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Secondhand Lions (2003)

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Coming Out at 19 September 2003 in theaters

Comedy, Drama, Family

Secondhand Lions is comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies. It tells the story of an introverted young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) on a farm in Texas.

14-year-old Walter is left by his irresponsible mother, Mae, to live for the summer with his reclusive, bachelor great-uncles, Hub and Garth. Despite living on a ramshackle Texan farm, they are said to have a secret fortune and are made the target of every traveling salesman. They, in turn, sit on their porch with shotguns, shooting at the salesmen.

Walter is given a room in the attic and is not welcomed at first, until they realize he annoys other gold-digging relatives who visit with their children. For his part, Walter persuades his uncles to try spending some of their money, generally with disastrous results. Packets of seeds to plant a vegetable garden turn out all to be corn. Then they order a lion for an animal target and end up with an aging, tame, retired circus lioness, which they turn over to Walter as a pet. Later, she is released by accident and takes to the cornfield, which becomes her new “jungle” home. While loading 50-pound bags of Lion Chow, Hub passes out and is taken to the hospital. On leaving, they encounter four greasers at a roadside store who draw switchblade knives on Hub, but are easily beaten by him in a fight.

Director: Tim McCanlies

Writer: Tim McCanlies

Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick, Nicky Katt, Josh Lucas, Michael O’Neill

Cast:

Michael CaineGarth
Robert DuvallHub
Haley Joel OsmentWalter
Kyra SedgwickMae
Nicky KattStan
Josh LucasAdult Walter
Michael O’NeillRalph
Deirdre O’ConnellHelen
Eric BalfourSheik’s Grandson
Christian KaneYoung Hub
Kevin HabererYoung Garth
Emmanuelle VaugierJasmine
Adam OzturkThe Sheik
Jennifer StoneMartha
Mitchel MussoBoy
Marc MussoBoy
Joe StevensInsurance Salesman
Charles SandersGold Salesman
Morgana ShawReceptionist
Adrian PasdarSkeet Machine Salesman
Dameon ClarkeAnimal Truck Driver
Jason DouglasHelper
Rick DialFeed Store Owner
George HaynesFarmer
Jo Harvey AllenWoman in Hospital
Nadia ShihabHandmaiden
Eugene OsmentDoctor
Jace PitreFrankie
Travis WillinghamHood
Brian DecaroHood
Kanin HowellHood
Billy Joe ShaverBiplane Truck Driver
Dennis LettsSheriff
Daniel BrooksSheik’s Great Grandson
LinusThe Dog Pack
BaronThe Dog Pack
NickiThe Dog Pack
RustyThe Dog Pack
TylerThe Dog Pack
TauregJasmine the Lion
KelseyThe Giraffe
Charles E. GrayTurkish Soldier
Nick PriceWalt’s Son #1
Rory Charles ThostWalt’s Son #2
Elizabeth GastWalter’s Wife

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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