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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
  • Release Date: 25 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 166 min
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  • IMDb page: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • Rate: 7.9/10 total 209,828 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
  • Release Date: 25 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 166 min
  • Filming Location: Burbank, California, USA
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Soundtrack: AMAZING GRACE
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Button | Diary | Aging | Daughter | Hospital

Writing Credits By:

  • Eric Roth (screenplay)
  • Eric Roth (story) and
  • Robin Swicord (story)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (short story)

Known Trivia

  • Filmmakers worked closely with Levi’s to obtain clothing items from their Levi’s Vintage Clothing collection to authenticate various time periods captured throughout the film.
  • Once attached to Tom Cruise as the lead, Steven Spielberg as director in the 1990s.
  • Rachel Weisz was considered for the role of Daisy, but turned down because of scheduling conflicts with the different filming dates of the film.
  • The second Hollywood feature film, after Denzel Washington’s Deja Vu, to film in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Early development of the film began in 1994.
  • In May 2004, it was first rumored that David Fincher was set to direct the movie. It was confirmed a year and a month after.
  • Danny Boyle pushed his Solomon Grundy project back because he thought this story and “Solomon Grundy” were too similar.
  • Was originally slated for a May 2008 release.
  • Spike Jonze was once in talks to direct this movie.
  • In 1998, Ron Howard was set to direct, with John Travolta in the lead.

Goofs: Anachronisms: The film seems to ignore the prohibition of alcohol from 1920-1932. It was only after prohibition that bourbon was widely available; prior to giving world-wide distribution of rye whiskey to Canada, when whiskey cocktails were made it was normally with the rye whiskey made by US distilleries. The original "Sazerac" was created in New Orleans in 1859 and named by John Stiller who owned the Sazerac Coffee House.

Plot: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. Full summary »  »

Story: 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…Written by Huggo  

Synopsis

Synopsis: The film opens up with a tight close up of a very old woman on her deathbed in the hospital. Theres a terrible storm raging outside the window. Clearly in pain, the old woman is struggling to speak and her daughter (Julia Ormond) is at her bedside. We can tell the mother is at the end of her life because when she cries out in pain and her daughter fetches the nurse, the nurse tells her that she can have as much pain medication as she wants. The daughter has come to say goodbye to her mother, but their relationship seems strained. The woman asks in a feeble voice for her daughter to bring her a diary from her belongings and to read it to her. The diary looks like a journal with tickets and photographs glued to the pages. The daughter begins reading from the diary and it turns out to be the story of Benjamin Button.

The story begins with the old woman, Daisy, reminiscing about a blind clockmaker who built a clock for Grand Central Terminal in New York. While he was building the clock, his only son goes off to war (WWI) and dies in battle. Through his grief, he continues building the clock. The reveal of the clock is a major event with President Theodore Roosevelt in attendance. When the clock is unveiled, the second hand surprisingly turns counterclockwise and the clock is measuring time backwards. The crowd is shocked and the clockmaker reveals that he wishes that time move backwards so that the events of the war can be reversed and that all the soldiers who died can return to their families. Shortly thereafter, the clockmaker closes his shop and disappears.

We then cut to the end of World War I in 1918. Throughout the streets of New Orleans, people are flooding the streets in celebration. A young man (Benjamins father), however, is rushing home to check on his wife who has just given birth. His wife appears to have hemorrhaged during childbirth and is on the brink of death. The presence of the priest who has come to give her last rites confirms this. Before she takes her last breath, she asks her husband to ensure that their child have a place in this world. Benjamins father promises and shortly thereafter the mother expires. He approaches the crib and the attending nurse tries to warn him, but he cries out in horror when he lifts the blanket and sees his son for the first time. He then grabs the baby and tears out of the door. He runs madly into the street with the baby crying wildly and eventually stops at the banks of the river. He contemplates throwing the baby into the river when a policeman stops him and chases him. Benjamins father frantically runs away and eventually stops at the porch of a large house. He hears people inside the house and then impulsively places his baby on the steps of the house and leaves whatever money he has with the baby.

