Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

Mr. Rice's Secret




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Movie Info

David Bowie plays this drama's title character, a strange Englishman who lives next door to Owen Walters (Bill Switzer), a 13-year-old suffering from cancer. Mr. Rice offers Owen life-affirming advice, and when he dies of mysterious causes, Owen is left to cope with both his own sickness and the death of his friend. Although his family proves to be unhelpful, he ultimately finds a way to prevail, thanks in part to the continuing posthumous parcels of wisdom offered by Mr. Rice.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: J. H. Wyman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
New City Releasing



as Mr. Rice

as Owen Walters

as Marylyn Walters

as Stan Walters

as Funnel Head

as Mr. Death

as Jonathan

as Priest

as Thin Man

as Baseball Kid No. 1

as Baseball Kid No. 2

as Umpire

as Doctor Vogel

as Potential Buyer

as Veg's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Rice's Secret

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Top Critic

The characters are stereotypes. Owen's world includes a loving mother, a stern but well-meaning father, a fat bully and a skinny weakling.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004

This is a well-constructed film with real substance.

Full Review… | April 16, 2002
Laramie Movie Scope

The filmmakers have created a movie which is didactic, yet not condescending, and inspirational without being corny.

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
Film Journal International

The film benefits from several strong performances, especially by the young, largely unknown, cast.

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Mr. Rice's Secret


Sweet well meaning film with a good moral. It's a family oriented film, and one that older kids and adults would like.

Lordy Lou, not even the presence of Bowie can save this smarmy drama. It so wanted to be Stand By Me but really failed on pretty much every. single. level. No clue as to why Bowie would have even signed up for this. Here is prime example at just how horrible this is, granted, I know kids can be mean, but really, what group of kids is going to beat up another kid, who has cancer and is going through chemo? Skip it... not even a hardcore Bowie fan should submit themselves to this glorified After School Special.

Jasun Wineline

Sweet well meaning film with a good moral. It's a family oriented film, and one that older kids and adults would like. Good performances from everyone, including the kids. Nicely done. It's not exceptional in any way but it works.

James Higgins

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