The Gift

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Overview

Supernatural horror meets character drama in this Sam Raimi-directed thriller. Set in Georgia, the film concerns a widowed mother named Annie Cate Blanchett who is blessed with the ability to have psychic visions. When Annie is asked to use her powers to investigate the murder of a rich society girl Katie Holmes who was engaged to a local high school principal Greg Kinnear, she finds her "gift" is as destructive as it is helpful. Many of the townspeople have mixed regard for Annie's abilities, including an ...
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Overview

Supernatural horror meets character drama in this Sam Raimi-directed thriller. Set in Georgia, the film concerns a widowed mother named Annie Cate Blanchett who is blessed with the ability to have psychic visions. When Annie is asked to use her powers to investigate the murder of a rich society girl Katie Holmes who was engaged to a local high school principal Greg Kinnear, she finds her "gift" is as destructive as it is helpful. Many of the townspeople have mixed regard for Annie's abilities, including an abusive husband Keanu Reeves and his brutalized wife Hilary Swank the former threatens Annie and her children with taunts that she is a devil as well as a deeply troubled auto mechanic Giovanni Ribisi who may hold a key to the events in question. The Georgia residents soon find themselves all suspects in the investigation, and Annie is forced to confront past demons while still trying to help solve the mystery. The Gift was co-written by Billy Bob Thornton, who appeared in another of Raimi's thrillers, A Simple Plan.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive cast and crew interviews; Music video: "Furnace Room Lullaby" performed by Neko Case & Her Boyfriends; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
Director Sam Raimi delivers a long-awaited gift to fans of his earlier genre triumphs The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness with this elegantly simple return to the voodoo of horror pictures past. Cate Blanchett Elizabeth stars as Annie Wilson, a widowed mother of three young boys who supports her family by giving psychic readings to her neighbors. When asked to help locate the missing daughter of a wealthy local socialite, Annie finds herself fixed between the horror of her own troubling visions and the real-life dangers posed by those who fear what her "gift" might unearth. Raimi and screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton A Simple Plan, Slingblade have spun this modest Southern gothic out of the dust and bones of standard murder mysteries, small-town melodramas, and classic ghost tales. While its lack of surprises may disappoint some, the film's old-fashioned sincerity, with its focus on mood and character, is refreshing in a time when the genre seems burdened by an excess of irony, attitude, and gimmickry. The solid supporting cast includes a bearded Keanu Reeves in a surprising turn as the local redneck wife beater; Oscar winner Hilary Swank, trapped beneath a horribly unflattering poodle cut, as his long-suffering spouse; Giovanni Ribisi, who gives an earnest turn as the town's borderline psychotic; Greg Kinnear and the perpetually underrated Gary Cole doing their usual fine work; and Katie Holmes playing against type as the occasionally topless vamp at the heart of the mystery. Still, if one element stands above the rest, it's Cate Blanchett's absolutely luminous central performance as the strong but vulnerable Annie. She brings an engaging simplicity and truthfulness to every moment that she's onscreen, making The Gift, despite its limitations, an unqualified success.
Village Voice - J. Hoberman
Nasty as pond scum, The Gift is a creepily effective button pusher that owes a bit to the original Cape Fear both in Sam Raimi's ruthless direction, reprising a few tricks from his Evil Dead, and Keanu Reeves's unexpectedly robust performance.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The movie is ingenious in its plotting, colorful in its characters, taut in its direction and fortunate in possessing Cate Blanchett...isn't she once again an independent woman surrounded by men who want to belittle her power, seduce her, frame her or kill her? A woman who has to rely on herself and her gifts, and does, and is sufficient.

The movie is ingenious in its plotting, colorful in its characters, taut in its direction and fortunate in possessing Cate Blanchett...isn't she once again an independent woman surrounded by men who want to belittle her power, seduce her, frame her or kill her? A woman who has to rely on herself and her gifts, and does, and is sufficient.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929304110
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,677

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cate Blanchett Annie Wilson
Giovanni Ribisi Buddy Cole
Keanu Reeves Donnie Barksdale
Katie Holmes Jessica King
Greg Kinnear Wayne Collins
Hilary Swank Valerie Barksdale
Michael Jeter Gerald Weems
Kim Dickens Linda
Gary Cole David Duncan
Rosemary Harris Annie's Granny
Chelcie Ross Kenneth King
John Beasley Albert Hawkins
J.K. Simmons Sheriff Johnson
Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Arthur Coburn Editor
Grant Curtis Associate Producer
Sean Daniel Executive Producer
Tom Epperson Screenwriter
Gregory Goodman Executive Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
James Jacks Producer
Jamie Anderson Cinematographer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Bob Murawski Editor
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Marthe Pineau Set Decoration/Design
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Ted Tannenbaum Executive Producer
Robert Tapert Executive Producer
Billy Bob Thornton Screenwriter
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard S. Wright Co-producer
Christopher Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Gift
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32
33. Chapter 33
34. Chapter 34
35. Chapter 35
36. Chapter 36
37. Chapter 37
38. Chapter 38
39. Chapter 39
40. Chapter 40
41. Chapter 41
42. Chapter 42
43. Chapter 43
44. Chapter 44
45. Chapter 45
46. Chapter 46
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Gift
   The Gift: Chapters
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    terrifyingly wonderful!

    I'm not a horror/thriller fan, but this was an excellent movie to me. Cate Blanchett does her usual perfect job in playing Annie, and I was on the edge of my seat most of the movie. I loved how the pyschic Annie was portrayed, 'cause I knew someone who was 'gifted', and from what I can tell, the movie was pretty accurate. And the musical score! just heavenly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant....and Surprising

    One can usually expect nothing less than excellent in the way of performance from Cate Blanchett, Hillary Swank and Mr. Ribisi, which they CERTAINLY delivered. Additionally, Keanu Reeves should have had a nod from the Academy for this one. His performance is extremely truthful. Real. A riveting story; well written and well directed. Must See!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!

    I absoulutely LOVE this movie!!! Cate Blanchett was stunning! This movie is a MUST SEE!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Topless Scene not Necessary

    Great movie....watched it last night. While I am a large Katie Holmes fan from watching Dawson's Creek, I was disapointed with the topless scene at the end. The whole scene was unnecessary to the plot of the movie. It seems that more and more young female actresses find it necessary to ''loosen'' their dignity by attempting to shed the child star image by doing nudity in their first big movie roles. Nice bod, but come on, have some respect for yourself girls!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRAVO!!!! BRAVO!!!

    This was a wonderful movie, kept you on the edge of your seat!!! Great acting in this film, with Cate Blanchett. Highly recommend!!!

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