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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  25 December 2008 (USA)
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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Baker (as Faune Chambers)
Jacob Tolano ...
Martin Gateau (as Jacob Wood)
Earl Maddox ...
Priest Giving Last Rites
Doctor at Benjamin's Birth
Tizzy (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)


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


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Benjamin Button  »

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,853,816 (USA) (26 December 2008)


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

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Did You Know?


The musical in which Daisy performs and that Benjamin watches is Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 'Carousel' The performance is the dream ballet choreographed by Agnes de Mille. Daisy was talking to Benjamin about Agnes de Mille in their previous meeting. See more »


In 1945 when Daisy and Benjamin are having dinner, Daisy is smoking a filter cigarette. Filter cigarettes were not available until several years later. See more »


[first lines]
Daisy: What are you looking at, Caroline?
Caroline: The wind, mom.
Caroline: They say the hurricane is coming.
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount and Warner Bros. logos are in the form of mosaics constructed from several buttons. See more »


Referenced in Supernatural: The Curious Case of Dean Winchester (2009) See more »


Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Orchestra Del Teatro San Carlo
Conducted by Karl Böhm
Courtesy of Fono Enterprise s.r.l. and Opera d/Oro Records/Allegro Corporation
Additional vocal by Paula Gray
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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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