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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday -- Undying love collides with real life in this unforgettable romance starring Peter Gallagher, ClaireDanes and Michelle Pfeiffer.


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Writers (WGA):
Michael Brady (play)
David E. Kelley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 1996 (USA) See more »
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 »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Gallagher ... David Lewis

Michelle Pfeiffer ... Gillian Lewis

Claire Danes ... Rachel Lewis

Laurie Fortier ... Cindy Bayles

Wendy Crewson ... Kevin Dollof

Bruce Altman ... Paul Wheeler

Kathy Baker ... Esther Wheeler

Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Joey Bost
Rachel Seidman-Lockamy ... Megan Weeks

Lorielle New ... Blonde on the Beach (as Lori New)
Danny Crook ... Lifeguard

Seth Green ... Danny
Todd Haven ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Mosher ... Lifeguard (uncredited)
J Schaefer ... Beach voter (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Pressman 
Writing credits
Michael Brady (play)

David E. Kelley (screenplay)

Produced by
David E. Kelley .... producer
Terry Morse Jr. .... co-producer (as Terry Morse)
Marykay Powell .... producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt 
Film Editing by
William S. Scharf  (as William Scharf)
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Linda Pearl 
Art Direction by
Michael Atwell 
Set Decoration by
Linda Pearl 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott  (as Deborah L. Scott)
Makeup Department
Rebecca Alling .... assistant makeup artist: Los Angeles
John R. Bayless .... key makeup artist
Judith H. Bickerton .... assistant hair stylist (as Judith Bickerton)
Allen Dangeino .... hair stylist: Ms. Pfeiffer, Los Angeles
Bonita DeHaven .... makeup artist: Ms. Pfeiffer
Mary Hedges Lampert .... key hair stylist (as Mary Lambert)
Sara Seidman .... assistant makeup artist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Ms. Pfeiffer, Los Angeles (as Ronnie Spector)
Julie M. Woods .... assistant hair stylist: Los Angeles
Production Management
David Dwiggins .... unit production manager: Los Angeles
David Blake Hartley .... unit production manager
Bob Shapiro .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Ascher .... DGA trainee: Los Angeles
Christine Larson .... first assistant director
David Larson .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Stephanie P. O'Brien .... second second assistant director (as Stephanie O'Brien)
Michele Ziegler .... second assistant director (as Michelle Ziegler)
Art Department
Chris Barnes .... lead scenic artist: Los Angeles
Kip Bartlett .... on-set dresser
Jeff Cahill .... painter: Los Angeles
Chris Dambra .... set dresser
Tim Eckel .... set designer
Patrick Fulton .... painter
George W. Harding III .... set dresser (as George Harding III)
Vernon Harrell .... assistant property master
Bruce Harris .... carpenter
Lawrence Heyman .... set dresser: Nantucket (as Larry Heyman)
Wendy Jerde .... construction assistant
Philip Kelly .... carpenter
Philip Kelly .... laborer
William Lakoff .... assistant property master: Los Angeles
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur .... property master (as Tantar LeViseur)
Doug Mackenzie .... greensman (as Doug McKenzie)
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Larry McCauley .... sculptor (as Larry McAuley)
Andrew Menzies .... set designer
Len Morganti .... storyboard artist
Paul Oliver .... lead scenic artist
Stephen C. Peterman .... lead man
Mark Peters .... construction foreman
Richard Pipkin .... carpenter
Chris Scher .... construction accountant
Ramsey Smith .... construction foreman
Cynthia Stegner .... art department coordinator
Ken Turik .... lead man: Los Angeles
Eddie Uteley .... laborer
Christine Wick .... buyer
Randy Kenan .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Bartoli .... sound re-recordist
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Laverne Dewberry .... adr recordist
Serge Djang .... foley artist
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Steve Hollenbeck .... sound editor
William Hopper .... sound editor
Mark Johnston .... sound re-recordist
David Kirschner .... sound mixer
Olof Källström .... sound editor (as Olof Kallstrom)
Edmund J. Lachmann .... sound editor (as Edmund J. Lachman)
John Levy .... cable person: Nantucket
Dessie Markovsky .... sound designer
Dessie Markovsky .... supervising sound editor
Russell McAbee .... cable person: Los Angeles
Marshall McGee .... cable person
T.A. Moore Jr. .... foley artist (as Tom A. Moore)
