Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Angus Tuck: Don't be afraid of death, Winnie. Be afraid of the unlived life.
Narrator: Tuck said it to Winnie the summer she turned 15: Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life. You don't have to live forever. You just have to live. And she did.
Jesse: Do you remember when I told you that I was 104 years old?
Jesse: Well... it's the honest truth.
[Winnie looks confused]
Jesse: I'm gonna live forever. I'm never gonna change. The same with Miles and Tuck and Mae. Something happened to us. I mean, as far as I know, I... I'm gonna be 17 until the end of the world. It's the spring, Winnie. Something's wrong with it. It stops you right where you are, if you'd had a drink of it today, you'd stay just like you are...
[Both hear a rustling noise. They turn around to see Miles]
Miles: Don't you wish he'd told you... before you kissed him? Did he tell you that immortality isn't all the preachers crack it up to be?
Jesse: Hey, leave her alone, Miles!
Miles: Well, now, you wanted her to hear it Jesse-boy. She's the first person you want to tell the truth to.
Jesse: You just don't want me to have what you lost.
Winnie: Stop this... both of you. Tell me... the truth... I wanna know.
Miles: [Miles nods and walks over towards Jesse and Winnie] We all had a drink. Except for the cat, and that's important.
[the rest of the monologue is told in flashbacks of what Miles is saying]
Miles: The water tasted like... heaven. It floated over your tongue like a cloud. Tuck carved a T in the trunk and we moved on west to find a place to settle down. We put up a house for Mae and Tuck and a little shed for Jesse and me. That was the first time we figured there was something... peculiar. Jesse fell thirty feet and landed on is neck. He was up on his feet before Mae could work up a good cry. Didn't hurt him a bit, no broken bones... nothing. But that's not all... not by a long shot. Things began to happen. Some brush-poppers mistook Mae's horse for a deer. Thing is, the bullets didn't kill hime. Barely even left a mark. Then Tuck got bitten by a rattle snake, and you know what... he didn't die.
Miles: But the cat did, of old age.
[Somberly, touching the ring on his finger]
Miles: And Miles got married.
Miles: Bo. Little Anna.
Miles: Tuck figured it early on. It was the spring. We all drank from it, even the horse. It had to be... the source of our changelessness. I begged her to come back... to me and find the spring and drink from it. The children, too. It was our only hope... to be together. She'd made up her mind that I'd... sold my soul to the devil. And she left me. She took my babies with her.
[Angrily, with tears in his eyes]
Miles: Everyone... pulled away after that. There was talk of witchcraft... and... black magic. I went lookin' for wars to fight... and I saw brave men die at Vera Cruz. And then Gettysburg. Thousands of them in the blink of an eye.
Miles: But not me. I couldn't die. Like Little Anna. The influenza took her before she was fifteen. And Bo. He'd be almost eighty now if he were still alive. And my sweet... my sweet young bride. She died in an insame asylum. Old and alone. But I'm still here... I'm still here.
[Unable to say any more, he just cries. We turn to Winnie, who is also crying. The screen fades to black]
Narrator: For some time passes slowly, an hour can seem an eternity. For others, there's never enough. For Jesse Tuck, it didn't exist.
Jesse: Winnie Foster, I will love you until the day I die!
Angus Tuck: What we Tucks have, you can't call it living. We just... are. We're like rocks, stuck at the side of a stream.
Mrs. Foster: [while strapping Winnie into corset] You must suffer to be beautiful, so say the French.
Winnie: Well the French are crazy.
Mrs. Foster: [calling from window] Winnifred!
Winnie: [turns on side and starts talking to a toad] I need a new name. One that's not all worn out from being called so much.
Winnie: Jesse, don't let go!
Jesse: It's ok, it's ok. There's no chance of that, Winnie Foster. I'll never let you go.
Winnie: I knew it! You're... you're bank robbers, or grifters.
Jesse: You are the first human I've ever met, I wanted to know the truth.
Winnie: Jesse Tuck, you're the first human I've ever met that I've ever wanted to... to...
[Winnie leans in and kisses Jesse]
Winnie: To do that.
Angus Tuck: If there's one thing I've learned about people, it's that many will do anything, anything not to die. And they'll do anything to keep from living their life.
