Walter, played by Haley Joel Osment, is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his mother Mae, an irresponsible single woman. One summer, she sends him to live with her uncles, a pair of reclusive single men who own a farm in Texas. Hub, played by Robert Duvall, and Garth, played by Michael Caine, are said to have a secret fortune, which makes them the target of various salespeople that come by. They sit on the porch with shotguns and antagonize them, making it clear that they do not want to be bothered. The two are eccentric, and Walter must learn about life and grow up during the summer in the midst of some less-than-ideal role models.Read more
Of all the animals featured in the film, none expected the pig to be the one to attack one of the stars, but that’s exactly what happened to Haley Joel Osment during filming. It was the only one without a trainer looking over it. Since Haley Joel Osment was 14 during filming, he underwent puberty, which made filming in sequence a necessity. If we look at the end of the film versus the beginning, we can see that his voice is noticeably deeper. In one of the fight scenes, Robert Duvall mistakenly hit actor Travis Willingham in the face three times, thinking he was a stunt man and that this was what was supposed to happen. He wasn’t, and it was not.
Secondhand Lions is a 2003 comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies. The film was produced by David Kirschner, Scott Ross, and Corey Sienega and distributed by New Line Cinema. It stars Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, and Kyra Sedgwick. It was released on September 19, 2003, to above average reviews and made $76 million against a budget of only $30 million. It holds a 59% approval rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes while Metacritic has assigned it a score of 52 out of 100.