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The Ultimate Gift (2006)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  9 March 2007 (USA)
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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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A life experience becomes a gift. See more »


Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

12 podmienok dedicstva  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


One of the five production companies credited for this film is Stanford Financial Group, the holding company for convicted Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford. This was one of only two known films ever credited to Stanford Financial Group (the other was The Perfect Game (2009)), which was liquidated by the US Government in an effort to partially refund bilked investors. See more »


When Mr. Hamilton is showing Jason the envelope with the red seal on it, the envelope switches from Mr. Hamilton's hand to Jason's hand without Mr. Hamilton handing it to Jason. See more »


Emily: So, you have a bet with a dead guy?
Jason Stevens: Mm-hm.
Emily: Cool.
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References Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater (1987) See more »


Simple Gifts
Shaker Hymn
Adapted and Arranged by Aaron Copland
Performed by The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Courtesy of Delos International
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Excellent/Moving Film
24 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was incredible! I saw it at a special screening for State Officers for the National FFA Organization and the movie was amazing!

I wont go too in-depth in the plot (read the summary), but each gift that Jason received in the movie is very moving and powerful. It teaches value of so many important things such as giving, money, The movie is also really funny and works well with all audiences.

laughter and love.

Honestly in the audience were farm girls to city boys and action lovers to romantic junkies, and we were from all areas of the country - everyone loved it! This movie had everyone laughing and most people even crying (yeah, i don't cry and it got a tear or two).

If you liked Coach Carter, Remember the Titans, Cars, Miracle, or the Lake House you'll like this movie. Because all the movies won the Heart Land: Truly Moving Picture award.

You've got to see this movie!

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