Secondhand Lions

Directed By: Tim McCanlies Starring: Michael Caine Robert Duvall

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Inter-generational relationships explored

by AnitaJ on 9/15/2008

The heart of this charming story is a flashback: A successful cartoonist, notified of the deaths of his two great-uncles, reflects on how they impacted his life. The bachelor-hermits unwillingly take on the care of their niece's adolescent son when she abandons him on their remote Texas farm for a summer visit. The boy's maturing and the establishing of a lifelong loving relationship with these men comprises a series of wonderfully amusing events. If you purchase a copy of this film with extras, be sure to watch the outtakes before you view the final cut. Your enjoyment of the film will be enhanced if you're familiar with some backing story lines that were dropped in the editing room.

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A comedic and touching family film about a shy boy who finds shy boy who finds himself spending the summer with a pair of cranky and eccentric great-uncles have a mysterious and secret past.


Studio New Line
SKU 40233661
UPC 794043690426
UPC 14 00794043690426
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Family (General)
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Set in Texas in the 1950s, SECONDHAND LIONS tells the touching story of Walter (Haley Joel Osment), a shy teenager sent to stay with two estranged uncles for the summer. Various rumors surround the two uncles (played by Robert Duvall and Michael Caine), mostly because the duo have only recently resurfaced into family life after 40 years spent carrying out misdeeds and illicit activities. The one fact about the men, of which Walter's mom is only too aware, is that they appear to be extremely wealthy, having stashed over one million dollars in cash at an undisclosed location. After initially balking at Walter's inherent shyness and nervous disposition, the two men soon warm to the child, and proceed to tell him some incredible tales of their adventures.^Director Tim McCanlies lets SECONDHAND LIONS unfold at a leisurely pace, allowing Caine and Duvall to play off each other and slowly bring Osment's character out of his shell. As all the characters become invigorated by the stories and tall tales, a neat bond is formed between them, with some touching interplay and valuable lessons in life for Osment. This is a moving coming-of-age film that the whole family can enjoy.
Chicago Sun-Times "...Gentle and sweet..." 09/19/2003 p.33
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...It achieves some touching moments....Haley Joel Osment reconfirms his understated skills..." 11/01/2003 p.117
Total Film "...In McCanlies' deft hands, the emotions are carefully harvested..." 11/01/2003 p.104
Variety "...Writer-director Tim McCanlies' feel-good celebration of youth and old age enriching each other is carefully leavened with humor..." 09/15/2003 p.22-3
Sight and Sound "Michael Caine and Robert Duvall play well off each other..." 12/01/2003 p.51-2
Tim McCanlies
Michael Caine
Robert Duvall
Cast & Crew
David Kirschner - Producer
David Moritz - Editor
Haley Joel Osment - Actor
Jack Green - Cinematographer
Janis Rothbard Chaskin - Executive Producer
Kyra Sedgewick - Actor
Michael Caine - Actor
Nicky Katt - Actor
Patrick Doyle - Musical Score
Robert Duvall - Actor
Tim McCanlies - Director
Tim McCanlies - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 6904
UPC 00794043690426
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Simple and affecting, Secondhand Lions is a comedic fantasy with a big heart. Despite flaws that are
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie, written and directed by Tim McCanlies, is a gentle and sweet whimsy, attentive to the lov
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Osment,Haley Joel
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Betty Jo Tucker, Reeltalk Movie Reviews Schmaltzy? Absolutely. But in the hands of three exceptional actors, Secondhand Lions is totally entertaining and heartwarming. I'm adding it to my best-of-year list.
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle Caine and Duvall are expert...

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