The Ultimate GiftDirector: Michael O. Sajbel
Filmmaker Michael O. Sajbel explores the relationship between wealth and happiness with this spiritual-minded tale about a privileged young man who receives a most unexpected inheritance. Adapted from the best-selling book by author Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift opens as trust-fund baby Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) prepares to receive a sizable inheritance from his late grandfather Red (James Garner). Though Jason is convinced that the money is about to come flowing in, he receives a sudden shock upon discovering that Red has instead decided to offer him something much more valuable than simple cash. Realizing that his spoiled grandson has lived a sheltered life in which he has always been handed the very best of everything, Red has devised a crash course in living comprised of 12 gifts that will challenge the arrogant young man in ways that he could never have imagined nor anticipated. In the weeks that follow, Jason will befriend a terminally ill child (Abigail Breslin) and her grief-stricken mother (Ali Hillis) while attempting to determine whether it is money or happiness that truly matters in life. Brian Dennehy and Lee Meriwether co-star in an uplifting drama from the director of The Ride and One Night with the King.
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- Original Release:
- 20th Century Fox
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Drew Fuller||Jason Stevens|
|James Garner||Howard "Red" Stevens|
|Abigail Breslin||Emily Rose|
|Lee Meriwether||Miss Hastings|
|Bill Cobbs||Ted Hamilton|
|Brett Rice||Bill Stevens|
|George Lee Masters||Pastor|
|D. David Morin||Jack Stevens|
|Donna Cherry||Sarah Stevens|
|Catherine McGoohan||Ruth Stevens|
|Mark Joy||Bill's Lawyer|
|Mel Fair||Jack's Lawyer|
|Alecia Brady Curcuru||Bill's Wife|
|David Temple||Ruth's Husband|
|Rick Eldridge||Banker #2|
|Jim Stovall||Limo Driver|
|Calvin Thompson||Blind Guy|
|Michael O. Sajbel||Director|
|Jane Anderson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Randall Badger||Asst. Director|
|Ray Bivins||Special Effects|
|Robert Kurt Brubaker||Stunts|
|Rick Eldridge||Executive Producer|
|Mark McKenzie||Score Composer|
|Dave Ross||Executive Producer|
|Anthony Short||Score Composer|
|Steven R. Smith||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Linden Snyder||Art Director|
|Stephen Storer||Production Designer|
1. Main Titles/He's Gone [3:42]
2. Red's Will [3:28]
3. Trust Fund Baby [5:07]
4. Flying in Style [1:51]
5. Resentment [5:26]
6. Work Ethic [3:17]
7. It's What? [2:09]
8. Losing Everything [6:30]
9. That's My Bench [4:38]
10. One True Friend [2:42]
11. The Value of Money [2:55]
12. Good Samaritan [3:39]
13. Family Blessings [:43]
14. A Visit with God [6:57]
15. Thanksgiving [6:49]
16. The Gift of Learning [3:38]
17. Ecuador [6:17]
18. Crash Site [:04]
19. Kidnapped [3:56]
20. Perilous Escape [6:01]
21. Emily's Wish [2:34]
22. Christmas in Texas [3:26]
23. Free to Dream [3:58]
24. Jason's Plan [3:48]
25. Grief [6:33]
26. Emily's Home [2:13]
27. The Ultimate Gift [2:50]
28. Emily's Spirit/End Titles [3:50]
English 5.1 Dolby Surround
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Absolutely moving. Has changed my life.
Awsome! Very inspiring with a deep plot. Life is not how you spend it but how you live it. This is the journey of a young man who's uncle left him a hefty amount of money if he passed certain life tests. Every step he learns how to survive in this world without any money by depending on people who truly befriends him and walks the path with him. My whole family really enjoyed this film and a few had a teary eye or two. Highly recommend this flick. Good moral story to embrace when walking the path of life.
An excellant example of the difference between temporal (my,me,mine) and lasting values (honor, respect,diligence, integrity and loving others) The story line couldn't be better. James Garner was supberb as were all the others as they expressed examples of heir values. Even the bit part of the chippie was a perfect example of one who is so self centered. Another plus plus was teh absence of sex, bad langusge and violence.
Red Stephens has given up hope on the rest of his family except for his grandson, Jason. But before Red feels he can trust him he challenges him seven ways. If Jason succeeds at each level Red will give Jason his ultimate gift. But Jason is the perfect rich kid with silver spoon in mouth, attitude to match and beautiful blonde on his arm. Does he even care to go through with the 'game'? Was Red right in what he sensed in his grandson? Great performances! thank you James Garner, Lee Merriweather, Ted Hamilton and Brian Dennehy for being in and believing in the script. The script was very challenging for Drew Fuller, it was multi-layered and he had to draw from several levels and he succeeded in bringing Jason Stephens to life. Abigail Breslin, cut to the chase, superb.
