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Actors: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves

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Annabelle 'Annie' Wilson (Cate Blanchett) is struggling to make ends meet and to make a life for herself and her two sons after her husband died suddenly. A small-town Georgia psychic, Annie tried to warn her husband about the upcoming accident, but he laughed it off. Haunted by what might have been, Annie turns her efforts to helping her clients.
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Buddy Cole (Giovanni Ribisi) is a sweet, good-natured mechanic who is always willing to help Annie out, but he sometimes lashes out for apparently no reason at all. Annie cannot get Buddy to start looking internally to fix the problems and she cannot always give Buddy the time and attention that he needs...

Valerie Barksdale (Hilary Swank) is an abused, undereducated woman who is terrified to leave her husband. Fearful for Valerie's life, Annie encourages her to leave her redneck husband, Donnie (Keanu Reeves), but Valerie is too frightened. When Donnie discovers what Annie has been telling Valerie, he targets Annie and her three boys and does his best to terrify them into leaving his family alone.

When a friend drags Annie off to a country club event, Annie is surprised to discover that the sweet school principal, Wayne Collins (Greg Kinnear) who has been so helpful with her boys is engaged to Jessica King (Katie Holmes), the local princess. It is too bad, because Annie feels the first sparks of passion for Wayne, something she hasn't felt for anyone since her husband died. When Jessica shows up murdered a short time later, Annie starts hoping that maybe something will develop with Wayne. But when no leads and a lack of clues lead the local police to Annie's door, however reluctantly, Annie finds that Jessica's ghost is ready and eager to be found - and now the killer is after her...


The review of this Movie prepared by Debbie




A psychic woman lives with her three kids. A woman who is about to marry a teacher is found dead. The main suspect is one of her lovers. He is charged and put in jail. However, the psychic begins to have nightmares that tell her it was someone else. She then begins her own investigation using her ability.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer



Script Analysis of The Gift

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 45%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 35% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999    -   present 2000+ Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40%    -   50% Misc. Plotlets    -   victim dies just after sex Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of mystery?    -   psychic investigator

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   clairvoyant Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics    -   Ample Bosom and Buttocks (woman)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   not very bright people    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   hanging Any profanity?    -   Some foul language    -   A lot of foul language

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