The Ultimate Gift (2006)

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A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Lee ...
Pastor (as George Lee Masters)
Jack Stevens
Sarah Stevens
Bill's Lawyer
Jack's Lawyer
Alecia Brady Curcuru ...
Bill's Wife


Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?" Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy Grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole "reading of the will" thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his Grandfather's money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls "gifts," each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the ... Written by Sajbel, Michael O.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA)  »

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12 podmienok dedicstva  »

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$1,241,079 (USA) (9 March 2007)


$3,420,871 (USA) (11 May 2007)

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Author Jim Stovall makes a cameo appearance in the move as a limousine driver. The interesting thing about this is that Jim Stovall is blind. See more »


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Red Stevens: How can I give you something and not have it ruin you like your uncles and aunts... even some of their kids? So, I wanna give you a gift - a series of gifts, leading up to... well, I wanna call it "the ultimate gift;" but, you fail in any way, it's over. You get nothing. And everything you do must be to Mr. Hamilton's satisfaction. You might wanna make friends with him sooner than later.
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References Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater (1987) See more »


Written by Kelly Morrison
Performed by Ed Goggin
Courtesy of Kelly Morrison Music
Arranged by Rob Pottorf & Jon Miller Whitney (as John Miller Whitney)
Produced by Rob Pottorf
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One of the most heart warming gripping movies I've ever seen
12 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story is about a rich, arrogant, spoiled nephew who is a potential beneficiary of his billionaire uncle's estate. Jason Stevens hasn't worked a day in his life and just expects to have life fed to him a a silver platter.

But, he finds that in order to to collect his inheritance he will need to successfully complete 12 monthly 'assignments' leading to what his uncle calls the "Ultimate Gift." The journey that Jason takes will surely make this one of the most heart warming and memorable films you will ever see. My 13 year old son was almost in tears while watching this. It's a movie for young and old alike.

Touching performances by Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and other seasoned actors such as Drew Fuller, James Garner, Brian Dennehy, and Lee Merriwether will hopefully take this movie to the Oscars!

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