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Secondhand Lions (2003)

Cast: Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, more...
Director: Tim McCanlies
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Coming of Age , Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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In this family-friendly comedy drama, Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is a shy and bookish boy just short of his teens whose mother impulsively decides to leave him for the summer with his eccentric grand-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine). Walter isn't especially happy about being left in the middle of Texas with two old men, while Hub and Garth aren't too pleased to be stuck minding a boy, especially one who isn't accustomed to hunting, fishing, or firearms. When Walter starts hearing local gossip about his uncles' wild and wooly pasts, he begins asking a few questions, and while Hub and Garth don't enjoy having the boy poking into their pasts, as they start telling tales of their youthful adventures, they find themselves itching for some new adventures in their lives. Soon Walter is a semi-willing accomplice as his elderly guardians rediscover the wild, impulsive spirit of youth. Secondhand Lions was produced in part by the well-respected visual effects house Digital Domain, who also helped create the imagery for the film's flashback sequences. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • 3 Featurettes: "Secondhand Lions: One Screenplay's Wild Ride in Hollywood," "On the Set with Secondhand Lions," and "Haley Joel Osment: An Actor Comes of Age"
  • Visual Effects Comparisons
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

GreenCine Member Reviews

Caine and Duvall steal the show! by Emosjrny February 10, 2004 - 8:29 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I'd originally heard little of this movie until it came to DVD and upon reading a synopsis, I thought it worth taking a look at. "2ndhand Lions" is extremely watchable due mainly to the talent of it's almost-legendary stars Michael Caine and Robert Duvall and it's highly effective story-within-a-story storyline. The fantasy tale of their action charged youth is almost as captivating as the story about the not-even senior citizens hooking up with the youngster. Undoubtedly, the film's original ending (including here on the DVD) served the movie much better than the reported $600,000 re-shoot but such it goes when it comes to big studio interference.

Weak at best... by magohn February 8, 2004 - 10:39 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Three great talents with no place to call home. Im not sure if Michael Caine was supposed to have a Texan accent in this tale as much as Im not sure what this tale was trying to tell. For a better coming of age escapade, rent "This Boys Life". The last 10 mins knocked it from a 7 to a 6 out of 10. Silly nonsense.

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