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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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Tim McCanlies

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Tim McCanlies
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Adam Ozturk ... The Sheik
Jennifer Stone ... Martha
Mitchel Musso ... Boy
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Storyline

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 and Garth, Walter's great-uncles, have stolen a lot of gold and 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Haley Joel Osment was contracted without knowing which studio would make the movie nor who the other main leads were. 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 »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Hub and Garth are flying in their biplane. They fly past a police cruiser, in which the cop is sleeping. A view of the rearview mirror shows that the cop is already awake, but a second later we see him suddenly wake up. 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 »

Alternate Versions

For the UK cinema release, the distributors requested a PG certificate from the BBFC and 21 secs of footage was cut to remove shots of flick knives and violence. DVD releases were upgraded to a 12 certificate and the cuts were reinstated. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mad: 2012 Dalmatians/Grey's in Anime (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me In
Written by Yvonne Baker, Alphonso Howell and George Minor
Performed by The Sensations
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very Special
31 October 2004 | by nabor7See all my reviews

I cannot see how anyone would dis this movie unless they especially disliked a particular actor. I thought the casting was great, right down to the secondhand lion and the pig. The flashbacks were hilarious because as we age, the things we did before become more dramatic and are further enhanced. No one thinks about their past in terms of mediocrity, and this was brought out in the flashback scenes. Osment was a superb cast in this movie because of his unchanging facial expression. He has been burnt out with lies and his mother's constant searching for a husband only to find another loser.His comment to his mother said it all. Here was a kid who had met a lot of "uncles", so here were two more uncles that he was being pawned off on.

Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are the only two actors that come to mind who could pull this off. I plan to add this to my collection and would highly recommend it to anyone who has a ever daydreamed about far off places or dares to dream about what might have been.

Hollywood has gone off the deep end in trying to project a certain political ideology and this has hurt the overall film industry. It is no wonder that when a good movie like this comes out, it is not given a second look and is soon forgotten. It's sad.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secondhand Lions See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,900,000, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$42,070,939

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,260,279
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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