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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... David Lewis
... Gillian Lewis
... Rachel Lewis
... Cindy Bayles
... Kevin Dollof
... Paul Wheeler
... Esther Wheeler
... Joey Bost
Rachel Seidman-Lockamy ... Megan Weeks
... Blonde on the Beach (as Lori New)
Danny Crook ... Lifeguard
... Danny
Todd Haven ... Paramedic
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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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Rated PG-13 for a scene involving strong language, and for some sensuality and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Par amour pour Gillian  »

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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

David Lewis: Don't you think it is a little insensitive fixing me up on her birthday?
Paul Wheeler: Gillian has no more birthdays.
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Connections

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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Excellent, Unusual Movie for Deep People NOT Action JUNKIES
21 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite movies ever. I watched it once and was curiously confused by the twists and uncertainties in the plot. Then I watched it again and I cried more than I have ever cried in my life. I quietly bawled, tears flowing, through the entire movie. I have recommended it to many people as a great movie, but I don't know of anyone who has seen it. I think I will go look online and see if I can buy it. It is deep, deep, deep, especially for people with mental illness in their family, or let's say emotional illness in our society. Powerful lessons are taught about love and caring for our children. People need lessons on how to love, value, and treat each other selflessly. Most of us spend so much energy, research and resources on technological and financial advancement and so little on human concerns and relationship development. Commentators are complaining that the husband is fantasizing about an idealized wife, but we actually don't have to settle for poor quality relationships. We can learn to value, nurture, support each other and be real.


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