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Secondhand Lions [Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick, Nicky Katt
  • Directors: Tim McCanlies
  • Writers: Tim McCanlies
  • Producers: Amy Sayres, Corey Sienega, David Kirschner, Janis Rothbard Chaskin, Joe Dishner
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: Feb. 3 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000YTP0C
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If you can get past its thick layer of syrup and molasses, Secondhand Lions reveals itself as a thoroughly decent family film that anyone can enjoy. It gets a little sappy sometimes, but there's something to be said for a movie in which Michael Caine and Robert Duvall play eccentric old brothers who take the easy approach to fishing: instead of a peaceful rod and reel, they use 12-gauge shotguns. When 14-year-old Walter (Haley Joel Osment, teetering on puberty) spends an eventful summer with his great-uncles on their vast Texas farmland (he's been dumped there by his delinquent mom, played by Kyra Sedgwick), he soon discovers they've lived lives full of adventure, excitement, passion, and mystery. Either that or they're old-time bank robbers with a long criminal record, and writer-director Tim McCanlies (who invested similar warmth into The Iron Giant) does a nice job of concealing the truth until the very end. Full of enriching lessons and homespun humor, Secondhand Lions has more substance than most family films. If you enjoyed Holes, you'll probably enjoy this movie, too. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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The movie itself is a great family movie- we all loved it......BUT the quality of the DVD is garbage! It came in a very flimsy package and the DVD was very cheap plastic quality- not at all like most of the movies I have received over the past from Amazon. The movie kept freezing up 3/4 of the way through and after attempting six or seven times we finally gave up and never did get to see the end of it. If you are looking for a great family movie to watch- get this movie but make sure the quality of the DVD is better than the one I received.
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What a wonderful story... Fabulous actors humanize the story of daring youth abilities to autumn years, allowing a few kinks from others conjuring greed. A young boy learning life from elderly uncles, profound lessons of respect and gratitude... It's a keeper... Thank you Amazon for your steadfastness in finding me a copy of this DVD.
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I have owned and loved this movie for several years and have just purchased the blue-ray copy for my grandchildren. Robert Duvall is priceless as the eccentric rough-edged uncle, and Michael Caine makes a perfect foil for him as his gentler and more communicative brother. Haley Osment shines in his role as the young teenager whose lot parachutes him into the rich and eccentric lives of his great-uncles.
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The product and delivery were fine coming from Germany. The problem is.... My Blue Ray Machine Will NOT play the movie because it is marked for Germany only and is useless in Canada..... Beware for Canadian Consumers.
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I remembered enjoying this movie many years ago when we rented it. I googled the story line until I found the title and then ordered it. This movie was well worth the effort. We really enjoyed it. Over the holidays we purchased some movies from local retailers but also compared prices and availability with Amazon.ca We really appreciate Amazon for all the features including reviews, movie descriptions and price and availability. We're very satisfied with Amazon.
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By Bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2006
Format: DVD
Walter (Haley Joe Osment) an introverted kid gets to stay with his two eccentric great-uncles, Garth (Michael Caine) and Hub (Robert Duvall.) While there He is told of their robust adventures and how they came to be there and rich. However everyone else tells a different story. He comes to understand them and some of life through several events. One of those events is befriending an over the hill lion which just may represent a couple of uncles.

It is not so much the bonding formula of the story as the way the tail of exotic places and heroic acts is intertwined with everyday life. I think of stories my own parents and grand parent told of such things as encounters with Poncho Via in Mexico where they sold him horses and were invited to leave.

It is not so much the stories as the goodness of man that was being portrayed, moving back and forth in time, with a few adjustments to history, made you feel that they were your great-uncles who could believe such tales. And yet...

If you find that this movie moved you then it is time to try two others that are similar. "Dust" (2001) with Joseph Fiennes and David Wenham. "Little Buddha" (1993) with Keanu Reeves.
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We did not order a blu-ray version. The DVD was delivered a month later than the stated delivery date. We have now received the DVD and when I went back to be sure that the version I had ordered was not blu ray, there is a large warning stating that this will not play on Canadian or US DVD players. This product is totally useless...why would anyone in the US or Canada order a DVD that can't be played. I feel I was ripped off.
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I cannot understand why Amazon uses paid reviewers who are afraid to like the films they review and don't even bother to see many of them, as indicated by the errors of fact in the second quoted review. Make no mistake, folks, this is the real thing: a truly mesmerizing family film that is able to be humorous, scary, thrilling and inspiring - frequently all at the same time. How many years has it been since three generations of your family were able to repeatedly laugh and cheer loudly for a film? This is in the rare class of films that will go on and on, like Wizard of Oz, Shane, Dragonslayer, High Noon, Miracle on 34th Street, and a very few others, except that it is better than several of them. It is a film for all time and all ages. It is definitely not just a "kid's picture". Perhaps I am partial to "modern legends." I think we all are.
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