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Cheryl McKay (screenplay)
Jim Stovall (book)
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A life experience becomes a gift. See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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James Garner ... Howard 'Red' Stevens

Bill Cobbs ... Mr. Theophilus Hamilton

Lee Meriwether ... Miss Hastings
George Lee ... Pastor (as George Lee Masters)

Brett Rice ... Bill Stevens

D. David Morin ... Jack Stevens

Abigail Breslin ... Emily Rose

Ali Hillis ... Alexia

Drew Fuller ... Jason Stevens

Mircea Monroe ... Caitlin

Donna Cherry ... Sarah Stevens

Catherine McGoohan ... Ruth Stevens
Mark Joy ... Bill's Lawyer

Mel Fair ... Jack's Lawyer
Alecia Brady Curcuru ... Bill's Wife
Francis Isaac ... Bill's Daughter
Daniel Barbeau ... Teenager Stevens
Kenneth A. Free Jr. ... Associate #1
Tonya Shuffler ... Associate #2

Roger W. Durrett ... Ruth's Lawyer (as Roger Durrett)

David Temple ... Ruth's Husband
Eric Gilliland ... Flight Attendant

Brian Dennehy ... Gus

Michael Rosander ... Farm Worker

Tim Parati ... Tow Truck Driver

Dean Kaneshiro ... Waiter
Tammy Fontaine ... Restaurant Manager
Tom Conder ... Bum

Mike Pniewski ... Operative (as Mike Pniewski)

Elisha T. Minter ... Nurse
Victor Lee ... Dr. Allen

Brian F. Durkin ... Sarah's Boyfriend

Rose Bianco ... Bella
Michael Fraguada ... Stranger
Carla Rodriguez ... Solana
Benjamin Parra ... Village Leader
John Larrinson Londono ... Lead Bandito

Jim Stovall ... Limo Driver
Thom McKinney ... Banker #1

Rick Eldridge ... Banker #2
Pat McCrory ... Mayor (as Patrick McCrory)
Calvin Thompson ... Blind Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Noël Baker ... Mayor's Daughter (uncredited)

Cindy Barringer ... Thanksgiving Waitstaff (uncredited)

Mellie Boozer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Cannon ... Farmhand (uncredited)
Caleb Chestnut ... Young Jason (voice) (uncredited)

Lee Darnell ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
Juli Emmons ... Doctor (uncredited)
Dawn Renee Fields ... Girl #2 on Bus (uncredited)

Wendy L. Foster ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Daley Fricks ... Cancer Patient (uncredited)
Jamie Hall ... Associate (uncredited)
Ray Hammack ... Man at the Airport (uncredited)

Robert Harris ... Texan in Airport Scene (uncredited)
Russell Haynes ... Patient (uncredited)

Ted Johnson ... Banker (uncredited)

Jeff Joslin ... First Class Passenger (uncredited)
Kacey Leigh ... Receptionist (uncredited)
David Lowe ... Businessman (uncredited)

Parker Mack ... Patient (uncredited)
Cheryl McKay ... Passenger on Bus (uncredited)
Brittney McNamara ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Tina Murphy ... Hampton Receptionist (uncredited)

Angela Oberer ... Attorney (uncredited)
Peggy Obrien ... Nurse (uncredited)
Chad Schuermeyer ... Man in Office (uncredited)

Brendan Sibley ... Girl #2 in Park (uncredited)

Christina Sibley ... Girl in Park (uncredited)
Kalia Siu ... Airplane Baby (uncredited)
Logan Siu ... Boy in the Street (uncredited)

Marty Siu ... Airplane Mother with Baby (uncredited)

Justin St. Gelais ... Cancer Patient (uncredited)

Steven St. Gelais ... Cancer Patient (uncredited)

Pat Yeary ... Park Visitor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael O. Sajbel 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Cheryl McKay (screenplay)

Jim Stovall (book "The Ultimate Gift")

Produced by
Paul Brooks .... co-executive producer
Rick Eldridge .... executive producer
Rick Eldridge .... producer
Scott Fithian .... co-executive producer
Cleve Landsberg .... producer
Dave Ross .... executive producer
John Shepherd .... producer
Jim Van Eerden .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark McKenzie 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Baugh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Scott Chestnut 
 
