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TIM McCANLIES of Secondhand Lions
July 16, 2004 | yosemitest

Posted on 07/16/2004 9:48:00 PM PDT by Yosemitest

Tim McCanlies wrote an outstanding movie called "Secondhand Lions" and it was a really great story.

I wonder where he got the idea for the storyline? Could it have been from here at Free Republic?


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Thanks Tim McCanlies for a job well done!
1 posted on 07/16/2004 9:48:00 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

It was a great movie, along the lines of Forest Gump


2 posted on 07/16/2004 9:50:20 PM PDT by Gone_Postal (government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take it away)
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To: Yosemitest

I really like that movie.


3 posted on 07/16/2004 9:51:21 PM PDT by GeronL (wketchup.com)
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To: Yosemitest

The movie was great.


4 posted on 07/16/2004 9:53:40 PM PDT by lainie
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To: Gone_Postal

Forrest Gump was without a doubt the most retarded overrated movie I ever had to suffer throigh.


5 posted on 07/16/2004 9:57:39 PM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: lainie

I actually thought Second Hand Lions should have gone onto TV and been a series. There are alot of lessons in life that the movie handed out. And lets face it...the scene at the bar-b-q place with the four punks...was priceless. We need more movies like this.


6 posted on 07/16/2004 9:58:04 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Yosemitest

What was it about?


7 posted on 07/16/2004 9:58:18 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Yosemitest
Thanks for posting this. My son was just asking about good movies and I couldn't think of anything on the spot. I saw your mention of this, and phoned him at the video store, he found it and now will be well entertained tonight. It is a wonderful story, I think the weird title makes people think otherwise and not give it a try.
8 posted on 07/16/2004 10:06:07 PM PDT by luckymom (Forget the baby whales, save the baby humans.)
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To: Yosemitest

Wonderful film.


9 posted on 07/16/2004 10:08:13 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: Ann Archy
Click this for:
What the critics are saying

The plot:

It's worth your time, and your money.
10 posted on 07/16/2004 10:19:55 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: pepsionice
I couldn't agree more.
11 posted on 07/16/2004 10:22:47 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: pepsionice

We buy dog food and chicken lay mash at a feed store, and my daughter joked about Lion Chow after watching the movie with us. Pretty good joke for a 7-year-old. :-)


12 posted on 07/16/2004 10:30:32 PM PDT by lainie
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To: Yosemitest

I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED this movie.

Did I mention that I loved this movie?


13 posted on 07/16/2004 10:34:16 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: lainie

It's good that a 7 year old can get enjoyment from a movie like this and respect for elders. We all have a story in us.... just waiting to come to life. This one shows us how to help others, at a much deeper level. Life is worth living!


14 posted on 07/16/2004 10:35:51 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

One of the few you can watch over and over.


15 posted on 07/16/2004 10:37:55 PM PDT by Boazo (LOSE THE TAG LINE)
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To: Yosemitest

I agree, with the exception that I think the stories in all of us ARE come to life. :-)


16 posted on 07/16/2004 10:39:49 PM PDT by lainie
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To: lainie

This is the second movie that I know of, that came from someone's suggestion here at "freerepublic.com". The other one was "Anger Management" and I've known of several commercials generated from here, such as "The Romin' Gnome" and the firing of William Shatner on "PriceLine.Com".


17 posted on 07/16/2004 10:44:43 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

I haven't seen "Anger Management." "Secondhand Lions" came to my attention via the recommendation of a friend. And I ordinarily avoid Michael Caine, go figure. It's so nice to be pleasantly surprised by a movie!


18 posted on 07/16/2004 10:52:41 PM PDT by lainie
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To: annyokie
Forrest Gump was without a doubt the most retarded overrated movie I ever had to suffer throigh.

I agree.

It was weird, and it was awful.

19 posted on 07/16/2004 10:58:40 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: lainie
Anger Management is not as family orientated as Secondhand Lions and I don't recommend it for children. But if you've ever been accused of being "out of control" in order to put you under someone else's thumb... it's worth watching.

But I agree with pepsionice that Secondhand Lions could easily be made into a TV series.

