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The Gift (2015)

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A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Director:

Joel Edgerton

Writer:

Joel Edgerton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Simon
Rebecca Hall ... Robyn
Joel Edgerton ... Gordo
Allison Tolman ... Lucy
Tim Griffin ... Kevin 'KK' Keelor
Busy Philipps ... Duffy
Adam Lazarre-White Adam Lazarre-White ... Ron
Beau Knapp ... Detective Walker
Wendell Pierce ... Detective Mills
Mirrah Foulkes ... Wendy Dale
Nash Edgerton ... Frank Dale
David Denman ... Greg
Katie Aselton ... Joan
David Joseph Craig ... Stewart (as David Craig)
Susan May Pratt ... Rhonda Ryan
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Storyline

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? Written by STX Entertainment

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Not Every Gift Is Welcome. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Australia | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weirdo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,854,273, 9 August 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,771,291, 4 October 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joel Edgerton not only directed and starred in this movie, he also produced it and wrote the script. See more »

Goofs

When Simon erases Gordo and writes Weirdo on the fridge instead, the handwriting style changes between each takes. See more »

Quotes

Ron: Normally, friendships grow organically. And if they don't serve both parties, they just kind of dissipate.
Simon: Yeah, that'd be great.
Ron: What you're talking about is, you know, an asymmetric thing. A one-sided friendship? I mean, essentially you're being forced into a breakup.
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Connections

References Honeymoon (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Romantic Interlude
Written and Performed by Eric Bolvin
Courtesy of Chicago Music Library
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well wrapped
9 August 2015 | by AlanjackdSee all my reviews

Why as a seasoned movie addict and theatre visitor am I always amazed at the way the " Blockbusters" get all the press and gossip and fantastic movies like this slip through the net. Like last years immense " The Babadook ", this directional debut by Joel Egerton is a really good thriller and has had nowhere near the media coverage it deserves. It makes me so angry that the Marvel franchise gets rammed down our throats on TV and in fast food cafes and masterpieces slip through the net. Excellently directed and very well acted,this clever little well - wrapped gift is all we need to let us know that the proper movie making process is still alive and kicking. Very few special effects and perfect use of sound( or lack of it in some cases) with 1 or 2 shocks to keep us going,it carries a clear message of our past waiting to wreck our future. I think it cleverly slows pace half way through then wakes up in the last third.Grab it while you can guys cos this will just go after a week or 2.


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