Casting by
Mitzi Corrigan 
Beverly Holloway 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Storer 
 
Art Direction by
Linden Snyder 
 
Set Decoration by
Summer Eubanks 
Allan Linker (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
 
Makeup Department
John R. Bayless .... makeup department head (as John Bayless)
Patricia McAlhany Glasser .... additional hair stylist
Jennifer McCollom .... additional makeup artist
Rita Parillo .... hair department head
Jennifer Santiago .... key hair stylist
Duane Saylor .... additional makeup artist
Dawn Turner .... additional hair stylist
Chris Varosky .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chris Cates .... post-production supervisor
Cleve Landsberg .... unit production manager
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... production supervisor (as Stephen 'Robo' Marinaccio II)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randall Badger .... first assistant director
Kenny Chaplin .... second second assistant director (as Ken Chaplin)
Karen Estelle Collins .... second assistant director (as Karen Collins)
Michael D. Gillis .... additional second assistant director
Jules Kovisars .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Christopher Baker .... property person
Mark Baucom .... scenic painter (as Mark J. Baucom)
Daniel R. Bentley .... property master (as Dan R. Bentley)
David Keith Broome .... on set greens
Kenneth Bryant .... leadman
Jimmy L. Carmickle .... carpenter (as Jimmy L. Carmichael)
Mary Clarey .... propmaker
Richard Colwell .... charge scenic artist (as Richard L. Colwell)
Curtis Crowe .... construction coordinator
Melissa Frye .... scenic artist (as Melissa A. Frye)
Patrick Fuhrman .... swing gang
Joe Golz .... propmaker
Rachel Goodman .... set buyer
Kevin Halas .... propmaker
Joe Harper .... carpenter
Mike Hughes .... propmaker
Richard Karpinski .... on-set dresser (as Richard R. Karpinski II)
Christopher Kuder .... propmaker (as Christopher L. Kuder)
Scott A. Lawson .... swing gang
Randall Milazzo .... assistant property master (as Randall R. Milazzo)
Pat O'Connor .... swing gang
S. Randy Pelton .... propmaker
S. Randy Peterson .... propmaker
Ahart Powers III .... art department coordinator
Jeff Schaap .... props intern: Compass Academy
David Scott .... art department assistant (as David E. Scott)
Linden Snyder .... art consultant
Joey Stephens .... swing gang (as Joseph Stephens)
Frank Stone .... painter
Dot Stovall .... set decorating assistant
Thomas Tucker .... swing gang
Steven J. Vana .... general foreman (as S.J. Vana)
Nelson Werntz .... propmaker
 
Sound Department
Neal J. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (as Neal Anderson)
Roberta Bratti .... sound operations manager
Christian T. Cooke .... sound re-recording mixer (as Chris Cooke)
Christopher Lamar Edmonds .... sound utility
Paul Maraio .... sound designer
Marshall McGee .... boom operator
Brian McPherson .... sound editor
Rick Morris .... sound editor
Jason Perreira .... re-recording assistant
Steven R. Smith .... sound mixer
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
Genoveva Jordan Winsen .... sound recordist (as Jordan Winsen)
 
Special Effects by
Ray Bivins .... special effects coordinator
Grady Brown .... special effects technician
Tony Cooke .... special effects assistant
John Elmore .... special effects technician
Alan McCaslin .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Artin Aryaei .... digital compositor: Optix Digital Pictures
Keith Cooper .... 3D artist: Optix Digital Pictures
Laurence Cymet .... digital compositor: Optix Digital Pictures
Mohammad Ghorbankarimi .... visual effects supervisor: Optix Digital Pictures
Richard Gouge .... technical director: The Film Foundry
George Levai .... visual effects creative advisor: Optix Digital Pictures
Stephanie Liberi .... visual effects executive producer: Optix Digital Pictures
Kelly T. Peters .... animation advisor: The Film Foundry (as Kelly Peters)
Ahart Powers III .... visual effects artist: The Film Foundry
Leonardo Silva .... lead 3D artist: Optix Digital Pictures
Alex Smith .... lead visual effects artist: The Film Foundry
Michael Stieber .... technical director: The Film Foundry
Matthew Tardiff .... 3D animator: The Film Foundry
Rex M. Teese .... visual effects coordinator
Motassem Younes .... digital opticals
 
