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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 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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Beautiful Day
by Tom Cochrane
Used by permission of BMG Music Publishing Canada
Courtesy of EMI Music Canada
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This could have been an excellent film
14 March 2002 | by MelmSee all my reviews

But it wasn't. As an ex brit Canadian, I am continually appalled by the standard of Canadian films. There is just something sooo distinctive about them - you can spot them a mile off - haven't quite figured out what it is - certainly the filming and direction is part of it. David Bowie was great in his too limited role - could have done with more of him and less of the kid's parents - as the parent of 2 canadian teenagers myself I could see no resemblance to real teenagers. The language was stilted, the scene was sort of leave it to beaver with attitude - as if the movie was set 20 years ago. Still, it made me cry - which isn't hard to do and I have seen worse, thus a 6 out of 10


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