Within seconds, a young black couple come out of the house. Theyre flirting with each other, completely unaware of the baby. They begin to descend the stairs and one of them almost trips on the baby. The woman, Queenie, picks up the baby and we see that Benjamin looks like an octogenarian infant. Despite the protests of her husband, she decides to take the baby in. She brings the baby into the house and puts him in the top drawer of her dresser. When the doctor examines Benjamin, he tells her that the baby suffers from arthritis, is nearly blind from cataracts and has osteoporosis. No one expects the baby to survive long. Unable to have a child of her own, Queenie decides that Benjamin is a child of God and takes on the responsibility of raising him. She names him Benjamin and introduces him to the elderly tenants of the house (shes running a retirement home) as her sisters child. The elderly tenants seem to be unfazed by Benjamins unusual appearance. One elderly woman even remarks that he looks just like her ex-husband.

Over the next few years, we see Benjamin spend his early years as a short, frail, bald elderly man with glasses when in fact, he is only 5 years old. He calls Queenie Mama and his mannerisms and impulses are very childlike. Although hes fully grown in size, Queenie still bathes him and scolds him like a child when he tries to wander off. He begins to learn to read but cannot walk and is confined to a wheelchair. Then one day, Queenie takes him to an evangelical healer. After healing Queenies infertility, he commands Benjamin to walk during a dramatic healing. After Benjamin stumbles and takes his first steps, the preacher suddenly drops to the floor and dies.

Benjamin progresses physically, being able to walk with the help of crutches. He soon befriends a charming Pygmy man who takes Benjamin into town and they seem to connect over their uniqueness. When the Pygmy leaves Benjamin to visit a prostitute, Benjamin misses the last streetcar and must walk home on his crutches. Although Queenie greets him with a harsh scolding, Benjamin remembers his first taste of freedom as one of the best days of his life.

Queenie throws a party at the retirement home for visitors, and Benjamin, now able to walk without crutches, soon meets the granddaughter of one of the tenants. Shes a striking red-haired girl with blue eyes named Daisy. Benjamin develops an instant boyish crush on her even though he appears to be an elderly man. In his diary, Benjamin remembers this as the day he fell in love with Daisy. During the party, Queenie announces that shes pregnant and Benjamin feels slightly jealous.

Benjamin and Daisy quickly form a bond. They curl up with Daisys grandmother as she reads them childrens stories. Daisy is quick to realize that Benjamin is no ordinary elderly man because of his childlike ways. They spend a lot of time together and sneak off one night to talk but are caught by Daisys grandmother who accuses Benjamin of inappropriate motives. Queenie tells Benjamin that hes no ordinary child, that hes a man-child, and that people will misunderstand him. When Benjamin returns to his room, his elderly roommate talks about how he was struck by lightning seven times. Throughout the course of the film, the random circumstances in which he was struck by lightning are revealed for laughs.

Benjamin begins to grow physically and can bathe himself now and seems to be going through puberty even though he still looks elderly. He gains muscle tone and his teeth look healthier. While getting his hair cut by an elderly woman at Queenies house, he remarks that with every day he feels he is growing younger. The woman replies that it must be sad to grow younger and watch the people you love die before you. While Benjamin reflects on this remark, the woman adds that if we didnt lose the people that we love, we wouldnt know how important they are to us. Benjamin later talks about some of the elderly tenants who died during their stay and the things they taught him.

Benjamin visits the docks of the harbor and one day volunteers to work for a salty tugboat captain named Captain Mike. Despite his elderly appearance, Captain Mike agrees to take Benjamin on and we see Benjamin mostly scrubbing the decks and doing light work. This is all very exciting to Benjamin and the two quickly become friends.

During the course of conversation, Captain Mike learns that Benjamin is still a virgin. Captain Mike decides to take Benjamin to a brothel to fix that. At the brothel, a drunk Captain Mike rants about being a self-proclaimed artist and not a tugboat captain like his father, and then undresses to reveal his self-inked tattoos — hes a tattoo artist. He then harps on about his hummingbird tattoo and what a remarkable bird it is.

Although Benjamin’s appearance creeps the prostitutes out, one sympathetic prostitute reluctantly agrees to sleep with him. With the sexual vigor of a teenager, Benjamin wears the prostitute out and agrees to come visit her every day except Sunday (her day off). As hes leaving, we see Benjamins father exiting the brothel and he intuitively recognizes Benjamin as his son. Benjamins father, Thomas Button, offers to give Benjamin a ride home in his fancy, chauffeur driven car. They stop at a bar for Benjamins first drink. They drink and talk until the bar closes and then Tom drives Benjamin home. After Queenie chastises him for staying out late, Benjamin throws up from his first night of binge drinking.

