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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.


Tim McCanlies


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


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 ^_^

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afrikas hemligheter See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,139,832, 21 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,407,470, 9 November 2003
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer-director Tim McCanlies wrote the lion as a female because he thought it would be easier to keep under control than a male lion. It was not until production began that he found out female lions were actually much more ferocious than male lions. See more »


During the confrontation with Frankie in the bar, when Hub grabs Frankie's arm, a cameraman and camera lens is clearly seen on the extreme right-hand side of the frame in one shot in the DVD. See more »


[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 »


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


A Lot of Livin' To Do
Written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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A Sensitive and Intelligent Kid's Story Without Potty Humor
26 April 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

This is largely a kid's film, but in the best sense, in that it isn't full of juvenile humor about failing bodily functions, nor is it demeaning to the elderly, even though both its stars are well over sixty; it's a joyful, optimistic and largely predictable romp about the relationship that can develop between the old and the young.

When Haley Joel Osment's Mother drops him off to stay for a while with two old curmudgeons, a perceptive viewer can probably guess what happens next--but that knowledge doesn't detract from the fun-it's like a great fairy tale that you want to have told to you again, a sentimental rural fable rich with the kind of things kids (and many adults) like--lions that can be tamed, monoplanes that can be built, and worthwhile lessons that can be learned. Nobody farts, nobody says the "f" word, and nobody drops their pants--it's actually funny because its humor springs from the considerable well-honed talents of acting treasures Michael Caine and Robert Duvall and from a well-written kid's story--with adults welcome to come along for the ride.

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