March 19, 2022 · 6:11 am
Nicholas’ Gift, the television movie in which Jamie Lee Curtis plays the mother of seven-year old Nicholas Green, who was shot on a family vacation in Italy, can be seen online by clicking this link: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/nicholas-gift.
The movie, based closely on the true story, traces the car chase that led to the shooting and the decision of the boy’s parents to donate his organs and corneas. It shows the anguish of waiting for a transplant, the trial of the killers and the Greens’ poignant meeting with the young heart recipient and his family.
The Green family in Rome for the making of the movie, Nicholas’ Gift, starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Left to right: Martin, Reg, Gene Wexler, Maggie, Laura, Eleanor. (Martin and Laura are the twins born twenty months after Nicholas was killed.Eleanor was two years younger than Nicholas. Gene played Nicholas in the movie.)
The movie, for which Jamie Lee Curtis was nominated for an Emmy, has been seen by 100 million people worldwide. There is a small charge to view it.
January 15, 2022 · 3:54 am
Jamie Lee Curtis, who played my wife, Maggie, in an almost forgotten television movie about organ donation, once told me she was as proud of her performance in it as she was of anything else in her career. This week on her Instagram page she said the subject was “haunting, honoring and humbling.”
The movie is Nicholas’ Gift, a true story, and in it she plays the mother of our seven-year old son, Nicholas, whose organs and corneas we donated after he was shot in an attempted robbery during a family vacation in Italy in 1994. I don’t see how anyone could watch it and remain indifferent to organ donation.
The seven recipients two years after their transplant with the Greens and their three children. Left to right standing: Reg and Maggie Green; Andrea Mongiardo (heart); Francesco Mondello (cornea); Tino Motta (kidney); Anna Maria di Ceglie (kidney); Eleanor Green. Sitting: Laura Green, Maria Pia Pedala (liver), Domenica Galletta (cornea), Silvia Ciampi (pancreas cells), Martin Green. Photo included here by permission of Oggi magazine, Italy
Given that she has starred in a variety of blockbuster movies in the last forty years and amassed a string of awards — most recently the top Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Film Festival in September 2021 — her assessment is an extraordinary comment on a movie that is rarely-mentioned nowadays in the United States, although it has been seen by 100 million viewers worldwide.