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      Mr. Rice's Secret

      PG Released Feb 26, 2000 1 hr. 53 min. Fantasy List
      50% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 54% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Owen Walters (Bill Switzer) is a terminally ill preteen who must also cope with all the other rigors of early adolescence. But, after the death of his whimsical next-door neighbor, Mr. Rice (David Bowie), Owen discovers something extraordinary: a complex treasure hunt, devised by Mr. Rice, that may lead the young boy to unearth some fantastic secrets. As Owen struggles with nightmares about death, he inches closer to the treasure, which may offer him some measure of salvation. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Ok fantasy/drama. It wants to be more profound than it really is. And there isn't nearly enough Bowie in it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved this movie! Great watch, David Bowie did a marvelous job! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved this movie and the incredible story it told. The acting was very solid. One of the best family movies I've seen in quite a while. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Sweet well meaning film with a good moral. It's a family oriented film, and one that older kids and adults would like. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member it is a good film with a great message live your life and don't regret anything Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member It's what you do in life that counts. **************** Mr. Rice's Secret is a wonderful opportuitity to explore the imporantance each of us represents in Life. No matter how long or short your life is; it's what you do while your here that counts. How you treat others and what you believe in. I liked the moral this story left me with. Be true to yourself and each other.Rejoice in every moment you have been given. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Elvis Mitchell New York Times Rated: 2/5 Mar 30, 2001 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 1, 2005 Full Review Judith Egerton Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) The characters are stereotypes. Owen's world includes a loving mother, a stern but well-meaning father, a fat bully and a skinny weakling. Rated: 2/4 Jul 1, 2004 Full Review Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope This is a well-constructed film with real substance. Rated: 3/4 Apr 16, 2002 Full Review Maria Garcia Film Journal International The filmmakers have created a movie which is didactic, yet not condescending, and inspirational without being corny. Mar 30, 2001 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk The film benefits from several strong performances, especially by the young, largely unknown, cast. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 30, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Owen Walters (Bill Switzer) is a terminally ill preteen who must also cope with all the other rigors of early adolescence. But, after the death of his whimsical next-door neighbor, Mr. Rice (David Bowie), Owen discovers something extraordinary: a complex treasure hunt, devised by Mr. Rice, that may lead the young boy to unearth some fantastic secrets. As Owen struggles with nightmares about death, he inches closer to the treasure, which may offer him some measure of salvation.
      Director
      Nicholas Kendall
      Executive Producer
      David Forrest, Beau Rogers
      Screenwriter
      J.H. Wyman
      Distributor
      Panorama Entertainment [us], MTI Home Video [us]
      Production Co
      New City Productions, Panorama Entertainment
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 26, 2000, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Sep 25, 2001
      Sound Mix
      Dolby