One day, Benjamin sneaks the nine-year-old Daisy out for a ride on Captain Mikes tugboat. Still drunk from the previous nights drinking, Captain Mike reluctantly agrees to take them out to sea. The tugboat passes a cruise ship and the captain waves to Benjamin and Daisy. Daisy remarks how she wishes she could be on a cruise ship like that.

At about 17, Benjamin still looks like an older man but desires to leave home and work on Captain Mikes tugboat. Daisy is about 12 and makes Benjamin promise that he write to her from wherever he travels to. While Benjamin travels from harbor to harbor on the tugboat, we watch Daisy grow up and train as a ballet dancer. During his travels, Benjamin befriends an unhappily married Englishwoman named Elizabeth (Tilda Swinton) at the hotel he lives in. They end up talking all night almost every night, and she tells Benjamin that she attempted to swim the English Channel when she was 19 but gave up before she could finish. She introduces Benjamin to the finer things in life like caviar and vodka and she tells him about the places hes never seen like Asia. They eventually start an affair and spend every night together. Benjamin writes to Daisy and tells her that hes fallen in love. Then, one night, Elizabeth disappears, leaving only an impersonal note saying it was nice to have met him.

Captain Mike announces to the crew that the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor and that hes contracted with the US Navy to support the war effort. The cook decides to leave the crew and be with his wife, so Benjamin steps in as cook. The tugboat gets its first taste of war when the crew shows up to the remains of a naval ship carrying soldiers that was just bombed. The tugboat soon catches the eye of the enemy submarine and the crew springs into action, heroically deciding to collide with the submarine and sink it. Gunners on both the tiny tugboat and the submarine exchange fire and ultimately, the tugboat maneuvers itself onto the submarine and sinks it. Captain Mike and several of the crew are wounded and die as a result. Benjamin survives and passes on Captain Mikes earnings to his wife. As he throws out the lifesaver from the tugboat out to sea, a hummingbird flies up from the lifesaver and whizzes by Benjamin. He remarks that he never again saw a hummingbird in the open sea.

Returning to Queenies house from the war, Benjamin now looks about 50. Daisy makes a surprise visit and shes about 20. She doesnt recognize Benjamin at first, but after a brief reunion, they decide to go out on a date. At dinner, Daisy talks incessantly about her passion, dancing, and Benjamin cant really get in a word edgewise. Their date ends at a romantic lake where Daisy attempts to seduce Benjamin by doing some impressive ballet moves and talking about her promiscuous life in the ballet company. Benjamin, however, refuses to sleep with Daisy and she leaves disappointed.

Benjamins father, Thomas Button, meets up with Benjamin again. Thomas Button walks with a crutch due to an infection in his foot and his health is failing. He invites Benjamin out to dinner and then shows him his button factory. He then reveals to Benjamin that he is his father and shows him pictures of their family. Benjamin has a hard time taking it all in, but eventually realizes that Thomas wants to reconcile with him before he dies. Thomas promises to leave Benjamin everything. Before Thomas dies, Benjamin takes him to the lake to watch the sunrise and both men are at peace with the past.

Benjamin later comes to New York to see Daisy in a production of Carousel. Hes moved by her dancing, but Daisy is a little startled to see him come backstage. Refusing his invitation to dinner, she invites him to come out with her dancer friends. Surrounded by young people and watching Daisy flirt with her new boyfriend, Benjamin realizes that theyre worlds apart. Disappointed, he goes back home to Queenies house. Back in todays world, the dying Daisy tells her daughter that Benjamin came to tell her that his father had just died but she was 23 and foolishly wrapped up in her own world. Daisy then shows her daughter pictures of her as a young dancer and reveals that she was the first American to be invited to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet. (You begin to understand that Daisy has held back a lot from her daughter.) Daisy remarks that even though she had many lovers in her youth, she always thought about Benjamin and felt connected to him. Meanwhile, the storm rages on outside the hospital window and the news report reveals that it is, in fact, Hurricane Katrina.

