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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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Ultimate Gift, The (2006) - Michael O. Sajbel
 

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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