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound effects (as Tom A. Moore)
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tom A. Moore)
Jack M. Nietzsche Jr. .... boom operator
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Emile Razpopov .... sound designer
Emile Razpopov .... supervising sound editor
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Brent D. Winter .... sound editor (as Brent Winter)
Reid A. Woodbury Jr. .... dialogue editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
William Schlueter .... sound editor (uncredited)
Xavier Sol .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Shirley Montefusco .... special effects project coordinator
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects coordinator
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects supervisor
Beecher Tomlinson .... special effects: L.A. unit
Brett Newkirk .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Hook .... model builder
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Anagnos .... stunts (as William Anagnos)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Patricia M. Peters .... stunts
Darlene Ava Williams .... stunt double: Claire Danes
Camera and Electrical Department
Mikki Ansin .... still photographer: Nantucket
Ryan Bartsch .... grip
Thomas Benecki .... grip
Logan R. Berkshire .... key grip (as Logan Berkshire)
Richard M. Butkus Jr. .... electrician: Los Angeles
Tom Cherry .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Loren Corl .... key grip: Los Angeles
Andreas Crawford .... best boy grip: Los Angeles (as Andy Crawford)
Mark Davison .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Henry E. Ezzell III .... best boy grip (as Henry Ezzell)
Paul V. Ferrazzi .... assistant camera (as Paul Ferrazzi)
Bob Field .... chief lighting technician
Stephen Girouard .... grip: Nantucket (as Steven Girouard)
Rufus Granger Jr. .... dolly grip
Chip Hackler .... camera operator
Gerald D. Hatchell .... grip (as Gerald Hatchell)
Billy Hendricks .... best boy electric
Loren Hillebrand .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Adam Hinson .... electrician
Ken Hudson .... assistant camera
Dan Jones .... electrician
Eric Komar .... grip: Nantucket
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Jamie Lagerhausen .... grip: Los Angeles
Dickinson H. Luke .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Dickie Luke)
John R. Manocchia .... best boy electrical: Los Angeles (as John Manocchia)
Jerry L. Marshall .... best boy grip: Los Angeles (as Jerry Marshall)
Scott McGeo .... grip: Los Angeles
Jeff McGrath .... electrician: Los Angeles
Jack McPhee .... electrician: Nantucket
Jeff Moore .... camera operator
Terry O'Brien .... grip: Los Angeles (as Terrance O'Brien)
Cristiano Palermi .... electrician (as Christiano V. Palermi)
Brennan Price .... electrician: Los Angeles
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator: Nantucket
Tim Rook .... grip
Patrick Ruth .... electrician: Nantucket
Chris Silano .... Steadicam focus puller: Nantucket
Adam Richard Sklena .... additional first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Adam Sklena)
Derek Smith .... camera loader
Robert J. Studenny .... grip: Los Angeles
Michael Tackett .... still photographer
Steve Tiborcz .... camera loader: Los Angeles
Mark Volpe .... grip: Los Angeles
Frans Wetterings III .... electrician: Nantucket
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Regan Forman .... extras casting
Raquel Osborne .... extras casting: Nantucket
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margaret Codola .... wardrobe assistant: Nantucket
Lisa A. Doyle .... costumer (as Lisa Doyle)
Leigh Leverett .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Morrison .... costumer: Ms. Pfeiffer
Deborah Newhall .... set costumer: Nantucket
Lahly Poore .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Susan Chernus .... first assistant editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Liza McDonald .... first assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music coordinator
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Pilar McCurry .... music supervisor
Sean Murphy .... music recordist
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Manish Raval .... music coordinator
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Carnes .... transportation captain: Nantucket
Neil Castles Jr. .... driver
Neil Castles Sr. .... driver
Ty Church .... transportation captain
Robert Defonte .... driver: Ms. Pfeiffer (as Bob Defonte)
Cody Frost .... driver
Jimmy Humphreys .... driver
Neil Hyman .... transportation coordinator
Jimmy Jones .... transportation captain: Los Angeles (as James Jones)
