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The Gift (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  19 January 2001 (USA)
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A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.


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When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancée, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. Written by FilmFanUK

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It was the perfect crime... Except someone saw it all See more »

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Rated R for violence, language, and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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19 January 2001 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,827 (USA) (29 December 2000)


$13,139,364 (Europe) (31 August 2001)

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The first UK radio spot incorrectly states the film is rated certificate 15. It was rated 18 when released theatrically which is evidenced by the other 2 radio spots and all 3 UK TV spots. These are available on the 2001 UK DVD release. See more »


When meeting Wayne to talk about her son, Annie is wearing blue and white stripes. Later that day she stops by the auto shop to have Buddy look at her broken car door and is wearing pink. Later still that day, she's back to the blue and white. See more »


[first lines]
Annie: Oh, thank you for the peaches.
Tommy Lee Ballard: Yes, ma'am.
Annie: So how you been?
Tommy Lee Ballard: Oh, pretty good, I reckon.
Annie: You had a health problem since I saw you last?
Tommy Lee Ballard: Ma'am?
Annie: Have you been sick.
Tommy Lee Ballard: Back's been hurting a little.
Annie: No, no, it's not your back. You been bleeding somewhere?
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Referenced in Holliston: Weekend of Horrors: Part 1 (2012) See more »


By Lucky Lawrence
Performed by The Souvenirs
Courtesy of WILL Records
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Very predictable and shallow
19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

A young woman gets killed in a small town, and Annie Wilson, a widowed mother of three boys, is the only one who can help to find the killer by using her "gift", an ability to see and foresee things supernaturally.

The film starts out fine, introducing the characters one by one, and aptly creating the atmosphere of a typical southern urban town. But somewhere in the course of the story, the film seems to lose its pace. Annie has dreams and visions of the murdered woman's corpse and whereabouts, which are supposedly meant to be shocking and frightening, but most of the time they are just silly and annoying. Hilary Swank is utterly bad and unwatchable in a very passive and uninteresting role, you wonder why she agreed to play such a character after her Oscar win that year. And the last third is so unbearably predictable, it's completely unbelievable, that Annie does not realize the situation, especially when she is assumed to have that special gift. Really stupid! And very, very shallow and superficial.

If it was not for Cate Blanchett's engaging performance, I would give this movie a much lower rating than 5 out of 10.

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