Daisy is now dancing with a ballet company in Paris. Benjamin narrates a series of events that make up a chain reaction resulting in Daisy getting hit by a taxi. A friend wires Benjamin the news about Daisy and he comes to Paris to see her. We learn that the car crushed Daisys right leg and thus ended her dancing career. Full of both angry pride and shame, Daisy tells Benjamin to leave her alone. He leaves, but as the diary reveals, Benjamin stays in Paris for a while to look out for Daisy. As her daughter reads from Benjamins diary, the modern Daisy had no idea he had stayed in Paris and begins to weep. Although he was in love with Daisy, Benjamin reveals he slept with several women while in Paris.

A few years later, Benjamin appears to be about 40 and we see him speeding on a motorcycle and wearing aviator sunglasses, a dead ringer for James Dean. Daisy, having recovered and able to walk again, visits Benjamin at Queenies house. She asks him to sleep with her and he promptly says yes. They visit the same lake Benjamin took his father to and as they watch the sunrise, Daisy promises to never indulge in self-pity again. They end up traveling together and living on the sailboat Thomas Button left his son. When they return from their travels, Queenies house is empty and the couple learn that Queenie has just died. They attend her funeral services and Benjamin sells his fathers house. He and Daisy buy a duplex and spend all their time as a young 40ish couple in their sparely furnished apartment. They make love all day and watch the Beatles on American TV for the first time.

Renewing her love for dance, Daisy has opened up a dance studio and teaches little girls. She is dancing in front of the mirror one day when her leg injury reminds her of her limitations. In spite of this, Benjamin, who is watching, clearly still loves and admires Daisy. She remarks that theyve finally met halfway in time (Benjamin is 49 and Daisy is 43), and then Daisy reveals that shes pregnant. Months later, Benjamin expresses his concern that the baby will be like him but Daisy assures him that she will love the baby even more if it is. Before they leave the diner, Benjamin sees Elizabeth on TV, celebrated as the oldest woman to swim the English Channel (shes 68). Later, Daisy delivers a perfectly healthy baby girl and names it after Benjamins mother, Caroline. (According to imdb.com, the baby is actually played by Brad Pitts real daughter, Shiloh, at 10 months.)

Back to modern times, the daughter suddenly realizes from reading the diary that Benjamin is her real father. Daisy had remarried and the daughter, Caroline, had grown up thinking that her stepfather was her birth father. Visibly upset, Caroline leaves and smokes in another room before a nurse tells she cant smoke indoors. She comes back and resumes reading from the diary.

Benjamin is clearly worried about being able to care for his wife and child as he grows younger and younger. Daisy is adamantly optimistic and assures Benjamin that she can care for him and the baby, but Benjamin is not convinced. He tells her that she would be disappointed with such a life and that the baby deserves a father and not a playmate. He tells Daisy that he wants Caroline to have a real father and that he wants to leave before she can remember him. Daisy begins to worry that he is no longer attracted to her as she continues aging and he becomes more youthful. After Carolines first birthday, Benjamin sells his fathers button factory, the sailboat, the summer cottage and all his assets and leaves all money in bank’s safe deposit for Carolines & Daisay before walking out the door. The modern day Daisy reveals to Caroline that she soon met Carolines father shortly thereafter and that Benjamin was right, she wasnt strong enough to raise the both of them alone. She doesnt know what Benjamin did during that time, but the diary reveals he did visit Daisy once more.

Now about 23 years old in appearance, Benjamin visits Daisys dance studio one night and Daisy, now about 60, is startled by his return. Benjamin is youthful and strikingly handsome while Daisy has naturally aged. He meets his teenage daughter and Daisys husband. The husband and daughter wait in the parking lot while Benjamin and Daisy talk. She explains that her husband is a widower and that Caroline has a lot of Benjamins attributes. Daisy leaves with her family but later comes to Benjamins room at night. Although clearly embarrassed by his striking youth juxtaposed with her aging body, Daisy cannot suppress her desire to be with him. Its quite obvious though, that Benjamins love for Daisy has not waned and the two make love before Daisy says goodbye one last time. The modern day Caroline remembers the visit from the mysterious stranger and then finds postcards in the diary from Benjamin addressed to Caroline on several of her birthdays. With each postcard, Benjamin expresses his regret that he wasnt there during key milestones in life, like her first day at school and her first heartache.

