The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift

Director: Michael O. Sajbel Cast: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Ali Hillis

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2016
UPC: 0883476151755
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG
Source: Ultimate Life
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 395

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Drew Fuller Jason Stevens
James Garner Howard "Red" Stevens
Ali Hillis Alexia
Abigail Breslin Emily Rose
Lee Meriwether Miss Hastings
Brian Dennehy Gus
Bill Cobbs Ted Hamilton
Mircea Monroe Caitlin
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
Patrick McCrory Mayor

Technical Credits
Michael O. Sajbel Director
Jane Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Mackenzie Badger Stunts
Randall Badger Asst. Director
Brian Baugh Cinematographer
Ray Bivins Special Effects
Robert Kurt Brubaker Stunts
Scott Chestnut Editor
Rick Eldridge Executive Producer
Beverly Holloway Casting
Cleve Landsberg Producer,Screenwriter
Cheryl McKay Screenwriter
Mark McKenzie Score Composer
Dave Ross Executive Producer
John Shepherd Producer
Anthony Short Score Composer
Steven R. Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Linden Snyder Art Director
Stephen Storer Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ultimate Gift
1. Chapter 1 [11:04]
2. Chapter 2 [9:16]
3. Chapter 3 [9:35]
4. Chapter 4 [9:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:08]
6. Chapter 6 [10:55]
7. Chapter 7 [9:56]
8. Chapter 8 [11:39]
9. Chapter 9 [8:20]
10. Chapter 10 [10:22]
11. Chapter 11 [9:49]
12. Chapter 12 [7:04]

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The Ultimate Gift 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
stellar70 More than 1 year ago
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.
Autumn_Wind More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CelticWriter More than 1 year ago
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.
Laura_Mac More than 1 year ago
Absolutely moving. Has changed my life.
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scooterb96 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story, about learning to respect and love another person.... I love the Ultimate Gift!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one's a good one!!! It's makes you remember what is really important in life...and it's NOT money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this for families. Provokes discussion.
JesusButterfly More than 1 year ago
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.
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