Mr Rice's Secret details
|Starring:||Zack Lipovsky, Bill Switzer, Teryl Rothery, David Bowie, Garwin Sanford|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
Mr Rice's Secret
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Sep 2003|
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The worst Film Bowie has ever madeBy JamesMc (134 reviews) from London , 14 Mar 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This was made by Sky TV and it shows. It has the feel of a syruppy TV Movie designed to be shown in the afternoon (although with one swear word for some reason) and is truely awful.
The plot resolves around a 14 year old who has cancer, although he doesn't look very ill, cos he's strong and he's a fighter. Bowie is his dead old friend who has left him clues to the titular secret (which is revealed on the cover of the DVD, but I won't spoil it for you. The film does that for itself.) One of the clues involves the boy having to dig his body up, so he can't be that much of a friend, despite the fact (in flashback) he speaks in home spun moralising cliches. 'It's not how long you live, it's what you do in life.'
Oh, and there are subplots about standing up to bullies, and learning to be nice to people.
I don't think Bowie is as bad an actor as people say he is (and to be fair, the acting is not the problem in this film, it's just a dreadful script), but this is a truly awful film. If you love the Bowie of Heroes, Life on Mars, Slip Away and Hallo Spaceboy, avoid this piece of tripe like the plague.
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not too schmaltzyBy snooziep (3 reviews) from Nottingham , 24 Nov 2009I will be honest, I rented this because I love David Bowie so like to see everything he has done, regardless of whether I fall into the target audience for the film.
When this arrived I settled down to watch it and it soon became clear it was aimed probably at teenagers and was either made for television or went straight to DVD. From the opening few scenes I decided it was going to be kind of cheesey with a typically moralistic ending and expected to be a little bored.
On the whole, the film is what I expected BUT it was very nicely done, not too over the top and actually had more whimsy than cheese to it which I really enjoyed. I found myself drawn into the characters and the mystery around old Mr Rice and although some of the moral issues of the film were a bit predictable (it is a film for kids after all), it balanced nicely with the unexpected 'secret' in the title of the film. I liked that it left a lot simply up to wonder and mystery rather then trying wrap things up with tidy explanations.
One for sunday afternoon on the sofa with a cuppa. And of course, Mr Bowie was brilliant (but I am soooo biased!)
Highly enchanting with an important message!By Brighouse1971 (155 reviews) from Brighouse, WY , 21 Jun 2009Not like the other reviews for this movie, I was very surprised by that enchanting piece...and the deep message of the movie was an additional plus!
The story is kinda like the Neverending Stories, about Life and DEATH and living Life to the full, even if you have some sort of terminal illness, like the main character!
Of course, its just an easy TV Drama but I got marveled and enchanted, nevertheless!
Additional, the bonus feature was very interesting as well.
A nice magical movie for an enchanting evening with the whole family!
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DreadfulBy a customer from Bridgend , 04 Feb 2009Being an obsessive Bowie fan for many years this was one of three movies which i have never seen with him in, the other two are 'Everybody loves sunshine' and 'The Linguini incident'. Must i say this film is so bad i could'nt watch it all the way through.Well 'The Linguini incident' is on it's way which has the best reviews out of these three movies,let you know later.
teen /family movieBy a customer from norfolk , 20 Apr 2007i enjoyed this film ...good cast
Bad, Bad.....Bad!By a customer from hitchin , 08 Mar 2007As a BIG David Bowie fan, i have to say this film sucks. The writing is horrible - everything is sickly sweet .....and every David can't deliver the lines without sounding over the top!