We then see Benjamin live out his 20s, drifting and traveling. He wanders around India and works odd jobs, often sleeping in abandoned buildings. Then one day, Daisy receives a mysterious phone call and takes a cab to Queenies house. Child Protective Services has found Benjamin, now a minor, living in an abandoned building in New Orleans. They managed to trace Daisy from all the references to her in his diary. We see that Benjamin is now a pimply 12 year old who is afraid of human contact and is showing signs of dementia. He doesnt remember Daisy but feels like he should know her. The modern day Daisy then narrates that she moved into Queenies house to care for Benjamin. We see Benjamin as a difficult seven year old showing signs of Alzheimers disease (i.e. he throws a tantrum because he doesnt remember eating breakfast). Like a loving and patient grandmother, Daisy seems to be able to calm him and she reads to him from the same childrens book her grandmother once read to her and Benjamin. In one heartbreaking scene, Benjamin regresses to a four year old and talks about having the feeling that hes lived an entire life but cant remember any of it. Another day, he ends up on the roof and Daisy talks him down. We then see him regress to a toddler and then finally an infant in elderly Daisys arms. Daisy narrates that one day, Benjamin took one last knowing look at her and then died in her arms.

Fully spent by this story, Daisy and her daughter share a sense of relief and closure that comes with the revelation of long-hidden truths. In the background, Hurricane Katrina is getting dangerously near the hospital and soon diverts Carolines attention away from her mother. Daisy looks to the window and sees a hummingbird approach and then fly away into the storm. The camera pans out to reveal hospital staff scurrying to evacuate patients and transport medical supplies. We then see a montage of some of the memorable characters from the film, spoken of by Ben himself, and ending with the hurricane’s waters washing into a storeroom where sits the old clock, still ticking backwards.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Ceán Chaffin known as producer
  • Jim Davidson known as associate producer
  • Kathleen Kennedy known as producer
  • Frank Marshall known as producer
  • Peter Mavromates known as associate producer
  • Marykay Powell known as associate producer
  • Tommy Turtle known as producer: India and Cambodia

FullCast & Crew:

