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Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

Mr. Rice's Secret




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Owen Walters (Bill Switzer) is a terminally ill 12-year-old boy. He and some of his friends, who are also sick, deal with the typical preteen realities of life -- bullies, parents, and sports -- but their lives are haunted by their apparent short life expectancies. Owen has developed a special bond with his somewhat eccentric next-door neighbor, Mr. Rice (David Bowie), who opens Owen's mind to ideas of philosophy. Sadly, Mr. Rice dies. But Owen discovers that Mr. Rice, in the days before his death, prepared an elaborate treasure hunt that only Owen, if he uses all the planted clues, can find. Owen and his friends go to great lengths and against great odds to find the treasure, and when Owen finds it, he discovers the treasure is buried inside himself.more
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


David Bowie
as Mr. Rice
Bill Switzer
as Owen Walters
Teryl Rothery
as Marylyn Walters
Garwin Sanford
as Stan Walters
Zack Lipovsky
as Funnel Head
Campbell Lane
as Mr. Death
Kyle Labine
as Jonathan
Tim Dixon
as Priest
Shayn Solberg
as Baseball Kid No. 1
Shayne Zwickel
as Baseball Kid No. 2
P. Lynn Johnson
as Doctor Vogel
Terry David Mulligan
as Potential Buyer
Merrilyn Gann
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


Bowie has a small but pivotal role in this coming of age drama. Interesting things to say about mortality.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


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

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