Mr. Rice's Secret (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

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.


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 (6) | Top Critics (1)

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
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Someone deserves the grand prize for persuading David Bowie to participate in this minor drama .The movie is bland and ordinary and kinda stupid.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

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