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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

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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David Lewis
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Cindy Bayles
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Kevin Dollof
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Paul Wheeler
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Esther Wheeler
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Joey Bost
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Megan Weeks
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Blonde on the Beach (as Lori New)
Danny Crook ...
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Danny
Todd Haven ...
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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 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 <dstumme@rochester.rr.com>

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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 »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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

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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Par amour pour Gillian  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Quotes

David Lewis: Don't you think it is a little insensitive fixing me up on her birthday?
Paul Wheeler: Gillian has no more birthdays.
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Connections

Referenced in Frasier: Sharing Kirby (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Faithful
Written by Jeff Pescetto and Cleto Escobedo
Performed by Cleto Escobedo
Courtesy of Captive Records/Virgin Records America, Inc.
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works much better as a play
19 November 2004 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

I watched this film a number of years ago. And how could I resist? This is the film version of the play I directed at the Walla Walla Little Theater for my senior project in theater back in 1990.

Suffice to say, this movie really does away with the cozy script and the well-rounded characters to present something much more "TV-slick" and less than emotionally satisfying. Virtually no character is the same, and many have been given personality lobotomies for no apparent reason.

If you get a chance to see "Gillian" at your local theater, go. It's works well in a more intimate, live setting. Here, the changed story is so much wasted potential.


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