  • Cate Blanchett known as Daisy
  • Brad Pitt known as Benjamin Button
  • Julia Ormond known as Caroline
  • Faune A. Chambers known as Dorothy Baker (as Faune Chambers)
  • Elias Koteas known as Monsieur Gateau
  • Donna Duplantier known as Blanche Devereux
  • Jacob Tolano known as Martin Gateau (as Jacob Wood)
  • Earl Maddox known as Man at Train Station
  • Ed Metzger known as Teddy Roosevelt
  • Jason Flemyng known as Thomas Button
  • Danny Vinson known as Priest Giving Last Rites
  • David Jensen known as Doctor at Benjamin's Birth
  • Joeanna Sayler known as Caroline Button
  • Taraji P. Henson known as Queenie
  • Mahershala Ali known as Tizzy (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
  • Fiona Hale known as Mrs. Hollister
  • Patrick Thomas O'Brien known as Dr. Rose
  • Marion Zinser known as Mrs. Horton
  • Peter Donald Badalamenti II known as Benjamin 1928-31 (as Peter Badalamenti)
  • Danny Nelson known as General Winston
  • Paula Gray known as Sybil Wagner
  • Lance E. Nichols known as Preacher (as Lance Nichols)
  • Rampai Mohadi known as Ngunda Oti
  • Troi Bechet known as Filamena Gilea
  • Phyllis Somerville known as Grandma Fuller
  • Elle Fanning known as Daisy Age 7
  • Ted Manson known as Mr. Daws
  • Clay Cullen known as Young Mr. Daws
  • Edith Ivey known as Mrs. Maple
  • Robert Towers known as Benjamin 1932-34
  • Jared Harris known as Captain Mike
  • Sonya Leslie-Shepherd known as Daisy's Nurse (as Sonya Leslie)
  • Yasmine Abriel known as Prostitute with Benjamin
  • Madisen Beaty known as Daisy Age 10
  • Tom Everett known as Benjamin 1935-37
  • Don Creech known as Prentiss Mayes
  • Christopher Maxwell known as Vic Brody
  • Joshua DesRoches known as Rick Brody
  • Richmond Arquette known as John Grimm
  • Josh Stewart known as Pleasant Curtis
  • Ilia Volok known as Russian Interpreter
  • Tilda Swinton known as Elizabeth Abbott
  • David Ross Paterson known as Walter Abbott
  • Taren Cunningham known as Young Elizabeth Abbott
  • Myrton Running Wolf known as Dennis Smith
  • Stephen Taylor known as Sailor (as Stephen Monroe Taylor)
  • Devyn A. Tyler known as Queenie's Daughter Age 14 (as Devyn Tyler)
  • Adrian Armas known as David
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald known as TV Reporter
  • Ashley Nolan known as Woman Doctor
  • Louis Herthum known as Man at Caroline's Party
  • Katta Hules known as Caroline Age 12
  • Rus Blackwell known as Robert Williams
  • Joel Bissonnette known as David Hernandez
  • Deneen Tyler known as Queenie's Daughter Age 40 (as Deneen D. Tyler)
  • Spencer Daniels known as Benjamin Age 12 – in the year 1991
  • Chandler Canterbury known as Benjamin Age 8 – in the year 1995
  • Charles Henry Wyson known as Benjamin Age 6 – in the year 1997
  • Jessica Cropper known as Featured Dancer
  • Katherine Crockett known as Featured Dancer
  • Leslie Augustine known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Blake Balu known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Aliane Baquerot known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Dewayne Bateman known as Family Member (uncredited)
  • Brett Beoubay known as 1918 Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Eve Brent known as Old Woman (uncredited)
  • Megan Brown known as Woman Kissing Benjamin (uncredited)
  • Melissa Cabrera known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Clay Chamberlin known as The Grumpy Sailor (uncredited)
  • Bianca Chiminello known as Ballerina Who Ties Up Shoelace (uncredited)
  • Lauri Christi known as Walk of Shame Girl (uncredited)
  • Emma Degerstedt known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Walter Delmar known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Louis Dupuy known as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Marian Filali known as Hospital Receptionist (uncredited)
  • Joe Fontana known as Shrimper (uncredited)
  • Garrett Forbes known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Debby Gaudet known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Simone-Élise Girard known as Parisian Woman (uncredited)
  • Geraldine Glenn known as Family Member (uncredited)
  • Zuri Goldman known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Victoria Goulet known as Russian Barmaid (uncredited)
  • Malerie Grady known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Derrick Guidry known as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Bob Harter known as Man Who Buys Button House (uncredited)
  • Aaron Jennings Hartnell known as American Ballet Theatre Judge (uncredited)
  • Tim Harvey known as Soda Jerk (uncredited)
  • Emily Howe known as French Nurse (uncredited)
  • Rhonda Huete known as Button Factory Worker (uncredited)
  • Grant James known as Joking Old Man (uncredited)
  • Christopher Karl Johnson known as Medical Officer on Liberty Ship (uncredited)
