To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

Director: Michael Pressman Cast: Peter Gallagher, Claire Danes, Kathy Baker


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In this story of obsessive and enduring love, David Lewis (Peter Gallagher) spends most of his time swimming, dancing, and frolicking on the beach with the spirit of his dead wife Gillian (Michelle Pfeiffer). After Gillian's drowning death, David made their summer cottage on Nantucket Island into a permanent home. He lives there with his teenage daughter Rachel (Claire Danes), who is being neglected because her father spends so much time with her dead mother's ghost. On the second anniversary of Gillian's death, over Labor Day weekend, he invites Gillian's sister Esther Wheeler (Kathy Baker) and Esther's husband Paul (Bruce Altman) for the weekend. David's in-laws bring with them a beautiful woman named Kevin Danford (Wendy Crewson), hoping that David's attentions will turn to her. But David ignores her and proceeds with his ritualistic celebration of Gillian's birthday, including a formal dinner, karaoke, and building sand castles. After Paul makes a pass at Rachel's young girlfriend, Esther and Paul re-examine their bickering marriage and find it paltry compared to David's overwhelming eternal passion. Nothing can interfere with David's love for Gillian, but he comes to realize that he must be more attentive to his daughter as well. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/1998
UPC: 0043396825932
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG13
Source: Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Gallagher David Lewis
Claire Danes Rachel Lewis
Kathy Baker Esther
Wendy Crewson Kevin
Michelle Pfeiffer Gillian Lewis
Bruce Altman Paul
Laurie Fortier Cindy
Freddie Prinze Joey

Technical Credits
Michael Pressman Director
Michael Atwell Art Director
Timothy J. Eckel Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer,Songwriter
David E. Kelley Producer,Screenwriter
David Kirschner Sound/Sound Designer
Christine Larson Asst. Director
Christine Larson Asst. Director
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Menzies Set Decoration/Design
Linda Pearl Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Marykay Powell Producer
William Scharf Editor
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision

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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic romance film set on the beautiful island of Nantucket. A family of a husband, wife and daughter enjoy their summer home with days filled of sailing and beach activities. Witness a love between a couple deeper than ever imagined. Feel the pain of the tragic loss of one's spouse at an early age. Feel the pain of a daughter who must observe her father's refusal to accept his wife's death as well as dealing with the loss of her mother. Can the husband 'bury' the ghost of his wife in order to 'rescue' his daughter before it's too late? The cast, which includes Peter Gallagher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Kathy Baker and Bruce Altman, is superb. An outstanding film and highly recommended.
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