20 posted on 07/16/2004 10:58:43 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: annyokie

seconded


21 posted on 07/16/2004 11:11:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: lainie

We should all start a campaign for TBS or some network to bring the movie into a tv series. There are at least 1,000 scenarios which we could weave into 30-show season. Could you see the boy's taking the kid to Yankee stadium...and wounding up on the New York subway? Or how about going off to latin american country and starting a revolution?


22 posted on 07/16/2004 11:13:53 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Yes its a very good movie.. and certainly could be adapted to a television series... If they try to do this though, they better hire top notch writers an actors....


After all there are a lot of years between when he comes to STAY permanently with his uncles and becoming a Man....

It would be absolutely vital that the casting and writing be A calibre to make a series work.


23 posted on 07/16/2004 11:16:41 PM PDT by HamiltonJay ("You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.")
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To: pepsionice
They would have four different times to jump around in: the boy's present time, the uncles' instruction time, the uncles' time of their memories, and the uncles' memories of their childhood experiences before they learned how to handle a given situation correctly.
24 posted on 07/16/2004 11:31:33 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

is this the one where the people are being chased by zombies so they live in a mall?


25 posted on 07/16/2004 11:45:47 PM PDT by isom35
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To: annyokie

I loved Forrest Gump, and bought the DVD. I took it as an indictment against pop culture and what the 60's wrought. I'm also going to take this opportunity to say that the worst movie I ever saw, and it in fact still makes me livid thinking about it, is American Beauty. I hated that movie, and immediately lost respect for any friends of mine that liked it.


26 posted on 07/17/2004 12:40:48 AM PDT by SoDak (monthly donor, join and show your support)
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To: SoDak; SunkenCiv

I, too, loved "Forrest Gump," and had a discussion following that movie that lasted as long as the show. *L*

"Second Hand Lions" is a kids' movie, not up to adult artistic and continuity standards. Michael Caine's Texas accent was a joke, and the long long minutes of screen time devoted to expressions on the kid's face were way overdone -- like the constant screams of Culkin in "Home Alone".
For a kids' story, it was okay, but the adult story-telling fantasy version would be "Big Fish."


27 posted on 07/17/2004 12:58:10 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Yosemitest

I agree, that was a really great movie.


28 posted on 07/17/2004 1:00:44 AM PDT by P-Marlowe
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To: pepsionice
Or how about going off to latin american country and starting a revolution?

You should to see Michael Caine in "The Man Who Would be King" for an excellent exotic travelling adventure story.

29 posted on 07/17/2004 1:02:49 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Yosemitest

Do ya have a link or more info on the implied FR source for the story line ? Sounds interesting if you are serious. I'd like to hear the rest of your story ....... Great Movie ! In my DVD libary now.......

Stay safe !


30 posted on 07/17/2004 1:14:39 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Yosemitest
Exellent family movie

In regards to Duvall, another outstanding performance!

"They died with their boots on"

31 posted on 07/17/2004 1:14:50 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (BUSH 2004!)
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To: ValerieUSA; SoDak
Yeah, I think it would be difficult not to be moved by Forrest, Forrest Gump. Unlike SoDak, I liked American Beauty, despite the pro-legalization, pro-crime, hetero stereotypes and the like that pervaded it. I think it was the protagonist's blackmailing his corrupt boss that resonated with me. Either that or the emotionally barren cheerleader in the rose petals...
George W. Bush will be reelected by a margin of at least ten per cent

32 posted on 07/17/2004 1:19:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: Yosemitest

Thank You for suggesting this movie. I was thinking about buying another movie when I saw this thread. I went out and bought it. WOW! This goes right up there with my all time favorites. It even has one of the great lines; "Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man has to believe in the most. Honor, courage and virtue mean everything." WOW!


33 posted on 07/17/2004 2:26:35 AM PDT by bad company ((<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism))
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To: annyokie
Forrest Gump was without a doubt the most retarded overrated movie I ever had to suffer throigh.

what can I say I'm without words so I'll ........RUN POSTAL RUN

34 posted on 07/17/2004 6:07:51 AM PDT by Gone_Postal (government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take it away)
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To: Gone_Postal
the comparison I make to the movies GUMP and Second Hand Lions is how the time line is used and how the telling of the stories of the past is so unlikely that it's (true in the movie)

Gump had it moments, things that we all remember at one time or another and I liked the way they were used in the movie.
Ex. the Elvis twitch dance, the smiley face, the Kennedy footage, and I know there were more just can't remember than right now.

