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Mr. Rice's Secret (1999)

A terminally-ill boy's life is saved when his deceased 400-year-old friend, "Mr. Rice", leads him on a treasure hunt to find a magical "Potion of Life".

Director:

Nicholas Kendall

Writer:

J.H. Wyman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Mr. Rice
Bill Switzer ... Owen
Teryl Rothery ... Marylyn
Garwin Sanford ... Stan
Zach Lipovsky ... Funnel Head
Jason Anderson Jason Anderson ... Veg
Tyler Thompson Tyler Thompson ... Gilbert
Campbell Lane ... Mr. Death
Richard de Klerk ... Simon (as Richard De Klerk)
Tyler Labine ... Percy
Eric Keenleyside ... Ray (as Eric Keenlyside)
Colleen Rennison ... Molly
Kyle Labine ... Jonathan
Tim Dixon ... Priest
Juno Rinaldi ... Cindy (as Juno Ruddell)
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A terminally-ill boy's life is saved when his deceased 400-year-old friend, "Mr. Rice", leads him on a treasure hunt to find a magical "Potion of Life".

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Taglines:

It's what you do in life that counts.

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and scenes of bullying | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Rice's Secret See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

At the end of the credits, the working title of the movie can be seen: "Exhuming Mr. Rice". See more »

Quotes

Funnel 'Funnel Head' McConnell: He's a parent, Owen. He's a recognized authority figure: I mean, he's supposed to be lied to!
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Trainwreck
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Written by Stewart Northey/Elliott Kendall
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Unrealised potential
19 February 2011 | by nick-phillips-937-64346See all my reviews

This film had potential, but I, and I suspect those involved in making it, really have no idea who it was actually aimed at.

Simplified too much to appeal to more mature kids (of all ages), too much involvement from rather cardboard parents for any escapism, the moralizing getting in the way of the story too much for younger kids and too obvious for older ones, the "puzzles" far too simply solved.

Overall, far too much certainty. For a movie with this kind of story to succeed, I think a lot more ambiguity and uncertainty is required - hints at what's going on, who the characters are, and what's going to happen, rather than great big illuminated signposts. It could probably do with taking itself rather more seriously, too.

I only find myself wondering how they managed to string it out for so long.


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