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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

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Tizzy (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
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Storyline

On the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, elderly Daisy Williams (nee Fuller) is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin's diary recounts his entire extraordinary life, the primary unusual aspect of which was his aging backwards, being diagnosed with several aging diseases at birth and thus given little chance of survival, but who does survive and gets younger with time. Abandoned by his biological father, Thomas Button, after Benjamin's biological mother died in childbirth, Benjamin was raised by Queenie, a black woman and caregiver at a seniors home. Daisy's grandmother was a resident at that home, which is where she first met Benjamin. Although separated through the years, Daisy and Benjamin remain in contact throughout their lives, reconnecting in their forties when in age they finally match up. Some of the revelations ... Written by Huggo

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button | diary | aging | daughter | hurricane | See more »

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Life can only be understood backward. It must be lived forward. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,213,495 (UK) (6 February 2009)

Gross:

$127,490,802 (USA) (17 April 2009)
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Trivia

The hummingbird is the only bird in the world that can fly backwards. Hurricanes spin counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. These, among other "backward" motifs involving clocks and so on, tie in with the major thematic elements related to Benjamin Button living life in reverse. See more »

Goofs

The majority of the story is narrated by Benjamin, or at least written down in his diary. However, the entire 'butterfly effect' scene which he narrates as a prelude to informing us about Daisy's injury contains a number of assumptions and details that he would not have been privy to - the cab driver stopping for coffee, the gift not being wrapped etc. In this scene the narrator assumes omniscience and is not consistent with the rest of the narrative. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daisy: What are you looking at, Caroline?
Caroline: The wind, mom.
[yawns]
Caroline: They say the hurricane is coming.
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The end credits run as a slide show instead of the traditional upward scroll. See more »

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Referenced in Mr. Nobody (2009) See more »

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SO LONG BLUES
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Performed by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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A great, worth film
24 February 2009 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This film is worthy of a 10/10 rating simply because of its imaginative and complex nature, I mean, I couldn't bring myself to know why this simple idea of a man aging backwards hadn't sprouted up before. Set all the way back at the end of the Great War, to New Orlean's meeting with Hurricane Katrina, this movie tells the story of Benjamin Button, a baby born an old man of eighty, destined to die in the mere form of a zero-year-old. I found this movie very emotional and special because there's reeally nothing like it. I honestly thought, when I found out the immense length of the film, it was going to be boring....I was wrong, it gripped me from start to finish. There are many emotional and touching scenes in it, including the end, where it brings forth Benjamin Button's 'younger' years as an old man. Nothing went wrong with the cast, Brad Pitt played a great job as a reverse-aging man, and Cate went well as his childhood friend. Overall, this movie was great and I recommend it to anyone who loves the genre.


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