Stunts
Mackenzie Badger .... stunts
Robert Brubaker .... stunts (as Robert Kurt Brubaker)
Monty Cox .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Zachary Atkinson .... grip (as Zachary B. Atkinson)
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
William J. Burt .... grip
Keith Cutler .... grip
Anthony L. Daniels .... lighting technician
Alfonso Diaz .... first assistant camera: Puerto Rico plate unit (as Alphonso Diaz)
Michelle Hemion Griffis .... second assistant camera (as Michelle Hemion)
Randal Grimm .... best boy rigging grip
Christian Grosselfinger .... chief lighting technician
Michael Gulbin .... key grip
Mitch Gulbin .... dolly grip (as Mitchell Gulbin)
Herb Harton .... first assistant camera (as F. Herb Harton)
Kevin Huver .... second assistant camera
Nathaniel Kendrick Jr. .... assistant chief lighting technician
Scott Kirkpatrick .... electrician
David Knudson .... grip (as David A. Knudson)
Jon Ladd .... grip
Chase Livengood .... lighting technician
Sean Macomber .... grip
Jamie A. Marlowe .... camera operator
Devin McEnnerney .... camera loader (as Devin McEnnerny)
Josh Mokma .... camera intern: Compass Academy
Timothy Oates .... video assist operator (as Tim Oates)
Meiklejohn Pate .... grip (as Meiklejohn 'Emjay' Pate)
Doug Robinson .... lighting technician
Timothy Stephens .... generator operator
Somsy Vejsiri .... lighting technician
Charles B. Walker .... lighting technician (as Charles Walker)
Santana Wilkinson .... grip
Steve Zimmerman .... grip
Mark Copeland .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
David Lee Felter .... grip (uncredited)
Dan Jones .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Wallace .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark Walpole .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mitzi Corrigan .... casting: North Carolina
Elizabeth Cox .... casting intern
Paige Johnson .... casting: North Carolina
Tonya Shuffler .... extras casting
Shauntelle Sposto .... casting assistant
Gigi Waflak .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Ceo .... costume supervisor
A. Maxine Martin .... costumer (as Maxine Martin)
Julia Rusthoven .... set costumer (as Julia Faith Rusthoven)
Adrienne C. Stocker .... costume assistant
J. Brad Watson .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Tom Engleman .... digital intermediate colorist (as Tom Engelmann)
Vaton Hadley .... post-production
Nick Iannelli .... digital intermediate manager
Diane LeDesma .... colorist
Chris MacKenzie .... on-line editor (as Chris McKenzie)
Jonathan Olive .... editorial consultant (as Jon Olive)
Rex M. Teese .... assistant editor
Dave Muscat .... assistant digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Kirsten Short .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Royce Smith .... co-color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Will Howard .... music editor: Needledrop
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Gerry Sackman .... music editor
Anthony Short .... composer: additional score
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Greg Hayes .... score recordist (uncredited)
David Sabee .... music contractor (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Johnny Broome Jr. .... driver
Jack R. Campbell .... transportation captain (as Jack Campbell)
Dale Combs .... driver
Larry L. Cordell .... driver
C. Benny Dietz .... driver
Gordon Cordell Fewick Jr. .... driver
Bob Foster .... driver
Dewey Graham .... transportation captain
Perry Hickman .... driver (as Perry R. Hickman)
Larry Jones .... driver (as Larry B. Jones)
Jerry McMullan .... transportation co-captain (as Jerry McMullen)
Andrew Neal Miller .... driver
Jaime Norris .... driver
Michael O'Brien .... driver
Carl J. Parillo .... driver
Michael Pfister .... driver
Randall Pickett .... driver (as Randy Pickett)
Gary W. Rice .... driver
Timothy Stephens .... genny operator
Phillip Tourville .... driver
Tim J. Walters .... picture car coordinator (as Tim Walters)
Wayne Williams .... transportation coordinator
David M. Wood Jr. .... driver
Kim Smallwood .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dave Anderson .... script consultant
Dave Anderson .... story consultant
Mackenzie Badger .... production assistant
Richard S. Bellina .... first aid
Ralph Boral .... finance operations
Brent Bradford .... first aid
