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The Fountain (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  22 November 2006 (USA)
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As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.



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Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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tree | eternity | love | future | space | See All (240) »


Death as an act of creation. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Man  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,768,702 (USA) (22 November 2006)


$10,139,254 (USA) (2 February 2007)

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Did You Know?


When the first version of the script was shelved and production was halted Darren Aronofsky rewrote the script and re-envisioned the film. The first version of the script was turned into a graphic novel illustrated by Kent Williams and released as a soft-cover and limited edition hardback book. The final version of the film, with its reduced budget and new leading cast, made extensive use of unique non-CGI special effects to save on production costs and give the picture a more "organic" feel. See more »


Tikal is mentioned by the queen's priest, however, it wasn't discovered until the mid 19th century, and the name Tikal ("place of voices") was applied only in the early 20th century by archaeologists. This scene is a novel-within-the-film written by Izzi Creo, whose research may not be perfect. See more »


[first lines]
Tomas Verde: Let us finish it.
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Crazy Credits

The movie ends with a white out, which represents the Big Bang or creation of the Universe. Following that, the white areas behind the credits condense, which correlates with the condensation of matter and ultimate large sale structure of the universe. These devolve to black screen, the early "opaque" stage of the universe, when early particle were forming. From this, stars begin to form, one by one until the credits end with a universe full of stars and the story of our universe to the present, told behind the credits. See more »


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Congratulations Aaronofsky! You redefined the sci-fi genre!
17 November 2006 | by (Dallas) – See all my reviews

Easily the best film I've seen this year. Although definitely not something for everyone, as a lot of people will probably think it's difficult (which it is). But going into the film open-minded, and just taking it all in (the beautiful cinematography/visual effects, powerful writing, wonderful direction) you'll no doubt have the time of your life. It's more thought provoking and emotionally/visually draining than anything else I've ever seen (somewhere along the lines of "Donnie Darko" or "2001"). I can't say enough good things about it honestly. I just can't wait to go see it again. No doubt a movie that will be talked about for years, and will probably be under-appreciated forever.

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