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The Ultimate Gift [Blu-ray] (2006)

Drew Fuller , Bill Cobbs , Michael O. Sajbel  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,036 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Drew Fuller, Bill Cobbs, Abigail Breslin, Brian Dennehy, Ali Hillis
  • Directors: Michael O. Sajbel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,036 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KG4DES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With an all-star cast that includes Academy Awardr Nominee Abigail Breslin and Academy Awardr Nominee James Garner, along with Brian Dennehy, this engaging, heartwarming drama based on Jim Stovall's best-selling novel, The Ultimate Gift, sends a young man of privilege on a most improbable journey. Trust fund baby Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) loves all of life's gifts, as long as they're bankable. But when his wealthy grandfather Red (Garner) dies, Jason receives a most unusual inheritance: twelve tasks, which Red calls "gifts," to challenge Jason to grow as a man. If he succeeds, Jason will discover the real meaning of wealth - and be forever changed by the experience.

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162 of 164 people found the following review helpful
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Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) is a trust fund baby--he's eaten from a silver spoon his entire life. At his grandfather Red's funeral he makes a showy (and late) entrance, perhaps punctuating his low opinion of the man. But from his grave Red (James Garner) has words for his money hungry relatives at the reading of his will. No one gets what they expect, including Jason.

In a closed conference room with only his grandfather's trusted attorney (Bill Cobbs) and secretary (Lee Meriwether) in attendance, Jason is advised by Red via a video recording that he's being given a series of gifts. The catch? He isn't told what the gifts are, only that he's to arrive at the airport and await further instructions. Is this his grandfather's form of a joke, or is Red Stevens trying to reach out and teach him things he never learned from his materialistic family?

Based on a novella by noted motivational speaker and author Jim Stovall, the filmmakers endeavored to preserve the heart of his story while still producing a relevant movie. Says screenwriter Cheryl McKay in an interview conducted by Rene Gutteridge who wrote the novelization of the screenplay, "The biggest challenge was figuring out how to handle all the gifts and not come off with a movie that felt episodic. We had to blend a couple of them together and de-emphasize a couple of them because twelve is a lot to cover in a two-hour movie."

Winner of the Heartland Film Festival's Crystal Heart Award, The Ultimate Gift features an Oscar worthy cast. Drew Fuller (best known for his recurring role as Chris Halliwell in Charmed) pulls off Jason's cockiness and spoiled brat ways, but also believably portrays his transformed self. His facial expressions alone made me laugh out loud a few times.
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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changing Movie August 8, 2007
Format:DVD
I'm not up on the latest movies, so when a screener of a film called The Ultimate Gift arrived in my post office box on Tuesday morning, I didn't give it much thought. I hadn't heard of the movie when it was released in theaters, but was reviewing the screener for potential review at the request of a colleague. The fact that one of my favorite young actresses, Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine fame, was involved did pique my curiosity.

Imagine my shock two hours later when I came to the stunning conclusion that this film now ranks in my top five favorite movies of all time. The Ultimate Gift is based on an inspirational novel by author Jim Stovall and tells the story of one young man's life transformation from a spoiled rotten trust fund leech into a loving philanthropist. The main character, Jason Stevens, must navigate a series of twelve tasks/gifts given to him posthumously by his paternal grandfather in order to earn a mystery inheritance. The "gifts" are designed to teach him a series of life lessons and become progressively more challenging and life wrenching. Jason comes from the most despicable breed of wealthy snobs you've ever seen and is nursing a lifelong grudge against his grandfather. He launches into the challenge with one sole goal in mind: getting the money. It's his assumption that more money will equate to happiness. Happiness appears to be one of the only commodities that's sorely missing in his life.

I won't give away the ending of this remarkable film, but I do challenge you to get to the conclusion without feeling your own heart grow three sizes and reaching for the tissue. The Ultimate Gift is a movie to be shared and discussed with family members of all ages for the wonderful life lessons it shares.
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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Job August 23, 2007
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The Ultimate Gift' is a fun and surprising inspirational gem. Not knowing quite what to expect, the movie quickly develops an emotional and entertaining core. Often funny, sad, mysterious, and uplifting in different measures, the film pulls out a unique bag of tricks. Sort of like the `Willy Wonka' of spiritual cinema, `The Ultimate Gift' is more than a "Hallmark" Christian experience.

It all begins after the death of oil tycoon, Red Stevens (James Garner) who has left videotapes for his family. Gathered around the conference table in his lucrative company headquarters, all members wait on pins and needles to see what they will inherit from him. Crassly, the greedy family can't help but commiserate over the lack of possessions he's bequeathed to them. As his custom, Jason (Drew Fuller), his black sheep grandson, comes late to the proceedings, fully expecting nothing, but wanting to make sure nonetheless. What he gets is a treasure hunt. If he performs a series of feats for the edification of his board of trustees, he will win "the ultimate gift". Heading that board is fellow associate Mr. Hamilton (Bill Cobbs), who anchors the whole deal as a living negotiator. If Jason flubs on any one of the "assignments," he loses the gift.

A lot of the proceedings depend a great deal on Red predicting what Jason will do next during the videotape. It works admirably and there's enough good humor to smooth out the edges of our disbelief. Events are often unpredictable, and the acting ranges from genuine to genuinely good. Particularly noteworthy is Abigail Breslan (Oscar nominated child prodigy from 'Little Miss Sunshine') who gives another fine performance as Emily, a sick girl with a sharp tongue, but a good heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good movie with a wonderful lesson as well. A little on the sad side.
Published 6 hours ago by D. Thomason
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Awesome!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the greatest movies that I have ever watched
This is one of the greatest movies that I have ever watched. It is a definite keeper. I always watch it over and over and over again. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rochelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The message it teaches about tough love is incredible
This movie rocks! The message it teaches about tough love is incredible. I highly recommend this movie, it really is the ultimate gift of learning lessons of gratitude and... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rhonda G. Vaughan
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Good for a "B" Movie. It was delivered promptly and functioned properly.
Published 5 days ago by Francis K. Melcavage
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Loved it......
Published 7 days ago by Debbie C. Jones
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Ordered for granddaughter who is writing an essay
Published 11 days ago by Rene Williams
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Love this movie and the handsome trumpet player from the band is my nephew!!
Published 12 days ago by Kayti
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