The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

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Summary: 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 in Benjamin's diary are difficult for Caroline to read, especially as it relates to the time past this reconnection between Benjamin and Daisy, when Daisy gets older and Benjamin grows younger into his childhood years.
Runtime: 166 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking.
Production: Paramount Pictures
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Languages: English, French, Russian
Home Release Date: May 5, 2009
Director Credit
David Fincher Director
Writer Credit
Eric Roth Screenplay
F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story
Robin Swicord Screen Story
Principal Cast Credit
Cate Blanchett Daisy
Cast Credit
Danny Vinson Priest Giving Last Rites
David Jensen Doctor At Benjamin's Birth
Donna DuPlantier Blanche Devereux
Earl Maddox Man At Train Station
Ed Metzger Teddy Roosevelt
Elias Koteas Monsieur Gateau
Faune A. Chambers Dorothy Baker
Fiona Hale Mrs. Hollister
Jacob Tolano Martin Gateau
Jason Flemyng Thomas Button
Joeanna Sayler Caroline Button
Julia Ormond Caroline
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali Tizzy
Taraji P. Henson Queenie
Producer Credit
Ceán Chaffin Producer
Frank Marshall Producer
Jim Davidson Associate Producer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Marykay Powell Associate Producer
Peter Mavromates Associate Producer
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