  • Shiloh Jolie-Pitt known as Caroline as Baby (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Scott Jones known as Submarine Gunner (uncredited)
  • Nadyia Jones known as Loft Dancer (uncredited)
  • Antonia Kanischtscheff known as J.Meranda (voice) (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Lane known as Usher at Theater (uncredited)
  • Cynthia LeBlanc known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Elton LeBlanc known as Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
  • Naima Lett known as Madam (uncredited)
  • Heather Lipson known as Ballerina – Audition / Fouette turns (uncredited)
  • Kevin Lorio known as Streetcar Driver (uncredited)
  • Audrey Lynn known as 1920's Woman Strolling by Window (uncredited)
  • Alec Mazo known as Daisy's Boyfriend (uncredited)
  • Angelina McCoy known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Jay Oliver known as Nolan House Resident (uncredited)
  • Michael Owens known as Ballet Master (uncredited)
  • Nick Reasons known as Party Goer (uncredited)
  • Ross Rouillier known as 1918 U.S. Lieutenant (uncredited)
  • Robert W. Savina known as Man in Rowboat (uncredited)
  • Craig Sawyer known as Chelsea Crewman (uncredited)
  • Andy Sims known as Man in Wheelchair (uncredited)
  • Chaz Smith known as Dock Worker (uncredited)
  • Logan Douglas Smith known as Neighbor / Son of Nursing Home Elder (uncredited)
  • Terry Lee Smith known as Rower (uncredited)
  • Lauren Swinney known as Mrs. Carter (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Toffel known as Head Nurse (uncredited)
  • Yvette Tucker known as Carousel Dancer #3 (uncredited)
  • Daniel Vincent known as Man Walking Past Benjamin (uncredited)
  • Gelsey Weiss known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Autumn Withers known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Brianna Womick known as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Michael Wozniak known as World War I Officer (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Peter Abrahamson known as special makeup effects puppeteer
  • Wade Ackley known as shop coordinator
  • Jessica Anderson-Abbott known as key make up artist: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Martin Astles known as makeup effects sculptor
  • Jean Ann Black known as makeup department head (as Jean Black)
  • Carla Brenholtz known as makeup artist: New Orleans
  • Colleen Callaghan known as hair department head
  • Greg Cannom known as special makeup creator and applicator
  • Jerry Constantine known as special makeup effects technician
  • Dan Crawley known as special makeup effects technician
  • John Jack Curtin known as key hair stylist: New Orleans
  • Fionagh Cush known as key makeup artist
  • Beatrice De Alba known as hair stylist: Cate Blanchett
  • Theresa A. Fleming known as hair stylist: New Orleans
  • Zack Fox known as mufx assistant coordinator
  • Chris Gallaher known as special makeup effects artist
  • Ulla Gaudin known as hair stylist (as Ulla Aricayos)
  • Aaron Globerman known as silicon technician
  • Réjean Goderre known as key hairdresser: extras, Montreal
  • Allison Gordin known as makeup artist: New Orleans
  • Stacey Herbert known as makeup artist: New Orleans
  • Will Huff known as special makeup effects artist
  • Mark Jacyszyn known as special makeup effects production supervisor
  • Jason James known as dental technician
  • Brian A. Jones known as special makeup effects artist
  • Susan V. Kalinowski known as key hair stylist (as Susan Kalinowski)
  • Sean Kenney known as lens technician
  • Jim Knell known as production photographer
  • Raymonde Laliberté known as assistant hairdresser: extras, Montreal
  • Annick Legout known as assistant makeup artist: extras, Montreal
  • Harvey Lowry known as supervisor of operations
  • Christopher Xavier Lozano known as makeup effects imaging
  • Brian Meck known as silicon technician
  • Yolanda Mercadel known as hair stylist: New Orleans
  • Donita Miller known as hair stylist: New Orleans (as Donita Sather)
  • Mark Nieman known as special makeup effects artist
  • Alexei O'Brien known as special makeup effects artist
  • Elaine L. Offers known as makeup artist: Ms. Blanchett (as Elaine Offers)
  • Eden Orfanos known as makeup artist
  • Susan 'Star' Orr known as hair stylist: New Orleans
  • Art Pimentel known as special makeup effects artist
  • Paige Reeves known as makeup artist: New Orleans
  • Kellie Robinson known as makeup artist
  • Marie Régimbald known as assistant makeup artist: extras, Montreal
  • Liah Saldaña known as makeup effects imaging
  • Ghislaine Sant known as assistant hairdresser: extras, Montreal
  • Diane Simard known as key makeup artist: extras, Montreal
  • Brian Sipe known as makeup effects supervisor
  • Donna Spahn known as hair stylist: New Orleans
  • Miles Teves known as makeup effects sculptor
