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Ultimate Gift, The (2006)

A life experience becomes a gift.

Original Title : The Ultimate Gift
Director : Michael O. Sajbel
Writer : Cheryl McKay
Jim Stovall
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Paul Brooks, Rick Eldridge, Rick Eldridge, Scott Fithian, Cleve Landsberg, Dave Ross, John Shepherd, Jim Van Eerden
Music : Mark McKenzie
Photography : Brian Baugh
Distributor : Bigger Picture, The, FoxFaith
MPAA Rating : Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language.
IMDB ID : 0482629
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Starring

Drew Fuller Jason Stevens
James Garner Red Stevens
Ali Hillis Alexia
Abigail Breslin Emily
Lee Meriwether Miss Hastings
Brian Dennehy Gus
Mircea Monroe Caitlin
Donna Cherry Sarah Stevens
D. David Morin Jack Stephens
Rose Bianco Bella
Mellie Boozer Party Guest
Robert Cannon Farmhand
Caleb Chestnut Young Jason (voice)
Bill Cobbs Ted Hamilton
Tom Conder Bum in the Park
Brian F. Durkin Sarah's boyfriend
Roger W. Durrett Ruth's Lawyer
Mel Fair Jack's Lawyer
Dawn Renee Fields Girl
Michael Fraguada The Stranger / Jesus
Daley Fricks Cancer Patient
Tracy Fricks Cancer Patient
Jamie Hall Associate
Ray Hammack Man at the airport
Jeff Joslin First Class Passenger
Mark Joy Bill's lawyer
Savannah Leigh Lathan Cancer Patient
Victor Lee Dr. Allen
Catherine McGoohan Ruth
Tina Murphy Hampton Receptionist
Peggy Obrien Nurse
Tim Parati Tow Truck Driver
Brett Rice Bill Stevens
Vironica Schreiner Entourage
Chad Schuermeyer Man in office
Tonya Shuffler Associate
Brendan Sibley Girl
Christina Sibley Girl in Park
Gina Sibley Extra
Justin St. Gelais Cancer patient
Steven St. Gelais Cancer patient
David Temple Ruth's Husband
Katie Xie Entourage
Pat Yeary Park Visitor
Robert Harris Texan in airport scene (uncredited)
Russell Haynes Patient (uncredited)
Ted Johnson Banker (uncredited)
Kasey Leigh Receptionist (uncredited)
David Lowe Businessman (uncredited)
 

Plot

Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?" Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy Grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole "reading of the will" thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his Grandfather's money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls "gifts," each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the accumulation of which would change him forever.
 

Comments

This movie is one of the most powerful and moving films I have ever seen. This is a movie that I would recommend to anyone, but especially families. It has a message about a young man who has to find out there is more to life then money, that being apart of a family who loves you is the most important thing in life. Finding the ultimate gift is like finding your place in the world, what are you here for? What is your purpose? There is an incredible amount of value in this message and it is something people of all ages can learn from. The acting of Abigail Breslin is yet again incredible, I think even better then Little Miss Sunshine, she completely steals the show. Brian Dennehy is very funny, and James Garner is wonderful as well. This movie has all the aspects of a great film, sure it's no Godfather, but its still and incredible flick. In my showing of the film people where laughing and crying the whole way through, Highly recommended.
 
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