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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.

Director:

Michael O. Sajbel

Writers:

Cheryl McKay (screenplay), Jim Stovall (book)
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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 ... 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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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 »

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Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

One of the five production companies credited for this film is Stanford Financial Group, the holding company for convicted Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford. This was one of only two known films ever credited to Stanford Financial Group (the other was The Perfect Game (2009)), which was liquidated by the US government in an effort to partially refund bilked investors. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Hamilton hands over the letter with flight information to Jason. When Jason wants to leave the room, he doesn't have that letter in his hands, or gave it back, but it's gone. See more »

Quotes

Emily: Look at her, isn't she beautiful? I mean, except for her choice in lipstick.
Jason Stevens: [laughs]
Emily: But you have to admit, even if you for nothing else out of the deal but her, you'd still be a huge winner.
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The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Written by George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Handel)
Performed by The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Courtesy of Delos International
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a great book, even better movie
17 February 2007 | by tlmoorebswSee all my reviews

My company recently hosted a private premier of the movie in Oklahoma City. It is truly a heartwarming and touching movie, suitable for the entire family. Individuals should beware that the story does stray from the book, but it only serves to enhance the storyline. I can't wait until it's release to see it again. In reading previous postings, it is apparent that some have not in fact seen the film. The main character in the book is a nephew, in the movie he is a grandson. The trials are spelled out in the book as twelve gifts, while in the movie, you don't get a full understanding that there twelve until just before the credits are rolled. The book is a great story, the movie's storyline is even better.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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1.85 : 1
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