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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daisy
... Benjamin Button
... Caroline
... Dorothy Baker (as Faune Chambers)
... Monsieur Gateau
Donna Duplantier ... Blanche Devereux
Jacob Tolano ... Martin Gateau (as Jacob Wood)
Earl Maddox ... Man at Train Station
... Teddy Roosevelt
... Thomas Button
... Priest Giving Last Rites
... Doctor at Benjamin's Birth
Joeanna Sayler ... Caroline Button
... Queenie
... Tizzy (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
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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 »

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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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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,853,816, 28 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$127,509,326

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$333,932,083
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Benjamin is seen tinkering with an Enfield Bullet motorcycle. But it contains a "Black letter on White" number-plate. "Black on White" were introduced for private vehicles only by 2000. Earlier "Black on White" plates were for taxis; private vehicles had "White on black" plates. See more »

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[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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By special arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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A Masterpiece
2 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Brad Pitt is not just another handsome guy who's made it big in film. This guy is one hell of an actor who'll walk away with this year's Best Actor Oscar as will the movie garner 10 awards. It is simply a masterpiece; no words can aptly decribe the poignancy and beauty of this celluloid Renoir.

Kudos to two geniuses who wrote it;Eric Roth and Robin Swicord,masters of imagination. To think of the idea whereby the march of time runs clockwise for the entire world but backwards for Benjamin is, in itself, masterful. The concept allows for the type of intersection of people and events which has never been shown on the screen previously.

I suggest that no one reads anything about the plot because the entire impact of the film will be lost by doing so. See it with an open mind and you will be totally astounded for close to three hours. Every once in a while, a film of this brilliance comes along to take the public by storm, the last being "Million Dollar Baby," therefore get set for another movie treat of a lifetime.

Simply stated: this film is NOT to be missed.


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