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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

Peter Gallagher , Michelle Pfeiffer , Michael Pressman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Gallagher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Laurie Fortier, Wendy Crewson
  • Directors: Michael Pressman
  • Writers: David E. Kelley, Michael Brady
  • Producers: David E. Kelley, Marykay Powell, Terry Morse Jr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063JZN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" on IMDb

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A family gathers to celebrate Gillian's 37th birthday, which is also the 2nd anniversary of her death. Her husband has not yet come to terms with her death and often spends the evening with her ghost on the beach.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 23-MAR-2004
Media Type: DVD

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Relate Deeply To This Movie July 31, 2003
By A Customer
Having lost my wife under similiar circumstances, I experienced exactly What Peter Gallagher's acting expressed in this Film. His moving potrail of deep grief was so much like what I was experiencing it was chilling. The film did make me realize, that its time to move on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Loss-The most powerful emotions April 27, 2005
By Anthony
This is a fantastic film, from the writing to directing to the score to the acting. Peter Gallagher is superb in conveying the torment and guilt felt by a widowed husband. This is a situation that occurs all over the world all the time-losing a loved one is probably the most trying event that any person can ever go through. It's perfectly paced. David Kelley is such a great writer, it's just a joy to let him take you on this ride.

People compare this film to the play too much. They're completely different, theater is much more dialogue, film much more visual. I read the play after seeing the movie first, and although I'm always tainted by what I see first, I still feel the film is better. The characters aren't shallow in the film-they're just what's needed for how many of them there are.

I can't imagine what it's like to lose someone you love. I'm sure I will someday, but after watching this film you'll see how it can drive someone nearly mad trying to move on with their lives. A beautiful achievement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He knows she's dead September 27, 2004
Here's the thing about this movie: He knows she's dead. A lot of the other reviewers here seem to forget that he acknowledges she's dead but that doesn't matter. She is dead but not gone. For some people, that statement sounds like some kind of sacchrine line to calm children. Sometimes it's the truth, though, and that's what this movie is about.

The movie does take itself seriously, but the subject IS serious. This is a solid movie, it's not a great film. Taking yourself seriously is not the same as claiming greatness. David Kelly is a capable director and the cast has chemistry and participate in the telling of a good story. That's it. It's a good story, and a fine film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting and deep emotions make this a must see! August 8, 2003
This film is very moving. It will remind any viewer not to take their loved ones for granted. The film gets you thinking about how to prepare and makes you ask yourself, how will I react when I lose the love of my life. Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait a minute, this is a great movie August 3, 2001
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Although very much a chick flick and very much lampooned by other reviewers, I found this a very entertaining and deep movie. Yeah, its a tearjerker, yeah, it has some standard soap opera situations in it, but the interweaving of the returning ghost and the soul searching of the characters might make you take a good look at your own life. I loved it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a day at the beach! February 14, 2001
By Cami
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a sucker for summery, "beachy" movies--especially ones taking place in New England! Besides the great scenery and summer nostalgia, this movie offers a look at a young girl's (Claire Danes) coming of age. Not only does Dane's character have to deal with first love and the haunting memory of her mother who died two years before, but she must also sympathize with her widowed father whose been left traumatized by his wife's death. Overcoming death, though, does not turn this movie into a sad drama. There's plenty of laughs along the way, including Peter Gallagher's reaction to his daughter dating a boy with a pierced nose (played by Freddie Prinze Jr.) There's also a cute karaoke scene and for the male viewers there's Claire Danes in a thong. Claire Danes is excellent in this movie, as usual! If you're in the mood for a day at the beach, stay home and rent this instead!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "birthday" gift to buy for someone! March 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Although the movie is slow moving, the plot is great and keeps your attention. Claire Danes plays the daughter of a man who still "believes" his deacesed wife (Jillian) is still alive. He "talks" to his dead wife every night on the beach, believing his hallucinations are real, creating emotional troubles for his daughter. That sums up 95% of the movie, so in respect for Amazon, i will not give away any more. But i will tell you it is very emotional and warm-hearted. So buy this movie for any "birthday" occasion, and celebrate!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Touching December 14, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this movie simply because I love Claire Danes, and was rather suprised by how moved I was by this movie. Claire Danes is WONDERFUL, and the story is very moving and believable. I've seen this movie 3 times and I recommend it to anyone who's looking for a sad, moving family drama.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to hold on to someone you love
I think anyone that has ever lost the love of their life could truly live this way if they could still see and talk with them even if no one else could.
Published 1 month ago by Diane Dailey
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
I love this movie, I had it on VCR and it was played so much it stretched, have it on DVD, but streamlining is so much easier.
Published 2 months ago by reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch ........
I recently watched this movie on TV. Obviously I have no idea what may have been cut. I never saw the stage play which many say is so much better than this adaptation. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars See This
I think this is a great story and great acting..Watch it and share it with your friends. Bring tissues tooo
Published 7 months ago by belajoe
5.0 out of 5 stars dvdThank you. This is my favorite and I will do business with you...
Thank you. This is my favorite and I will do business with you again. Hope you have a nice summer
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I always enjoy a quaint island setting such as this; and what made it equally charming was watching the interaction between believable family members focused on trying to survive... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ande
4.0 out of 5 stars An Oldee but Goodie
The old movie collection grows, and I find it fun to watch them again and again. What a contrast to the movies on TV now!
Published 13 months ago by Billie S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotions exploded
True love story. This story showed real emotions and showed that moving on did not diminsh their love for each each.
Published 15 months ago by Brad Scherf
4.0 out of 5 stars Great love story
This is a great love story. About seeing your love one after they have died. You are the only one that can see this person and its your love for them that lets you continue to see... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ChiefWest
4.0 out of 5 stars movie to help you release pain of lost relationships
Order the movie on the recommendation of a friend. Since I've been carrying the torch for a love ones tragically lost. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Yeolla
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