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The Ultimate Gift (2006)

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A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

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Michael O. Sajbel

Writers:

Cheryl McKay (screenplay), Jim Stovall (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Howard 'Red' Stevens
Bill Cobbs ... Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
Lee Meriwether ... Miss Hastings
George Lee 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 Catherine McGoohan ... Ruth Stevens
Mark Joy Mark Joy ... Bill's Lawyer
Mel Fair ... Jack's Lawyer
Alecia Brady Curcuru Alecia Brady Curcuru ... Bill's Wife
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Storyline

Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?" Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy Grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole "reading of the will" thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his Grandfather's money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls "gifts," each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the ... Written by Sajbel, Michael O.

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Some things are worth more than money. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

12 podmienok dedicstva See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,200,000, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$3,438,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,438,735
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Garner (Red Stevens) claimed that "The Ultimate Gift" would be his final film. Ultimately, Garner has appeared in the credits for five more films since "Gift". See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Emily is holding the umbrella, her hand keeps changing from the handle to the metal rod. See more »

Quotes

Red Stevens: How can I give you something and not have it ruin you like your uncles and aunts... even some of their kids? So, I wanna give you a gift - a series of gifts, leading up to... well, I wanna call it "the ultimate gift;" but, you fail in any way, it's over. You get nothing. And everything you do must be to Mr. Hamilton's satisfaction. You might wanna make friends with him sooner than later.
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Followed by The Ultimate Life (2013) See more »

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The Thirteenth Gift: The gift of entertainment
20 July 2007 | by butterflyswestSee all my reviews

I gave this movie a 9 because as much as I did enjoy it there were a few things that didn't completely make sense. However it was a good movie. I am not a Christian, but I saw this with my mom who happens to be a Christian and both of us greatly enjoyed it. Drew Fuller (Black Sash, Charmed, and Army Wives) was brilliant I think that he really showed his range in the film. Abigail Breslin was great and she and Drew had great chemistry as did Drew and Ali Hillis whose great performance I think was lost in the shuffle. All in all, the cast was great, the acting was great, the script was...well, it could have been easier to understand and it was good, and the directing could have been better but I suggest that everyone sees it. The Ultimate Gift is a really great feel good film and whether you are 8 or 80 you can appreciate the message that the film tries to get across.


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