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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.

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Eric Roth (story) | 2 more credits »
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362 ( 95)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 158 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Time is passing, even backwards. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Daisy reveals her age (in 1967) as 43. She was born in 1924. See more »

Goofs

A maroon 1963 Pontiac Starchief appears outside the dance studio shortly after it opens. It later passes Benjamin and Daisy while they ride the streetcar. It is seen once more passing by on the street as they celebrate Caroline's 1st birthday (in 1969). See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Dich, teure Halle
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Kirsten Flagstad
Courtesy of Simax Classics/Grappa Muskkforlag
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User Reviews

Outstanding
3 January 2009 | by lauconSee all my reviews

When I first heard about this movie, I thought it would be a dumb, overplayed sci-fi flick. But it wasn't that at all. This film was about a man who needed love, and found despite the most unlikely circumstances. This film was about the choices we make and how it affects us as individuals, our lives, the people around us and their lives, and the rest of the world. Its message was clear: life is a precious gift that must not be wasted. Another one of its important morals was that everyone is different; no one should be treated badly because of their differences. This movie had amazing moral character and showed a great knowledge of what life is about.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | French

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benjamin Button See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,853,816, 28 December 2008

Gross USA:

$127,509,326

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$335,802,786
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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