The Gift (2000 film)

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The Gift
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Directed by Sam Raimi
Produced by Grant Curtis
Written by Billy Bob Thornton
Tom Epperson
Starring Cate Blanchett
Giovanni Ribisi
Keanu Reeves
Katie Holmes
Greg Kinnear
Hilary Swank
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Jamie Anderson
Editing by Bob Murawski
Studio Lakeshore Entertainment
Distributed by Paramount Classics
Release dates
  • December 22, 2000 (2000-12-22)
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $44,567,6061

The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother.2

The film centers on Annie (Cate Blanchett) becoming involved in a murder case as a result of acquiring keen knowledge about the crime through her extrasensory perception. Other major characters are played by Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes, and Greg Kinnear.

Plot

In the town of Brixton, Georgia, widow Annie Wilson is the resident fortune-teller who possesses extrasensory perception. Jessica King, the fiancée of local school principal Wayne Collins disappears.

Annie eventually receives a vision revealing that Jessica has been killed and her corpse thrown into a pond. She informs local sheriff Pearl Johnson of her vision and with this information, Johnson searches a pond at the estate of Donnie Barksdale, the violent husband of one of Annie's clients named Valerie. Valerie permits the search's conduction as Donnie is absent from their residence, but the latter returns while the search is proceeding. The police find Jessica's corpse in the pond and Donnie is arrested for her murder.

During his trial for Jessica's murder, it is revealed that Jessica and Barksdale had an affair. The case against Barksdale is strengthened when evidence supporting that Barksdale is the murderer is discovered; Annie also takes the stand and Donnie is eventually convicted and sent to prison.

Buddy Cole, an acquaintance of Annie's, harbors a hatred for his father. The former tries to explain to Annie why he hates his father but Annie is preoccupied and refuses to listen to the explanation of the vulgar Buddy. Later, Buddy's mother calls Annie to come to their house as Buddy has snapped and has his father bound to a chair. Buddy sets his father on fire and it is then revealed that Buddy's father sexually abused him as a child. Buddy is eventually taken to a mental hospital.

Later, Annie receives another vision divulging that Donnie is innocent. She asks District Attorney David Duncan to reopen the case. Duncan refuses, but Annie counters that if he does not do so she will reveal an engagement of Duncan with Jessica in sexual activity which Annie witnessed; Duncan attempts to bribe Annie in exchange for her silence, but Annie refuses, still wanting justice for Barksdale.

Annie tells Collins that Barksdale is not responsible for Jessica's death and that Duncan will not reopen the investigation. After driving out to the pond that night with Collins, Annie learns from a vision that Collins is Jessica's murderer. Collins confesses to Annie that he was angry after he discovered that she was cheating on him. Collins attempts to kill Annie, knowing that she will inform the police of his guilt for the crime, but Buddy appears and knocks him out; Annie and Buddy lock the unconscious Collins in the trunk of Annie's car.

Buddy returns to Annie a handkerchief that she had lent him earlier. The two drive to the police station with Collins stowed in the trunk. Annie tells Buddy that he will have to return to the mental hospital and he waits in the car while she enters the station to talk with Sheriff Johnson. When she returns to the car with the police to retrieve Collins from the trunk, Buddy has disappeared. When Annie explains to Johnson what happened at the pond, he informs her that Buddy committed suicide at the mental hospital earlier that day. However, Annie still has the handkerchief that Buddy returned to her.

Cast

Reception

Critical response

The film received mixed reviews and Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 56% based on 116 reviews. The consensus was "the A-list cast can't prevent the movie from becoming a by-the-numbers whodunit with an ending that's all but unsatisfactory."3

Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars.4

Box office

The film grossed $12,008,642 at the U.S. box office5 on a budget of $10 million.

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