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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a 1996 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Pressman, and starring Peter Gallagher and Claire Danes as a father and daughter struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of wife and mother Gillian (Michelle Pfeiffer). The original score was composed by James Horner. The screenplay was adapted by David E. Kelley from the play of the same name by Michael Brady. David Lewis (Peter Gallagher) is so affected by the death of his beautiful wife Gillian (Michelle Pfeiffer), who fell from the mast pole of their boat on a sailing trip, that he turns their summer cottage in Nantucket, Massachusetts into a permanent home and spends most of his time on the beach there, communicating with his dead wife's spirit and unwittingly neglecting his teenage daughter Rachel (Claire Danes). On the second anniversary of Gillian's death, David invites Gillian's sister Esther Wheeler (Kathy Baker) and her husband Paul (Bruce Altman) to stay for the weekend. Esther insists on bringing a female friend named Kevin Dollof (Wendy Crewson) whom she hopes David will become romantically interested in.