The Ultimate Gift is a wonderfully touching movie. It was shown to the children (4th, 5th, and 6th graders) at our church during morning service at children's ministry a couple of weeks before Christmas and it made quite an impact. It had to be played over two Sundays and it was such a great feeling to see the children soak in the message and meaning of unselfishness, sacrifice, faith, and most of all love.
This is a beautiful story, about learning to respect and love another person.... I love the Ultimate Gift!!!
Jim 'You Don't Have to be Blind to See' Stovall is an inspirational writer who in 2001 published a little book by the name of THE ULTIMATE GIFT in which he transposed many of his motivational teachings into a novel form, a story of how a tape of a dying man can alter the life of a crassly money-centric young grandson leading him through trials and challenges to teach him the meaning of life. Now THE ULTIMATE GIFT comes to the screen/DVD and before making the groaning judgment that here is yet another insipid little tale about learning life's lessons and gaining some spirituality in the process, try watching this two hour traversal of well acted and well scripted (Cheryl McKay) and well directed (Michael O. Sajbel) input. There is a lot more to the film than the grinches might think! A wealthy man Red Stevens (James Garner) has amassed a fortune, turning his personal life into a shambles in the process and producing a family of greedy ruthless gluttons - with one exception: one son rebelled and lost his life to dreams despite the aspirations of the father. Red has just died and the will is read by Red's longtime partner and lawyer Ted (Bill Cobbs) and his devoted assistant Miss Hastings (Lee Meriwether): the family is outraged at the results of Red's division of his fortune and the one person who is left to learn of the will's content is Red's egocentric grandson Jason (Drew Fuller). Through a taped interview just prior to his death Red outlines the twelve lessons Jason must learn if he is to inherit anything. And here begins the episodic journey during which Jason learns about poverty, compassion, friends, death, and spirituality that changes Jason into a full human being and creates a character who gives back more than he gets. Along the way Jason encounters work-ethic Gus (Brian Dennehy), a little girl Emily dying from leukemia (Abigail Breslin) whose sharp wit and tongue manifest wisdom that leads to the bonding of Jason and Emily's mother Alexia (Ali Hillis), and host of other character actors in the various parts of the world where Jason's journey takes him. Yes, the plot is predictable, and yes, the tenor of the piece borders on soap opera at times, but the end result is an examination of life that is told with enough fine humor and realistic dialog that it works. If viewers pass by this DVD because they fear it is just another sappy lecture, they will miss the pleasure of entering the realm of tender communication delivered with style and sincerity. And we all need that, especially now...Grady Harp
I would highly recommend this for families. Provokes discussion.
I didn't know they made movies this good anymore. I cried like a baby not because it was sad but because I felt so grateful in my heart for everything I have been given. I am giving this as christmas gifts to my parents and asking them to watch it and then pass it on to someone close to them. I hope it starts a love epidemic.
As a 13 year old Middle Schooler, I found this movie inspirational and touching. It's a moral that I know that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life. Abigail Breslin brings spunk into her character, and Drew Fuller is...well gorgeous. A fabulous movie that young and old alike will all love. If you want to see a good movie, this is it.
touching, a story all people should hold close to their life. This story read or viewed should be a must on your list of things to do. only if the we as a people could apply these gifts - we would know the true meaning of peace.
This movie, a 2007 Christmas gift, ranks up there as one of the best gifts I've ever gotten. In an era when one never knows what a movie may hold, The Ultimate Gift is, to the viewer, a blessing. The writing is impeccable, and every actor seemed hand-picked and perfect for his/her role. To single out even one would be an injustice to the rest. I repeat: OH, WOW! After my husband and I spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon watching it, we felt convinced anew that there really is something great in each and every one of us when we're willing to look deep in our souls and embrace it.
This one's a good one!!! It's makes you remember what is really important in life...and it's NOT money!
This is a moving and emotional film. It helps us see life for what it really is. We seldom see the everyday gifts that God has given us. This movie opens your eyes to them.
Bring tissues if you watch this one, as they will be needed. A heart-warming story about finding the true meaning of happiness. With wonderful performances from Abagail Breslin,Drew Fuller, Ali Hillis, and James Garner this is a wonderful film for everyone.
We were incouraged to see this movie by dear friends and will do likewise to all who we cherish. ALOT of valuable lessons to be reminded of in this very moving film. A Movie that we want our children & their children to see.
I love this movie, it's VERY good! Nice acting and a bit of a tear-dropper at the end...but overall....worth your time!