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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
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Paul Wheeler
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Megan Weeks
Blonde on the Beach (as Lori New)
Danny Crook ...
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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 <>

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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 »


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


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the movie is based on the play
10 April 2004 | by (Vinton, VA) – See all my reviews

Michael Brady wrote this play, and David Kelley wrote the script for the movie. The original poster of comments went on and on about David Kelley's "weak writing" but we must remember that it is a play, Broadway Play Publishers owns the rights. What is a wonderful play does not trancend to the screen with all the warm fuzziness the script calls for. While you are able to put in on Nantucket and you get the scene feel, it needs to be seen live. The casting is marvelous, and worth it to see Peter Gallagher play someone very lost, and the music could have been more haunting. All in all if you want to see it, do. It's a good story and an ok movie, but if a local theatre is doing Gillian, do go see it. It's better as a play.

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