The Ultimate Gift

Synopsis: Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?" Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy Grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole "reading of the will" thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his Grandfather's money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls "gifts," each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the accumulat
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Director(s): Michael O. Sajbel
Production: Fox Faith
  3 wins.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
49
Rotten Tomatoes:
32%
PG
Year:
2006
114 min
$3,400,000
Website
320 Views

Are we on?

Hello.

When? Thank you.

Yes. I'll tell him.

Sir.

He's gone.

Contact family members

the various corporate boards

and business interests.

Yes, sir.

Sir, I

I am so sorry

for your loss.

Am I speakin'

to a Theophilus Hamilton of Birmingham?

Sir? Yes, sir. This is he.

Name's Howard Stevens.

You can call me Red.

I need a lawyer for a few

business ideas I have

a few still

in the dream stage.

Though the skies may weep

the Bible assures us that

precious in the sight of the Lord

is the death of his saints.

I wonder who the old man

negotiated with for the rain.

Well, it's a sure bet

he's laughin'

watchin' us get soaked.

Yeah, well,

now it's his turn.

There's not a person here

whose life, in some way

has not been touched

by Howard Red Stevens.

Red often quoted

Malcolm Muggeridge

saying that, Every happening,

great or small

is a parable by which

God speaks to us

and the art of life

is to get the message.

May the message of Red Stevens

continue in the hearts of those he leaves behind.

-What are you doing? You're gonna get all wet.

-Bill.

Even though Dad moved his corporate offices

from Texas many years ago

for tax reasons

he always said he wanted

to be buried under Texas soil.

Is that him?

That's him.

Mom.

-You're late.

-For what?

Give me some of that!

Settle down over there.

Good morning.

Before we start,

I'd like to say how much Red

meant to me personally.

As you know, we started out

as business partners

and we ended up

as friends.

I am deeply grieved

by his passing.

Yes, well, that's very nice.

Now, may we proceed?

Red's will

is in his own words

still, every bit

as legal and binding

Blah, blah, blah.

And, so,

my eldest son, Bill

I leave my company,

Panhandle Oil and Gas.

Currently worth $600 million.

However, Bill, since you had

zero interest in my company while I was alive

I don't imagine that will

change much after my death.

Therefore, the board

will maintain control.

Excuse me, but my client would like

to explore all of his options.

Your client

has no more options.

One of those instructions

Mr Hamilton skipped over

is Red's desire that each of you vacate

after receiving your portion of the estate.

-As in, leave the room.

-What the She can't talk to me like that.

-Well, do something.

-You can go now, Mr Stevens.

-What All right. Fine. Fine.

-We should really go.

I have never been so humiliated.

Did you see that old man

talking' to me that way?

And you guys just sat there

and said absolutely nothin'.

That's it?

-A cow farm?

-A 10,000-acre cow farm.

Well, what's that worth anyway?

Ruth, come on.

Come here.

What exactly do we get?

A place for you

to take your mistress.

Come on, Ruth.

Let me explain.

-I want to see everything! Full disclosure.

-Come on, Jack. Let's go.

-Good day, Mr Stevens.

-You said you had a strategy!

-This is a long way from over.

-You said it was a slam dunk!

-To Sarah, widow of my late son,

Jay Howard Stevens

I am truly sorry

for the events of the past.

Please know that Jays death

represents the greatest tragedy

I have ever experienced.

I leave you control of my Myers Park estate

where you now reside

and a managed trust for expenses as long as you live.

-There we go.

Since your choice

of male companionship is vast and varied

the deed and title for the house

will remain under the control of my trustees.

-Good day, Mr Hamilton.

-Good day.

It's amazing just how far

the fruit can fall from the tree.

And still roll

a great distance.

Nice of you to show up.

You're in time for nothin'.

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Cheryl McKay

Cheryl McKay is an American author and screenwriter, from Los Angeles, California. McKay holds an M.A. in Screenwriting from Regent University in Virginia, and is a winner of the 2006/2007 Art Within Labs award.She wrote the screen adaptations of Jim Stovall's novel The Ultimate Gift and Sheila Walsh's children's book Gigi: God's Little Princess. McKay wrote Taylor's Wall and The Wild & Wacky Totally True Bible Stories series, narrated by Frank Peretti.McKay cowrote Never the Bride with Rene Gutteridge more…

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