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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  18 October 1996 (USA)
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David Lewis is affected by the death of his wife Gillian, who fell from the mast pole of their boat on a sailing trip two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
David Lewis
Cindy Bayles
Kevin Dollof
Paul Wheeler
Esther Wheeler
Joey Bost
Rachel Seidman-Lockamy ...
Megan Weeks
Blonde on the Beach (as Lori New)
Danny Crook ...
Todd Haven ...


David Lewis is affected by the death of his wife Gillian, who fell from the mast pole of their boat on a sailing trip two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her ghost on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family problems crop up in the present in the real world. He neglects his teenage daughter Rachel and his in-laws come for a weekend visit to help her. Rachel has lost her mother and needs her father to snap back into the real world and help her. Written by David Stumme <>

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You're invited to Gillian's 37th birthday. There will be music in the air...castles in the sand...and someone totally unexpected at the party. See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene involving strong language, and for some sensuality and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Par amour pour Gillian  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$77,725 (USA) (18 October 1996)


$4,137,645 (USA) (13 December 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Freddie Prinze Jr.'s feature film debut. See more »


Paul Wheeler: [trying to calm his wife down] Honey... sugar...
Esther Wheeler: Stop calling me food!
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


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Written by Ken Fox
Performed by The Fleshtones
Courtesy of Ichiban Records, Inc.
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Surprisingly touching film with a great script!
27 January 1999 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

I can vaguely recall when this movie was released nationwide in 1996. The title struck me as odd and aside from the fact that I wanted to see/hear how James Horner would conduct another exceptional score, I had no desire to see the film. After recently viewing To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, I am disappointed that I didn't see it in the theater. Peter Gallagher, Claire Daines, and Bruce Altman all deliver marvelous performances. Michelle Pfieffer was a nice surprise (she's always "nice") as she plays her part to perfection! One of the best things about this film is the fact that you're not sure whether or not what you are seeing is real or whether it's just what's in David's (Gallagher) mind. Whichever way you believe, it's an amazingly touching film and at times it's even powerful. Great dialogue, great directing, and a great score from Horner (again), make this a truly GREAT film!

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