Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)
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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.
as Mr. Rice
as Owen Walters
as Marylyn Walters
as Stan Walters
as Funnel Head
as Mr. Death
as Thin Man
as Baseball Kid No. 1
as Baseball Kid No. 2
as Doctor Vogel
as Potential Buyer
as Veg's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Rice's Secret
The characters are stereotypes. Owen's world includes a loving mother, a stern but well-meaning father, a fat bully and a skinny weakling.
The filmmakers have created a movie which is didactic, yet not condescending, and inspirational without being corny.
The film benefits from several strong performances, especially by the young, largely unknown, cast.
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