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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.

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Joel Edgerton

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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 ... 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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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

Gross USA:

$43,787,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,980,521
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a reference to the film Blue Velvet in which Dennis Hopper says "Heineken?F*** that s***! Pabst Blue Ribbon!". In this film Jason Bateman can be seen emptying two bottles of Heineken before opening a bottle of Pabst Blue Ribbon. See more »

Goofs

When Gordon stays for dinner the amounts in the wine glasses vary up and down even after Simon tells Robyn that Gordo doesn't need any more wine. See more »

Quotes

Robyn: Funny, when someone lies to you enough, you just stop believing anything they say.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Love You Like This
Written by Austin Bello, Aron Frobes, Chris Spifogel, and Alex Burke
Performed by Austin Bello
Courtesy of Safe Word, under license by Music Asset Management, Inc.
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The movie you didn't know you had to see this summer
31 July 2015 | by moviewizguySee all my reviews

Here's a surprise: The Gift is a mature thriller that's more complex and classy than the trailers suggest. I don't know what caused the marketing department to make the film look like such a second-rate, cheap, predictable thriller that somehow had gotten ahold of talented actors, but now we know the truth. As Joel Edgerton's directorial debut, it's impressive, considering the sense of craft going on behind the camera. The cinematography is gorgeous and the pacing is that of a slow burn, but it's never dull. The premise is also deceptively simple, turning more intricate and involving as the film progresses.

Edgerton, who also wrote the screenplay, refuses to adhere to genre conventions, constantly subverting audience's expectations on how the story plays out. Red herrings, plot twists, shifting perspectives, and moral ambiguity ensue, but they never feel cheap. Like the best thrillers, The Gift evolves naturally and realistically. Edgerton and Rebecca Hall are great, but it is Jason Bateman who impresses. As a natural comedian actor, he plays one of his rare, serious roles to terrific effect. But I digress. You should go into this film with a clean slate, but know that it is a rare, intelligent thriller that doesn't cheat or spoonfeed its audience. And in that regard, Joel Edgerton has given us a gift, indeed.


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