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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

166 min
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
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David Fincher
Won 3 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 113 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2008-12-25
Filming Locations: Burbank, California, USA
Budget: $150,000,000
Opening Weekend: $26,853,816 (USA) (28 December 2008)
Gross: $127,509,326 (USA) (23 April 2009)
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Faune A. Chambers
Faune A. Chambers
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Madisen Beaty
Madisen Beaty
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cate Blanchett
Julia Ormond
Elias Koteas
Monsieur Gateau
Donna Duplantier
Blanche Devereux
Jacob Tolano
Martin Gateau
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
Caroline Button
Taraji P. Henson
Mahershala Ali
Tizzy (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
Fiona Hale
Mrs. Hollister
Patrick Thomas O'Brien
Dr. Rose
Marion Zinser
Mrs. Horton
Peter Donald Badalamenti II
Benjamin 1928-31
Danny Nelson
General Winston
Paula Gray
Sybil Wagner
Lance E. Nichols
Preacher (as Lance Nichols)
Rampai Mohadi
Ngunda Oti
Troi Bechet
Filamena Gilea
Phyllis Somerville
Grandma Fuller
Ted Manson
Mr. Daws
Clay Cullen
Young Mr. Daws
Edith Ivey
Mrs. Maple
Robert Towers
Benjamin 1932-34
Jared Harris
Captain Mike
Sonya Leslie
Daisy's Nurse
Yasmine Abriel
Prostitute with Benjamin
Tom Everett
Benjamin 1935-37
Don Creech
Prentiss Mayes
Christopher DesRoches
Vic Brody
Joshua DesRoches
Rick Brody
Richmond Arquette
John Grimm
Josh Stewart
Pleasant Curtis
Ilia Volok
Russian Interpreter
Tilda Swinton
Elizabeth Abbott
David Ross Paterson
Walter Abbott
Taren Cunningham
Young Elizabeth Abbott
Myrton Running Wolf
Dennis Smith
Stephen Monroe Taylor
Devyn A. Tyler
Queenie's Daughter Age 14 (as Devyn Tyler)
Adrian Armas
Wilbur Fitzgerald
TV Reporter
Ashley Nolan
Woman Doctor
Louis Herthum
Man at Caroline's Party
Katta Hules
Caroline Age 12
Rus Blackwell
Robert Williams
Joel Bissonnette
David Hernandez
Deneen Tyler
Queenie's Daughter Age 40 (as Deneen D. Tyler)
Spencer Daniels
Benjamin Age 12 - in the year 1991
Chandler Canterbury
Benjamin Age 8 - in the year 1995
Charles Henry Wyson
Benjamin Age 6 - in the year 1997
Jessica Cropper
Featured Dancer
Katherine Crockett
Featured Dancer
Leslie Augustine
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Blake Balu
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Aliane Baquerot
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Dewayne Bateman
Family Member (uncredited)
Brett Beoubay
1918 Police Officer (uncredited)
Eve Brent
Old Woman (uncredited)
David E. Brown
U.S. Lieutenant (uncredited)
Megan Brown
Woman Kissing Benjamin (uncredited)
Melissa Cabrera
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Clay Chamberlin
The Grumpy Sailor (uncredited)
Emma Degerstedt
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Walter Delmar
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Louis Dupuy
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Lori Enterline
Walk of Shame Girl (uncredited)
Marian Filali
Hospital Receptionist (uncredited)
Joe Fontana
Shrimper (uncredited)
Garrett Forbes
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Debby Gaudet
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Simone-Élise Girard
Parisian Woman (uncredited)
Geraldine Glenn
Family Member (uncredited)
Zuri Goldman
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Victoria Goulet
Russian Barmaid (uncredited)
Malerie Grady
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Derrick Guidry
Man in Church (uncredited)
Bob Harter
Man Who Buys Button House (uncredited)
Aaron Jennings Hartnell
American Ballet Theatre Judge (uncredited)
Tim Harvey
Soda Jerk (uncredited)
Emily Howe
French Nurse (uncredited)
Rhonda Huete
Button Factory Worker (uncredited)
Grant James
Joking Old Man (uncredited)
Christopher Karl Johnson
Medical Officer on Liberty Ship (uncredited)
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt
Caroline as Baby
Jeffrey Scott Jones
Submarine Gunner (uncredited)
Nadyia Jones
Loft Dancer (uncredited)
Marcus Kelley
Town person (uncredited)
Jonathan Lane
Usher at Theater (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc
Waitress (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc
Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Naima Lett
Madam (uncredited)
Heather Lipson
Ballerina - Audition / Fouette turns (uncredited)
Kevin Lorio
Streetcar Driver (uncredited)
Audrey Lynn
1920's Woman Strolling by Window (uncredited)
Alec Mazo
Daisy's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Angelina McCoy
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Valeska Miller
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Jay Oliver
Nolan House Resident (uncredited)
Michael Owens
Ballet Master (uncredited)
Antonia Putiloff
J.Meranda (voice) (uncredited)
Shawn Ramagos