Susan W. Bradley .... key set production assistant
Ashley Bryan .... office production assistant
Anthony Cam .... clerk (as Tony Cam)
Evelyn Chafin .... production assistant
Sylvie Chesneau .... script supervisor (additional photography)
Scott Clackum .... location manager
Rose Cox .... craft service
Louis De Moura .... representative: Puerto Rico Film Office, Puerto Rico plate unit (as Luis DeMoura)
Rachel Dik .... production intern: Compass Academy
Rick Fisher .... location manager
Jennifer D. Fodor .... electronic press kit crew (as Jennifer Fodor)
Jennifer D. Fodor .... office production assistant (as Jennifer Fodor)
Minnie Freeman .... catering assistant: Creative Catering
Lamont Geddy .... catering assistant: Creative Catering
Robin Grey .... production attorney
Douglas Hickin .... first aid
Eric Johnson .... electronic press kit crew
Stuart Krempin .... key office production assistant
Cort Langeland .... script consultant
Cort Langeland .... story consultant
Jeff Leidersdorff .... set production assistant
Karen Lever .... first aid
Eric Machiela .... electronic press kit crew
Kelley Mack .... stand in/double
Andre McFarland .... catering assistant: Creative Catering
Corey McFarland .... chef: Creative Catering
Jonilyn McGrath .... assistant accountant
Benjamin McGuire .... technical supporter
Rita M. Morgan .... first aid
Kelly Morrison .... special assistant: Mr. Stovall
Meghan Nash .... electronic press kit producer
Janice Pagan .... coordinator: Fajardo Airport, Puerto Rico plate unit
Adam Paroo .... assistant location manager
Richard Pickard .... first aid
Anthony Ross .... catering assistant: Creative Catering
Sydney Salyer .... coordinator: Caribbean National Forest, Puerto Rico plate unit
Cha Sears-Barfield .... office production assistant
Rusty Sheridan .... set production assistant
Kirsten Short .... assistant: Mr.Eldridge
Seve Spracklen .... production accountant
Patricia Story .... publicist (as Pat Story)
Marcus Taylor .... catering assistant: Creative Catering
Diane Tennyson .... key set production assistant
Mark S. Thomas .... script supervisor
Ryen W. Thomas .... set production assistant
Donna Van Eerden .... special assistant: Life(n Media)
Richard Van Eerden .... special assistant: Life(n Media)
Kristen Vincent .... travel coordinator
Amanda Ward .... set production assistant
Charlie Watson .... craft service assistant
Lindsay Watson .... assistant: Mr. Sajbel
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Catherine Cornwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Katie Covell .... production office manager (uncredited)
Dawn Renee Fields .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ted Johnson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mark Joseph .... marketing (uncredited)
Laura Kobzeff .... marketing assistant (uncredited)
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... production coordinator (uncredited)
George Peroulas .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jim Schmidt .... development contributor (uncredited)
Joan Schuermeyer .... stand-in: Lee Meriwether (uncredited)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Stephanie Siemiller .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Chris Walters .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Caleb Chestnut .... thanks
Randall Stevens .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language
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Trivia:
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 »
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Continuity: After the Thanksgiving dinner, when Jason gets up to leave, Jason's mother chases after him. Her placement during the scene changes between camera angles.See more »
Quotes:
Jason Stevens:Hello Emily, I missed you.
Emily:Whatever. Let's cut to the chase. You really blew it this Christmas
Jason Stevens:I'm sorry. I was held up.
Emily:Okay yea, well I want Christmas. i want to ride a horse.
Jason Stevens:A horse? Um... I've got a week or two left of this other thing but then i'll make a call and...
Emily:Jason, NOW!
Jason Stevens:Okay.
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74 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
Wow, 12 March 2007
Author: FilmCritic1 from United States

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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