secondhand lions

the year: 2003

the genre: dramedy

the cast: Michael Caine (Garth); Robert Duvall (Hub); Haley Joel Osment (Walter); Kyra Sedgewick (Mae)

the plot: Before going on yet another husband-hunting trip, 13 year old Walter's mother drops him off at the house of his great-uncles Hub and Garth. They disappeared for quite a while in their youth, and are rumored to have acquired a great fortune, which Walter's mother hopes to get her hands on if he can ingratiate himself enough to the two cantankerous men. Though reluctant to put up with him at first, Hub and Garth grow to accept Walter, and even tell him fantastic stories of what they were up to while they went missing. When his mother returns, Walter must take charge of his own life, and decide what he's going to do with it.

don't miss: what is suspected as the cause of death for Garth and Hub at the end of the movie.

listen for: "We're fix'in to die anytime, so if we kick off in the middle of the night, you're on your own."

did you know: In the fight scene with Robert Duvall one of the actors was hit three times in the face by Robert. Due to a miscommunication, Robert thought he was a stunt man and was supposed to hit him. The cut used was the final one when the actor's nose finally started to bleed.

extra bonus points: if you know which animal attacked Haley Joel Osment during filming.

also listen for: "Well. We'll see what the man's sellin'. THEN we'll shoot him."


Lori said...

We really like this one. Ryan says the tough/funny uncles remind him of one of his grandmas. Love the 'all you need to know to become a man' speeches. These uncles "really lived"!

Laney said...

I LOVE when Jasmyn says in Garth's voice "I must meet this man." This is such a great movie. Thanks to Lori and Ryan for introducing us to it! The deleted scenes are pretty good, too.

Erika said...

I don't know about the bonus, but I'm going to guess-the pig.

This is a good one. I was watching bits of it just the other day.

my word verification is "procksi"--how a redneck from out in the sticks (like the Secondhand Lions locale) might spell proxy

Millie Motts said...

Erika is correct. Haley Joel Osment was attacked by the pig during filming. The lion had numerous trainers and handlers, but no one thought the pig might be a menace.