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Secret of the Cave

3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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A young American boy, Roy Wallace (Kevin Novotny), knows that his dad (Patrick Bergin) is Irish yet never thought he would be spending his precious summer vacation in a tiny fishing village in Ireland. He feels a long way from home but before long, unexpainable events begin to occur and murmurs of ghosts sweep through the village. Determined o solve the mystery and disprove the supersition of the villagers, Roy takes on the case. When all signs point towards the sea cave, Roy faces his fears and discovers the "Secret of the Cave."

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Bergin, Sheila Flitton, Rhoda Griffis, Joseph Kelly, Peadar Lamb
  • Directors: Zach Gray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0I4OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Dr. Fred R. Eichelman on September 6, 2007
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"Secret of the Cave" is an outstanding film that takes place in Scotland. It was put together as a college project by Southern Adventist University and the viewer will have no doubt that all those connected have a great career ahead of them. It is not a film that pushes any one faith or doctrine other than how we can relate to each other and to God. Unlike so many films made by beginners, this film is very professional and there is no way any thing connected in its making can be faulted. The extras alone are worth the price. I fully applaud this project and hope the school and the young people involved will continue the good work. We need more Christian film makers like this.
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Just purchased and viewed this film for the first time. This will make you want to travel to Ireland! Truly breathtaking vistas are faithful to what we enjoyed on our trip.

The film is an interesting look into the life of a small village that is truly a community. The plot involves a mystery surrounding the death of a local villager, and the strange happenings that follow during and immediately following the funeral. I recommend this for the whole family!
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This movie is breathtaking. It's a great movie for children and adults alike. Wonderful plot that keeps your attention all the way through.
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I thought this was a great family movie! The scenery was breathtaking and the little Irish village where it was filmed was quaint. The movie has a mystery that has you wondering to the end. I thought the actors did an excellent job, and I can see why this movie received the Heartland Crystal Heart Award. It has a good moral and I would like to see more films like this. I have bought some of the DVD's and am going to give them as Christmas gifts. We need some wholesome viewing like this out there for a change! I would recommend this to anyone and give it an A+ rating!
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This is a charming family movie. Agree that it may be a bit slowing moving for the American audience, but it is worth watching and I'll watch it again. Brings tears to the eyes of those who care about families and children. The extra feature about how the movie was made by a university is really worth watching. Don't miss it.
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Movie was in excellent condition, well packaged and arrived within the time promised. An unusual family film, with a different twist, but a happy ending. I would recommend it. I will also shop here again.
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Before deciding to consider buying a DVD of 'Secret of the Cave', I checked out a copy of the DVD from the local public library. I was impressed not only by the movie, but also by the quality of the DVD, which showed the feature in 1.78:1 aspect anamorphic widescreen and contained an 18 minute full frame, making-of featurette, 'Behind the Secret', in addition to two full-length commentary tracks, one by Southern Adventist University School of Visual Art and Design faculty (director Zach Gray and producer/cinematographer David George) and the other by university students, which point out a wealth of candid information about the filmmaking process, including why the ending shot (finding a photograph in a trunk) is not the ending shown (finding a note in the trunk) and why CGI was used to add toast to a breakfast scene. Amazon.com listed three 'Secret of the Cave' DVDs. Amazon's ASIN B000P0I4OE, released 9/4/2007, was listed as NTSC widescreen with aspect 1.77:1, but no mention was made of special features. ASIN B0015XHQXA, released 6/3/2008, was only listed as NTSC with no mention of aspect or special features. ASIN B001IS5XHS, released 8/7/2009, was also only listed as NTSC with no mention of aspect or special features. The library disc was released in 2007, but the 2009 disc had a much lower Marketplace seller price. I ordered the 2009 DVD, reasoning that it would be unlikely that both full frame and widescreen DVD masters would be made for an independent film. The DVD I received has the same anamorphic widescreen format and the same special features as the 2007 DVD has; both the DVD and its case insert bear the same 2006 copyright for the film and the same 2007 copyright for the artwork, making it difficult, but not impossible, to distinguish it from the 2007 DVD. The 2008 DVD shown on Amazon.com had different case artwork.
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For traditional values families, especially religious families, any movie that is subtlety based on Scripture has to be well worth watching. This is actually a (university) student project movie, but it is done in every way as professional as the best of what Hollywood produces. It will hold the interest of both the kids - my grandson was five when he saw it - and their parents, so it truly is a great family movie. Roy is fascinated by the 'ghost' of the cave, and sets out to solve the mystery. Along the way, it seems that the ghost does good deeds for the people in the community. When the mystery is solved, it is made clear that the basis for the good deeds was to follow Jesus' teaching that when you have done it the least of these, you have done it to Me. I can hardly think of a better movie for families.

In response to the one-star reviewers, I'd say that their reviews reveal their bias against anything Christian - even when it is as subtle as its presented in this movie - more than their ability to judge movies. As of this writing, I have about 4,000 DVDs of live-action movies for kids, about kids, or appropriate for kids (e.g. Historical stories, nature, biographies, etc.), I watch as many as 35 movies a week and write reviews of them when I am writing at my mountain cottage. Therefore, I think I can say that I have a pretty broad basis from which to judge movies, especially those pertaining to children and teens. The 'Secret of the Cave' easily come in among the top 5% of movies made for or about kids, especially for families that want to instill good character and long-established traditional values. It may not be 'politically correct' to advocate orthodox morality, but Universal laws cannot be changed by personal opinions.
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