Hub gives an upset Walter an excerpt of his speech to encourage
him , and it is this excerpt that has moved and inspired many
fans of this film.
have received many queries asking if the entire "Everything
a boy needs to know about becoming a man" speech exists,
and if so, where to find a copy of it.
much as we ourselves had hoped that a copy of the entire
speech exists somewhere, the answer to that query came from
Tim McCanlies himself who says in his Director's Commentary
on the Secondhand Lions DVD
I never had any of that scripted
, because it was supposed to be far away
( ie: the scene was a long shot from the porch ) "
there you have it, although we really wish that the entire
speech existed, all we have of that speech is the excerpt
that Hub McCann gave a distraught young Walter to comfort
and to encourage him that night by the lake, when he was
feeling the hurt of his mother's lies.
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Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are
the things a man needs to believe in the most. That
people are basically good. That honour, courage and
virtue mean everything ; that power and money ... money
and power mean nothing. That good always triumphs over
evil. And I want you to remember this.... that love....true
love never dies ! Remember that boy ... remember that.
Doesn't matter if it is true or not, a man should believe
in those things , because those are the things worth
believing in...... got that ? "
the excerpt was very short, the words and message are very
powerful, beautifully written , and have moved and impacted
many who have seen this film.
is important , however, to understand this speech in the
context of the entire film , otherwise it may appear that
Hub is saying that truth is not important , especially since
he prefaced the speech with , " If you want to believe
in something, then believe in it! Just because something
isn't true, that's no reason you can't believe in it! "
from saying that truth is not important , what Hub was trying
to impress upon Walter was that it was important to believe
the things that are important to believe , that " people
were basically good, that honour and courage and virtue
mean everything, that good always triumphs over evil "
.... even if nobody else believed in them , even if ‘facts,’
experience and the opinions of others contradicted what
you believe , because those are the things worth believing