Soldier (uncredited)
Bianca Roe
Ballerina Who Ties Up Shoelace (uncredited)
Ross Rouillier
1918 U.S. Lieutenant (uncredited)
Robert W. Savina
Man in Rowboat (uncredited)
Craig Sawyer
Chelsea Crewman (uncredited)
Andy Sims
Man in Wheelchair (uncredited)
Chaz Smith
Dock Worker (uncredited)
Logan Douglas Smith
Neighbor / Son of Nursing Home Elder (uncredited)
Terry Lee Smith
Rower (uncredited)
Lauren Swinney
Mrs. Carter (uncredited)
Jennifer Toffel
Head Nurse (uncredited)
Yvette Tucker
Carousel Dancer #3 (uncredited)
Daniel Vincent
Man Walking Past Benjamin (uncredited)
Gerrold Vincent
Extra (uncredited)
M. Jearl Vinot
Factory Worker (uncredited)
Gelsey Weiss
Dancer (uncredited)
Autumn Withers
Dancer (uncredited)
Brianna Womick
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Wozniak
World War I Officer
Did you know?
David Fincher directed Brad Pitt in 'Fight Club.' A nod to this film occurs when Benjamin's father asks about "the house on Paper Street."
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When Benjamin is seen reading a novel on "The Chelsea", a picture from F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Winter Dreams" is clearly seen.
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The film takes place on November 11, 1918 and in 1925, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1954, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1981, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2005.
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Benjamin narrates that he goes home in 1945, yet he is wearing glasses from the brand Ray-Ban that were not yet made until 1952, originally as an aviator sunglass.
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As Benjamin watches Daisy in the ballet, he says via narration he'd never seen New York before that. Earlier in the film as he describes his tugboat route, the Statue of Liberty can clearly be seen in the background. However, this indicates he only saw New York in passing.
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In 1935 Benjamin walks out onto the street pursued by young Daisy. A modern day fire hydrant (with the anti-turn valve on top) can be seen on the street.
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Benjamin Button: You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.
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Benjamin Button: I was thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is.
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Benjamin Button: You never know what's coming for you.
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
What is the song in the trailer?
How similar is the film to "Forrest Gump"?
Very much so. A number of people have noted the similarities, especially considering the two films were written by Eric Roth. Examples: A white man is born fatherless in the south with birth defects that lead many to think he may never walk nor live a normal life. His saintly mother believes in his potential anyway. At a young age, the man learns to walk and sheds his exoskeleton of locomotive aids. Around this time, he also meets the love of his life, a vivacious girl who grows into a bold woman who parts ways with the man to have her own wild adventures. Meanwhile, the man reaches adulthood, and puts in a wartime stint in the U.S. military. During this stint, the man proves at first an indifferent asset, but during his one firefight, he turns out to be very valuable, saving the day single-handedly, while also witnessing the death of one of his best friends. The man also spends much time on a small ocean vessel, serving alongside a rowdy, grizzled, hard-drinking man of the sea. This salty sailor serves as one of our man's two best male friends; the other is a black man who first teaches our man the lessons of friendship before departing forever. Our man wanders all around the world, his life brushing up against key historical moments of the 20th century. At some point he returns to his childhood home, and his mother dies. The man comes into considerable wealth through blind luck. Around this time, his lifelong love returns from her adventures, ready to commit to him. During their brief time together, they conceive a child. The couple part ways, due to the woman's perceived inability to take care of the man. He does not raise the child through its early years but later makes an appearance. The woman eventually dies in bed from illness. The man's later years are hardly touched on, even though the movie has lavished much attention on his early and middle years. The entire story dwells repeatedly on the theme of life's uncertainty and, in contrast, on the notion of fate or coincidence. The film's symbol for these themes is a small object seen hovering improbably in the air. A narrative frame scene punctuates the story, as does the main characters drawling voice-over. For more information on the comparison, see The Curious Case of Forrest Gump and this analysis.
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