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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Baker (as Faune Chambers)
Donna Duplantier ...
Martin Gateau (as Jacob Wood)
Earl Maddox ...
Priest Giving Last Rites
Doctor at Benjamin's Birth
Johanna Roxanne ...
Caroline Button (as Joeanna Sayler)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1998, Ron Howard was set to direct, with John Travolta in the lead. See more »


Benjamin is sailing his father's sailboat on Lake Pontchartrain about 1962. It is a classic wooden vessel correct for the time period but has been outfitted with modern Harken brand ball bearing blocks (pulleys) that hadn't been invented yet. Harken blocks were introduced in 1968 for small racing dinghies. The type needed for a keel boat of that size weren't marketed until the early 70s. 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 end credits run as a slide show instead of the traditional upward scroll. See more »


References Carousel (1956) See more »


Written by Nat Burton, J.C. Johnson and George Whiting
Performed by The Boswell Sisters
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

"I was just thinking about how nothing lasts...and what a shame that is..."
25 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had been awaiting to see this movie for some time. Alas, it was Christmas Day and you bet I was there to see the movie on opening day. I set my expectations really high on this film. I expected nothing short of brilliance with a film coming from director David Fincher, director of the masterful "Zodiac" and screenwriter Eric Roth, writer of the classic "Forrest Gump". The acting is brilliant in the movie. Brad Pitt and the marvelous Cate Blanchett share a fire that resonates so effortlessly out to the audience. Other performances are notable as well, such as Taraji P. Henson's as Benjamin's mother, and Tilda Swinton's as Benjamin's first lover. Another notable achievement in the film is the visual effects; none of it is overdone and it is quite convincing. The music in the film is great as well. The haunting and mythical music is composed by Alexandre Desplat. One thing that did surprise me in the film was the amount of comedy present, but I guess comedy's needed for a tale with such sorrow. I really do think that this film is a classic. And I would go and see it again. When I was walking out of the theater, some people complained that the movie was very good, but that it was too long. I disagree; I actually didn't want it to end. It's the perfect film to watch all snuggled up in a blanket during the dead of winter. All things aside, this movie is about the short time we're given with life and how we are to make the most of it. Even with a story as fictional as Benjamin Button's, the message rings true.

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