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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 »

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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 »

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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

Gillian: One more night like it used to be.
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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 »

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

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Heartbeat Crazy
Written by Lori Carson, Camus Celli and Andres Levin
Performed by Reneé Cologne
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Where are the spice girls when you need them?
4 August 1998 | by cuzSee all my reviews

There's a pivotal scene in this movie in which a sexy teenager tries to seduce an older, family friend. She says he's the type who always looks but never acts on his impulses. She's right, because he refuses her advances. Too bad. This movie needed some excitement. The characters are so whiny, so self-absorbed that you just want to slap them and say, "get over it." The main character is a widowed man, played by Peter Gallagher. His wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) died in a boating accident, but she appears to him on the beach. Can you say, "Ghost"? Unfortunately, there's no Whoopi Golberg to provide comic relief. There's no whoopi at all. There is Claire Danes. I love Claire. She's going to win a few Oscars over her career, but not if she keeps picking weepy stories like this one. Claire also walks along the beach in a thong bikini, and I'd like to thank her, and the producers for those moments. I think that's why the slo-mo button was invented for VCRs. That's it for the spice. Then everyone starts whining again, and you start checking your watch to see how much longer you have to endure these annoying people.


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