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.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 7.4/10 (23,940 voted)
Critic's Score: 52/100
Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall
"Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.
Haley Joel Osment
Release Date: 19 September 2003
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $12,139,832
(21 September 2003)
(9 November 2003)
Did You Know?
Deleted scenes (included on the DVD release) include actor Bo Brinkman.
In the beginning when Walter comes across Jasmine's photo, he opens the trunk and we see mostly smooth sand. However, in the next shot where he is reaching down into the trunk, we see that a hand has already disturbed the sand.
[answering the phone]
This is Sheriff Brady. I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. It's about your uncles.
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.