Secondhand Lions is a 2003 American dramedy film written and directed by Tim McCanlies. It tells the story of an introverted young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is sent to live with his eccentric uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) on a farm in the U.S. state of Texas.
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In the summer of 1962, 12-year old Walter Caldwell (Haley Joel Osment) is taken by his fortune-hunting mother, Mae (Kyra Sedgwick), to live with his bachelor great-uncles, who are rumored to have a secret fortune. When they first arrive, they are greeted by the uncles' pets, a dog pack, (a French Bulldog, a Bloodhound, a Dachshund, a Portuguese Podengo and a mutt) and the pig, Hub and Garth McCann (Robert Duvall, Michael Caine respectively) are knee-deep in their pond, shooting at bass with shotguns. Upon Walter's arrival, neither they nor Walter are initially pleased to see the other.
Walter's cousins, also strong believers in the fortune, arrive a day after his mother leaves to ingratiate themselves into the good graces of Hub and Garth. They do not take kindly to Walter's company and soon scare him away at the proposal of putting him into foster care, and he runs away to telephone the court reporting school where his mother had claimed to have gone. He discovers that she is not actually enrolled at the school, but has lied yet again. As Hub and Garth find him, and hoping to drive away their pesky cousins, the Uncles offer Walter to come live with them again, trying to warm up to him. With no recourse, Walter returns with them.
Soon Hub, Garth, and Walter have adventures of their own. Hub and Garth frighten off Walter's cousins and purchase a clay pigeon thrower, a succession of ever-larger boats, and a biplane with their wealth. They order an aging lioness from a circus animal dealer. Walter adopts and names the lioness Jasmine (a name with deep significance to Hub, as Garth reveals to his great-nephew), thereby keeping Hub from killing her. Hub gets into a fight with several greasers, wins the fight, drives them back to the farm, then feeds them and gives them a lecture on what it means to be a real man. While encouraging them to eat vegetables and stop shooting at visiting salesmen, Walter eventually becomes used to their quirky, socially atypical mannerisms and they become used to him and his shyness.
Throughout the film after Walter discovers that Hub sleepwalks, Garth tells Walter the stories about their mysterious past: Garth reveals to him that he and Hub were adventurers beginning in World War I. Hub and Garth arrive in France the day Germany invaded the country. Garth believes they should return home, but Hub proposes that they tour Europe just ahead of the invading armies. On their last night in France, they find themselves shanghaied on a ship and are conscripted into the French Foreign Legion. The two brothers fight in many battles and following their army service, Garth becomes a guide in Africa, while Hub travels the world and helps anybody in need of it. During these travels, Hub meets and falls in love with Jasmine (Emmanuelle Vaugier), a beautiful young princess. She, however, has been promised to be the wife of a young and powerful Sheik. After Hub rescues Jasmine from the Sheik, a bounty of ten thousand
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