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The Shift (2009)

Ambition to Meaning: Finding Your Life's Purpose (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | Video 5 January 2009
In this compelling film, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning.


Michael A. Goorjian (as Michael Goorjian)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Dyer Wayne Dyer ... Himself (as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)
Portia de Rossi ... Denise Moore (as Portia De Rossi)
Edward Kerr ... Chad Moore
Michael DeLuise ... David (as Michael Deluise)
Ron Marasco ... Joe
Shannon Sturges ... Quinn Harper
Maury Sterling ... Jason Harper
Ethan Lipton Ethan Lipton ... Himself
Molly Bryant ... Sarah
Don Franklin ... Rob
Ron Garcia Ron Garcia ... Ron
Karen Kondazian ... Sophia
Ethan Kelley Ethan Kelley ... Ethan Harper
Jack Kelley Jack Kelley ... Jack Harper
Joel Virgel ... Homeless Man


In this compelling film, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning.

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Release Date:

5 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lyceum Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Jason Harper: What, you think I am going to leave you here all alone?
Quinn Harper: Jason, every cell in my body wants to stay here just a little bit longer.
Jason Harper: Um, I'm hearing you but I have no idea what you're saying.
Quinn Harper: I need to reorient myself, I need to find my way back, and I need solitude to do it.
Jason Harper: Quinn, you're the mother of two small children. You don't get solitude.
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Still a most-frequently viewed DVD in my collection a decade after acquiring it
12 April 2018 | by dan-48905See all my reviews

Mega kudos to the writer, producer, director, actors, and all involved in the making of this film. I agree wholeheartedly with a previous review writer that this film can be life-altering, and would like to add that it can also be a very powerful and helpful resource for those who may be going through a "shift" in their life.

From the perspective of having done coaching and consulting work over the past two to three decades, I can not overstate how powerful this film can be in helping people understand the way values and outlook on life seem to change so mysteriously at a certain point in their lives. Having read and carefully studied the research which Wayne Dyer (RIP, our friend) refers to in this film, I recommend that anyone who watches and feels the powerful tugs and grips this film can have on a person consider purchasing the book based on the study.

As a filmmaker, I also find the production work to be technically excellent. It truly underscores the fact that a film with a true story (in this case multiple embedded stories) can truly grab and hold a viewer's attention without the need for high-dollar special effects and visual effects. This film accomplished that through the sheer power of its truthfulness and exploration of topics that many (most?) people end up dealing with personally at some point in life.

Whether a person is in a shift, headed for a shift, or coming out of a shift in life, this film is a "must have" and "must watch" view for anyone looking to make sense out of and deal with the process of entering "the afternoon of life," which should -- if anything -- be the very brightest and best part of life.

Get it. Watch it. And don't be surprised if you find yourself watching it over and over and getting added meaning from it every time you load it and hit "play." While you're at it, you might want to also find "Painting the Future," which is an excellent companion to this film.


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