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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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Death is the road to awe. 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?


Hugh Jackman had to shave off all of the hair on his head and chest for scenes in the last third of the movie. See more »


The second brightest star of Orion constellation, Betelgeuse, is missing in the sky views throughout the film. See more »


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

The entire credits run against a star field background, then at the very, very end there is one final sigh as they fade to black. See more »


References The Well (2000) See more »

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User Reviews

Absolutely Fantastic
28 September 2006 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Fantastic in every sense. This film is indeed poetry, and a beautiful testament to love and the cycle of life, and the impermanence of death. Wow. The script is tight, and the non-linear presentation works very well. The scene compositions were exquisite. The score enhanced without being overbearing, which is so often the case in contemporary film.

The acting is absolutely superb, but then it's got Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I can't imagine Brad Pitt doing any sort of justice to this film. Darren Aronofsky lucked out in the long run by getting someone who has the range to portray the vast emotions required for Tomas/Tommy/Tom. Weisz has the depth for regal intrigue and spirited grace. Their chemistry makes their stories even more entrancing.

This film does require a thinking brain to be appreciated.

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