Arthur H. Meyer .... driver
Michael J. Mulvaney .... driver (as Michael Mulvaney)
James 'Obee' Oberman .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Other crew
Amy Alson .... studio teacher
Beth Bargas .... assistant production office coordinator
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Alan Blunt .... effects crew
Roseann M. Bonora-Keris .... associate: David E. Kelley
Lori Bridwell .... production officer coordinator: Los Angeles
Robert Brooke .... medic
Matt Brown .... production assistant: Nantucket
Nicole Carrasco .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Jim Cashman .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Monica Castellanos .... set production assistant
Sherry Clements .... craft service
Will Conroy .... assistant location manager: Nantucket
Jimmey Donchey .... script coordinator: Los Angeles
Alexander Dorsey .... marine coordinator (as Alex Dorsey)
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
David Grober .... marine coordinator
Michael E. Jacobson .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Andree Juviler .... location manager: Los Angeles
Amber Nicole Kahler .... assistant production office coordinator: Los Angeles
Marie Kouf .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Steve Lonano .... production assistant (as Stephen Lonano)
Lexie Longstreet .... script supervisor
Carl Mastromarino .... production accountant: Nantucket
Oliver McCann .... effects crew
Douglas Meyer .... chef
Mary Weisgerber Meyer .... location manager
Jodie Milks .... craft service: Los Angeles
Jeff Morse .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Heather Munday .... production assistant
Gillian Nelson .... production assistant: Nantucket
Tina Panella-Hart .... adr loop group
Carole Peterman .... production office coordinator (as Carole J. Sanders)
Nancy Rhee .... associate to michael pressman
Lisa G. Shillingburg .... assistant accountant
Alison Slater .... production accountant: Los Angeles (as Allison 'Cat' Slater)
Mary K. Smith .... assistant accountant: Los Angeles
Lincoln Stalmaster .... location scout: Los Angeles
Tia Stine .... production assistant
Sara Suskin .... production assistant
Keith Suzuki .... effects crew
Goldie Teigland .... medic: Los Angeles
Matt Thurber .... production assistant: Nantucket
Cory Van Dyke .... associate to Marykay Powell
John Burton West .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Lisa Wilkinson .... production secretary
Mark Williamson .... medic
Pamela Williamson .... production accountant
Damien Wolf .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Damien)
Clyde D. Baisey .... craft service (uncredited)
Kimberly Edwards .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Bass Hampton .... location assistant (uncredited)
Kelly King .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
George Whitley .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for a scene involving strong language, and for some sensuality and teen drinking (edited for re-rating)
93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (video premiere) | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating)

Did You Know?

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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Holiday (2006)See more »
Some Kind Of WonderfulSee more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Not Kelley's best writing, 13 June 2000
Author: dave fitz ( from somerset, nj

David E. Kelley is a brilliant writer. The early episodes of Picket Fences & Chicago Hope, the later episodes of L.A. Law and just about every Practice & Ally McBeal ever made are examples of his great talent. The only problem he has is trying to convert that TV magic to the big screen. His movie scripts are enjoyable, but lack the energy and excitement of his great TV writing.

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday deals with a man (Peter Gallagher) who loved his wife so much, he just can't let her go. The wife's ghost seems to appear to him on the beach and he spends hours talking to her while neglecting their teenaged daughter (Claire Danes). The dead wife is Michelle Pfieffer, the best-looking ghost I've ever seen in a movie! The tension between father and daughter grows and the arrival of Gillian's sister (Kathy Baker from Picket Fences) and her husband makes things even more tense.

This movie has a good cast who all give strong performances and there is a memorable scene with Claire Danes and Laurie Fortier in thong bikinis, but the movie is hurt by Kelley's weak script, which is not up to the level of quality we've come to expect from him.

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