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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,137,645, 15 December 1996
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

David: [To Rachel] You're drunk!
[To Joey]
David: She's drunk.
Joey: They were big cups.
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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 The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartbeat Crazy
Written by Lori Carson, Camus Celli and Andres Levin
Performed by Reneé Cologne
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Wonderful performances! Too bad about the writing.
27 October 2001 | by rhynieguySee all my reviews

To Gillian is a movie that defines the word uneven. The casting and performances were perfect, but not enough to save the writing. Overall, it wasn't bad, but then again, the fact that it was overlooked at awards shows wasn't about politics (this time). The only thing that makes this movie worthwhile (and yes, it is worthwhile) is Claire Danes. She plays the part of angst-filled, emotion-driven, hormone/peer-influenced teenager to perfection. Also, Michelle Pfeiffer is very good, but unfortunately only for ten minutes. Peter Gallagher was more than adequate, as was the supporting cast. The main problem was that they had no on-screen chemistry, which is often reflective of the writing and/or directing.

David Fincher wrote this one. He should stick to TV. Overall, this film is better than should be expected from a team whose credits include Lake Placid (Fincher) and Ninja Turtles 2 (Pressman-director).


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