Mr. Rice's Secret

1999, Movie, NR, 92 mins

Mr. Rice's Secret
Aimed at youngsters, this odd mix of fantasy and disease-of-the-week conventions doesn't really gel, though its ambitions are laudable. Adolescent Owen Walters (Bill Switzer) has Hodgkin's disease, and his well-meaning parents (Teryl Rothery, Garwin Sanford) don't want him to dwell on thoughts of death. So they forbid him to attend the funeral of the eccentric Mr. Rice (David Bowie), who befriended Owen and knew full well that Owen thinks of death constantly. He has nightmares about coffins and obsesses about the dark blue suit he's convinced his mother bought to bury him in. He's even mean to Simon (Richard de Klerk), a sicker ...
Released: 1999 Rated: NR Length: 92 mins

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