To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)



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It's Gillian's birthday, but she won't be able to attend the family gathering held at her husband's remote Nantucket Island home in her honor, at least not physically because Gillian died two years before in a boating accident. Husband David Lewis accepts the fact that she is gone but is still not ready or able to let her go. His teenage daughter Rachel was also devastated as she, like her father, witnessed the death, but she is young and strives to build a new life. She is concerned that her … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
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Written By: Michael Brady, David E. Kelley
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 7, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as David Lewis

as Esther

as Blonde on the Beach

as Lifeguard

as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

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A bargian basement Ghost, a hybrid of the earnest nature of an inspirational play and the sleek calculation of a Lifetime TV movie.

Full Review… | December 31, 2006
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The film is cursed with clumsy staginess, exposing its roots as a play.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

this movie is about a guy whose wife died and although she died two years ago, Gillian Lewis (Michelle Pfeiffer) is still very much alive for her grieving husband, David (Peter Gallagher who lives with his 16year old daughter on Nantucket island and spends time with his imaginary wife every night on the beach. His life has basically stopped and his concerned sister in law (with husband and blind date for Peter) show up for the Labor Day Weekend.
this movie is touching and moving as it deals with the emotions of letting go of the past and those left behind.

♥Robyn M♥

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Leigh Ryan

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The films main flaw is shallow and unlikable characters. The screenplay is poor, with the actors rambling on and on aimlessly with apparently little or no direction. Peter Gallagher is bad in a lead role. Pointless and not worth watching.

James Higgins

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