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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 consequences.


David Fincher


Eric Roth (screenplay), Eric Roth (story) | 2 more credits »
503 ( 145)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 158 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Daisy
Brad Pitt ... Benjamin Button
Julia Ormond ... Caroline
Faune Chambers Watkins ... Dorothy Baker (as Faune Chambers)
Elias Koteas ... Monsieur Gateau
Donna Duplantier ... Blanche Devereux
Jacob Tolano ... Martin Gateau (as Jacob Wood)
Earl Maddox Earl Maddox ... Man at Train Station
Ed Metzger ... Teddy Roosevelt
Jason Flemyng ... Thomas Button
Danny Vinson ... Priest Giving Last Rites
David Jensen ... Doctor at Benjamin's Birth
Joeanna Sayler Joeanna Sayler ... Caroline Button
Taraji P. Henson ... Queenie
Mahershala Ali ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


During one scene, Benjamin can be seen reading Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe" which is also the name of the Melbourne suburb where Cate Blanchett (Daisy) grew up. See more »


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 »


[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 Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Best Avatars (2014) See more »


Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me)
Written by Dave Barbour (as Dave M. Barbour) & Peggy Lee
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Fincher's Benjamin Button Takes Us Places We Have Never Been Before!
2 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

There are moments in life where we all feel "different"! In the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, on the one-way highway of life, Benjamin Button lived and died…going the wrong way….Well, at least, COASTING the wrong way.

And therein lays perhaps the great flaw/conundrum in David Fincher's film: For 2 hours and 40 minutes, "Button" seems content to meander aimlessly and unhurriedly toward its, and his own, inevitable conclusion. Thusly, it must be frankly said that BUTTON, at times so languidly paced…prompts us to ask, was Fincher, the director, as appears to be the case with his lead character, seemingly not knowing or caring where he was going….If any place at all? What a shame! Because the basic premise is nothing short of breathtakingly original… Perhaps one of the most original concepts to arrive on the screen in the past decade! I will admit that I am conflicted on this point.

Perhaps the seeming pointlessness of Button's retro-existence is a bit of a metaphor for own lives, which, in the long term scheme of things, end up, do what we may, whether we like it or not, being hollow, devoid of purpose, simply inertia-driven and without any real merit or worthwhile impact. It shakes up our mindset, casting a shadow of doubt over our entire life/death belief system. In that sense, Fincher's film haunts me as almost no other film has. If this was one of his goals in making BUTTON, I would say he was quite successful!

Visually, this film borders on miraculous. Three well-deserved Oscars in Art Direction, Make-up and Visual Effects certainly back up my last statement. However, none of what you see is in-your-face. Every minute detail seems delicately integrated in a blissfully natural tapestry that is nothing short of inspired.

On that note, let's look at Brad Pitt's performance in the title role…An actor who, ever since his twitchy, neurotic, paranoid Jeffrey Goines in 12 MONKEYS, has never ceased to amaze us and certainly does not disappoint as the soft-spoken Button. Pitt's interpretation convincingly shows us a human being who has adapted to his unique condition and who has learned to take life one day at a time, virtually expectation free! Kate Blanchett as Daisy is superb! The singularity of the nature of her relationship with Button allows her to take the audience into uncharted cinematic territory and, oh, what a delicate and sophisticated journey she takes us on! David Fincher's Benjamin Button surely is an ageless film for the ages!


Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,853,816, 28 December 2008

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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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