young boy with Hodgkin's disease. The real star though is Bill Switzer, who excels as the boy fearing death who must learn to love life.


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