Narrator: For some time passes slowly, an hour can seem an eternity. For others there's never enough. For the Tucks, it didn't exist.
Narrator: Time is like a wheel. Turning and turning - never stopping. And the woods are the center; the hub of the wheel. It began the first week of summer, a strange and breathless time when accident, or fate, bring lives together. When people are led to do things, they've never done before. On this summersday, not so very long ago, the wheel set lives in motion in mysterious ways. It set Mae Tuck out in her wagon for the village of Tree Gap to meet her two sons as she did once every ten years.
Narrator: Winnie Foster was beginning to lose track of time. Had she been there a day? A week? A month? It seemed to Winnie that the Tucks lived in a way the rest of the world had forgotten. They where never in a hurry and did things the slow way. For the first time Winnie felt free to explore, to ask questions, to play.
Jesse: How am I supposed to take you home when I can't make my feet move from this spot? If I could die tomorrow I'd do it, just to spend one more night with you.
Mrs. Foster: [at her mother's funeral] Every time I look at you, you're different. I'm losing you, too.
Winnie: I'm right here.
Mrs. Foster: Forgive me, Winnie. I just wanted to keep you my little girl forever.
Jesse: Hey, Winnie Foster. You asleep?
Winnie: [groaning] Not anymore.
Jesse: Good. How would you like to see, the Eiffel Tower?
Winnie: What? Someday.
Jesse: No, right now, this instant. While the day is still ours.
Jesse: You shouldn't be in these parts of the woods. It's best you turn around and go home.
Jesse: Well, go on now, get!
Winnie: Excuse me, but I own these woods and I'll go on an get when I want to.
Winnie: I don't wanna die; is that wrong?
Angus Tuck: No. No human does. But it-it's part of the wheel... the same as being born.
[about their need to leave]
Mae Tuck: This isn't fair, Tuck.
Angus Tuck: No, it isn't. But since when has life ever been fair?
Man in the Yellow Suit: Hello, Mr. Tuck. You have no idea what a pleasure it is to meet you.
Angus Tuck: You're the man who's been following my boys. Been expecting you.
Man in the Yellow Suit: Yes, and here I am.
[the Man in the Yellow Suit is speaking candidly about immortality]
Young Pastor: You speak blasphemy, sir.
Man in the Yellow Suit: Fluently.
Jesse: There it is.
[Pointing to a mountain]
Winnie: This is the Eiffel Tower?
Jesse: The one in Paris - it's pretty tall. Mine is two feet higher.
Winnie: [They start to climb the mountain] Have you really seen the real one in Paris?
Jesse: Yes I have. And climbed 1.652 stairs to the top. Much easier than this. You doin' all right?
Winnie: I think so
Jesse: You're doin' great. Here
[Gives her a helping hand]
Winnie: If I went to the Eiffel Tower I would take one of those elevators.
Jesse: Not with me! You'd take of your shoes and walk up every single, solitary step.
Winnie: How old are you?
Jesse: You really wanna know?
Winnie: I'm serious.
Jesse: So am I!
[Thinks about it]
Jesse: Let's just call it 17.
Winnie: I can't swim.
Jesse: You're joshing me!
Winnie: I wish I were.
Jesse: So, you're afraid you'll drown, right? Swallow too much water, sink to the bottom and die!
Winnie: Thank you for putting it so vividly, and yes, considering I'd sink like a rock, drowning is a fair concern!
Jesse: Well, I guess I'm just gonna have to enjoy this all by myself.
Winnie: I'd be much abliged. But I want a drink first.
Jesse: No. You can't drink that water. It's poisoned.
Winnie: I saw you drink some.
Jesse: Well, now I'm feeling sick.
Winnie: You hardly look ill. I'm dry as dust.
Mr. Foster: Just... what is your game, sir?
Man in the Yellow Suit: What is my game? You detect in me a playful mood?
Jesse: I'm going to see the whole world, every speck of it. Heck, I may even find some new continents or something!
Narrator: Winnie Foster was to be sent 500 miles away to be educated, but what her parents didn't understand was that she only wanted to step outside her fence... so she did. What in these quiet woods should be so forbidden? Winnie had always sensed a mystey waiting for her there.
Miles: The water tasted like... heaven. It floated over your tongue like a cloud.