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The Fountain (2006)

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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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Darren Aronofsky

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Tomas / Tommy / Tom Creo
Rachel Weisz ... Isabel Creo
Ellen Burstyn ... Dr. Lillian Guzetti
Mark Margolis ... Father Avila
Stephen McHattie ... Grand Inquisitor Silecio
Fernando Hernandez Fernando Hernandez ... Lord of Xibalba
Cliff Curtis ... Captain Ariel
Sean Patrick Thomas ... Antonio
Donna Murphy ... Betty
Ethan Suplee ... Manny
Richard McMillan ... Henry
Lorne Brass Lorne Brass ... Dr. Alan Lipper
Abraham Aronofsky ... Lab Technician
Renee Asofsky Renee Asofsky ... Lab Technician
Anish Majumdar Anish Majumdar ... Dr. Spencer
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Storyline

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 »


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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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Maya

Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,768,702, 26 November 2006

Gross USA:

$10,144,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,978,422
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hugh Jackman recommended Darren Aronofsky cast Rachel Weisz in the film. Aronofsky and Weisz were in a relationship at the time, and so Aronofsky was against favoritism. But with Jackman's earnest recommendation, he consented to cast Weisz. See more »

Goofs

The seed Tommy is planting at the end is from a Liquidambar styraciflua, and should not be green during the heart of winter. Additionally, a L. styraciflua seed of this maturation is most likely immature and will not germinate, regardless of the season. See more »

Quotes

[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 scale structure of the universe. These devolve to a black screen, the early "opaque" stage of the universe, when early particles 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 »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally submitted to the BBFC on 30th June 2006, where it was passed with a 15 certificate. However, on 30th November 2006 the film was submitted again as a "re-edited" international version, with "changes made to reels 2, 3 and 5". This new version runs 16 seconds longer and was awarded a lower 12A certificate. The BBFC's website does not list the specific changes made. See more »

Connections

References Three Ages (1923) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Ambitious, Moving, and a Conversation Stimulator
19 November 2006 | by smash1464See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see a screening of The Fountain a few days before the official release date.

The music was hauntingly beautiful.

The use of micro-photography made the visual effects gorgeous. Still-shot images of this movie should be framed and hung wherever there are large groups of people present.

I was engrossed in the story. It's complex, yet basic at its core. I literally felt the tragedy of the situation. And despite connecting with that tragedy emotionally, I couldn't help but sit in awe as the credits began rolling. I felt neither depressed nor hopeful as the experience ended . I just felt spent, moved , and incredibly eager to engage in discussion.

I have a newfound respect for the talent of both Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. If I see either of them on the street I will feel compelled to offer a handshake.

I am convinced Darren Aronofsky is going to be regarded as one of the elite directors of our time before his career comes to an end.

Overall, this movie is layered in intriguing elements. I've heard it described as a poem, and I agree entirely. It's like a timeless poem in that it deserves to be revisited, both in viewings and in conversation.


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