Secondhand Lions

September 19th, 2003


Secondhand Lions

No valid json found

Still of Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment in Secondhand LionsStill of Michael Caine and Robert Duvall in Secondhand LionsKyra Sedgwick at event of Secondhand LionsStill of Michael Caine and Robert Duvall in Secondhand LionsStill of Haley Joel Osment in Secondhand LionsStill of Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment in Secondhand Lions

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

Director: Tim McCanlies

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.

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 - The Sheik
Jennifer Stone - Martha
Mitchel Musso - Boy


Official Website: New Line Cinema [United States] | Official Site [Japan] |

Release Date: 19 September 2003

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,139,832 (USA) (21 September 2003) (3013 Screens)

Gross: $41,407,470 (USA) (9 November 2003)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Deleted scenes (included on the DVD release) include actor Bo Brinkman.

Continuity: 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.

[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.

User Review

Very Special

Rating: 10/10

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.


Comments are closed.