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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

David Lewis is affected by the death of his wife Gillian, who fell from the mast pole of their boat on a sailing trip two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Pressman

Writers:

Michael Brady (play), David E. Kelley (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Gallagher ... David Lewis
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Gillian Lewis
Claire Danes ... Rachel Lewis
Laurie Fortier ... Cindy Bayles
Wendy Crewson ... Kevin Dollof
Bruce Altman ... Paul Wheeler
Kathy Baker ... Esther Wheeler
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Joey Bost
Rachel Seidman-Lockamy Rachel Seidman-Lockamy ... Megan Weeks
Lorielle New ... Blonde on the Beach (as Lori New)
Danny Crook Danny Crook ... Lifeguard
Seth Green ... Danny
Todd Haven Todd Haven ... Paramedic
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Storyline

David Lewis is affected by the death of his wife Gillian, who fell from the mast pole of their boat on a sailing trip two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her ghost on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family problems crop up in the present in the real world. He neglects his teenage daughter Rachel and his in-laws come for a weekend visit to help her. Rachel has lost her mother and needs her father to snap back into the real world and help her. Written by David Stumme <dstumme@rochester.rr.com>

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You're invited to Gillian's 37th birthday. There will be music in the air...castles in the sand...and someone totally unexpected at the party. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene involving strong language, and for some sensuality and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Par amour pour Gillian See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,725, 20 October 1996

Gross USA:

$4,189,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,189,233
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Sound Mix:

SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Freddie Prinze Jr. 's feature film debut. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Dollof: [walking on beach at night] Imagine him losing his daughter for taking long walks on the beach.
Esther: It isn't just that.
Kevin Dollof: [stops] Then what is it? Is there something else you're not telling me?
Esther: No.
Kevin Dollof: Then I don't see his crime.
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Alternate Versions

A beach scene was re-shot with Clare Danes in a much less revealing thong bikini. The safer version can still be found on some prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Frasier: Sharing Kirby (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is How We Do It
Written by Montell Jordan, Slick Rick and Oji Pierce
Performed by Montell Jordan
Courtesy of Rusb Associated Labels Recordings
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of 'Childrens Story'
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works much better as a play
19 November 2004 | by Allen-31See all my reviews

I watched this film a number of years ago. And how could I resist? This is the film version of the play I directed at the Walla Walla Little Theater for my senior project in theater back in 1990.

Suffice to say, this movie really does away with the cozy script and the well-rounded characters to present something much more "TV-slick" and less than emotionally satisfying. Virtually no character is the same, and many have been given personality lobotomies for no apparent reason.

If you get a chance to see "Gillian" at your local theater, go. It's works well in a more intimate, live setting. Here, the changed story is so much wasted potential.


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