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The Ultimate Gift (2006)

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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George Lee ...
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Jack Stevens
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Ruth Stevens
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Bill's Lawyer
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Jack's Lawyer
Alecia Brady Curcuru ...
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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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A life experience becomes a gift. See more »

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Drama | Family | Romance

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

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9 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

12 podmienok dedicstva  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,241,079, 11 March 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,438,735
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The mayor who performs the groundbreaking ceremony of Emily's Home is actually the mayor of Charlotte, Patrick McCrory. See more »

Goofs

During the end of the movie when Mr Hamilton is looking out the window you can see a reflection of the sound microphone in the glass door. See more »

Quotes

Red Stevens: What I could not accomplish in life I have done in death. As long as you're still alive, I will be, too.
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Connections

Referenced in The Hour: In Pakistan (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Breathe Me
Performed by Dan Carey and Sia
Courtesy of Astralwerks
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Wow
12 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

I gave "The Ultimate Gift" a 9 out of 10, which is an unusually high rank for me, but I can't describe enough how pleasantly surprised I was with this effort. Knowing as I went into the film that it was a "Christian" story, I had placed a lower ceiling on my expectations. Not that being "Christian" means that a movie has to be bad - it just usually seems to be the case. Not so much here, however. There were just three or four times where I felt my muscles tighten up as I mentally prepared for emotional cheese, but to my delight, they managed to pull out of it every time without leaving my intelligence insulted. It was a fun and cute story with believable characters, and strong performances all around. It was clean enough that you could take the whole family to see it, yet interesting enough that the parents will not only stay awake, but you'll actually find yourself caught up in a sweet, and sometimes tear-jerking story about redemption, and the pursuit of true joy. Christian-themed films have come a long way, and I look forward to what the future holds as they continue to get better. At this point, it's safe to say that "The Ultimate Gift" is among the best in Christian films on the market today. Definitely worth checking out.


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