Second Hand Lions was just a great movie and I would recommend it to any one who has not seen it......

35 posted on 07/17/2004 6:17:21 AM PDT by Gone_Postal (government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take it away)
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To: bad company

Puck Everlasting
Going Home or Long Way Home - I can't remember (Korean film in a similar pro-elderly vein)
Adventures in Babysitting (one F word)


36 posted on 07/17/2004 6:21:07 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: Yosemitest

This was a great little movie.
Right always wins out.
We loved it.

I thought it was apropos to have it show the Arab thanking the American for the courageous uncle, at the end. Cute kids too.


37 posted on 07/17/2004 6:21:32 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: SoDak

I'm proud to say my husband and I never saw Forrest Gump.


38 posted on 07/17/2004 6:22:53 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: LadyPilgrim

You just spoiled the ending for those who didn't see it yet.


39 posted on 07/17/2004 6:24:38 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: mabelkitty

Nah.
It isn't spoiled for anyone. &;-)

With all the Arab stuff going on, it would pay everyone to see it.


40 posted on 07/17/2004 6:31:50 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: LadyPilgrim

That was a warm surprise.


41 posted on 07/17/2004 6:37:18 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: Yosemitest
We saw the movie once and bought it for the lake cabin. You see, we only get 3 channels at the cabin, one of which is PBS. Therefore, auxillary entertainment, by way of a CD player, is required for evenings. The rest of the collection includes "Braveheart", "The Patriot", "Caddie Shack", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "The Cheyenne Social Club", and an interesting collection of The Three Stooges.

To anyone that would look at this list and say, "this guy is nuts" I'll have you know that many of our lake cabin neighbors love to borrow my Three Stooges collection.

42 posted on 07/17/2004 6:42:32 AM PDT by timydnuc ("Give me Liberty, or give me death"!)
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To: mabelkitty

You're making me giggle this early in the morning!
I usually don't start that, until in the afternoon!


43 posted on 07/17/2004 6:48:46 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: mabelkitty

The Long Way home! I can't believe another Freeper has seen it! That's one of my favorite movies!


44 posted on 07/17/2004 6:50:09 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Just thinkin' about women and glasses of beer.)
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To: Warren_Piece

My husband and I do the secret chicken wave whenever something "sucks".


45 posted on 07/17/2004 6:51:32 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: mabelkitty
Hee, hee. Kentucky Chicken!

BTW, I took a look at the DVD case; the actual title is "The Way Home".

46 posted on 07/17/2004 6:55:36 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Just thinkin' about women and glasses of beer.)
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To: LadyPilgrim
The Arab at the end with his son... there is alot of potential here. He could take the boy to meet his father and the father could tell stories of the uncles' adventures as "worthy adversaries", then the boy could do more comic strips about those stories.

Or the Boy could start telling the Arab's son about the uncles, move back to that old house, rebuild the crashed airplane, and fly the Arab's son, to create his uncles' spirit of adventure in the Arab's son. With the Arab's love of the uncles, he could allow his son to stay with the boy for a year or two.

The boy could take the ship from the pond and start an adventure around the world with the Arab and his son.

This could really make a good series, as long as they stick to the positive side of life. It could teach values that we so desperately need today. It could be as great as "Gunsmoke" or as "M.A.S.H" by teaching us that "life is worth living."

47 posted on 07/17/2004 9:24:23 AM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Ann Archy
What was it about?

It's one of those rare Hollywood gems where a boy learns how to become a man without all the B.S. political correctness.

Though I don't care for Michael Caines...he's a lefty but nevertheless a great movie.

48 posted on 07/17/2004 9:30:34 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Yosemitest

Hey!
I think you need to write some stories. You sound very talented. Already have some great story lines!

You know, that's one of the things I love about FR. You find all kinds of great folks here!


49 posted on 07/17/2004 9:30:36 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: Squantos

Rush has spoken of a search engine called "Lex Nexus", but I don't subscribe to it. The post is in the archive files of Free Republic, somewhere around Sep 02 thru Jan 03, but I don't remember exactly when. Look for "Buy a old Lion from a zoo that's being put to pasture" or "Buy an old Lion from a zoo" with "Tiger Moth".


50 posted on 07/17/2004 9:42:10 AM PDT by Yosemitest
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