  • Heba Thorisdottir known as makeup department head: additional photography, Los Angeles
  • Kazuhiro Tsuji known as special makeup effects artist
  • Todd Tucker known as makeup effects shop supervisor
  • Shane E. Weaver known as makeup effects production assistant
  • Steve Winsett known as special makeup effects technician
  • Natasha Ladek known as wig maker (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Tim Ackers known as on-set painter
  • Vincent Aird known as set dresser: Montreal
  • Gregory P. Alcus known as on-set dresser
  • Michael Alvarado known as plaster foreperson
  • Michael Arena known as greensperson: New Orleans
  • Art Arnone known as set dresser: day hire
  • Cecile Aymami known as on-set painter: New Orleans
  • Simon Belleau known as assistant painter: Montreal
  • Pierre Bellemare known as scenic technician: Montreal
  • Richard Bennett known as illustrator
  • Kristin Bicksler known as assistant set decorator: New Orleans
  • Scott C. Bivona known as greensperson: New Orleans
  • Paul Blanchard known as set dresser: New Orleans
  • Vincent Brabant known as props: day hire
  • Gail Briant known as signwriter: New Orleans
  • David Keith Broome known as greensperson: New Orleans
  • Jeff Brown known as greens person
  • Michael E. Bucaro known as plaster foreperson
  • Bryan Buckler known as welding foreman
  • John Bugarcic known as painter foreman
  • William Burck known as paint utility
  • Jennifer Bydwell known as clearances: Montreal
  • Benoit Camerlain known as assistant painter
  • Lorrie Campbell known as set designer
  • Annie Carpentier known as prop buyer: Montreal
  • Jerry Carville known as construction accountant
  • Cassie Catalanotto known as drapery
  • Cassie Catalanotto known as set dresser
  • Monique Champagne known as buyer: New Orleans
  • Jocelyn Charbonneau known as scenic technician: Montreal
  • Kenneth Chauvin known as set dresser: New Orleans
  • Daniel Coe known as carpenter
  • Antoine Connoly known as on-set painter: Montreal
  • Richard Crain known as gang boss
  • Donn Cross known as paint foreman
  • Isabelle Côté known as graphic designer: Montreal
  • James E. Day III known as toolperson
  • Christian Robert de Massy known as illustrator: Montreal
  • Luc De Schutter known as scenic painter: Montreal
  • Sam Dean known as metal worker
  • Byron Denson known as labor foreperson: New Orleans
  • Jean Dery known as scenic painter: Montreal
  • Gina M. Di Santo known as set decorating coordinator
  • Lisa D. DiSanto known as art department coordinator
  • John Dugan known as plaster foreperson
  • James Dupuy known as gang boss
  • Ryan Martin Dwyer known as assistant property master
  • Christopher Elledge known as set dresser
  • Perry E. Ellis known as on-set dresser
  • Kasra Farahani known as conceptual illustrator
  • Francesco Ferrara known as painter
  • Jane Fitts known as graphic designer
  • David Gabrielli known as location foreman
  • Vincent Morin Gagnon known as scenic technician: Montreal
  • Jeff Garbacz known as carpenter
  • Melissa Gelmo known as set dresser: day hire
  • Alain Giguère known as head scenic painter: Montreal
  • Martine Giguère-Kazemirchuk known as assistant set decorator: Montreal
  • Vincent Gingras-Liberali known as assistant art director: Montreal
  • Jonathan Graubarth known as prop buyer
  • Jonathan Graubarth known as props: New Orleans
  • Caleb Guillotte known as set dresser: New Orleans
  • Mary Gustafson known as paint foreperson
  • Mark Haas known as carpenter
  • Nathan Haas known as set dresser
  • Robert M. Hagman known as mill foreman
  • Kevin Harber known as welder
  • Beau Harrison known as props
  • Claire Hassig known as scenic artist
  • Joe A. Hawthorne known as paint foreperson
  • Nelson Hawthorne known as paint foreperson
  • Aaron Haye known as assistant art director
  • Christopher Hayes known as set dresser
  • Mark Heard known as paint foreperson
  • Ryan Heck known as set designer: New Orleans
  • Erin Hennessey known as chief carpenter
  • Bill Hickey known as foreperson: New Orleans
  • Natalie Hile known as paint foreperson
  • J. Bryan Holloway known as lead sculptor
  • Sara L. Holman known as set decoration staff assistant: New Orleans
  • Bart C. Hubenthal known as on-set dresser
  • Christian Humphreys known as construction medic
  • Andrew Hutchings known as assistant to set decorating department
  • Marc-Andre Jalbert known as scenic technician: Montreal
  • Johnnie Jenkins known as construction accountant
  • Stuart John known as construction foreman
  • Michael A. Johnson known as leadperson: New Orleans
  • Robert Joy known as greensperson: New Orleans
  • Dave Kelsey known as draftsman: New Orleans (as David Kelsey)
  • Jonas Kirk known as construction coordinator
  • Joel Klaff known as set dresser: New Orleans
  • Chris Klein known as scenic painter: Montreal
  • Mark Knapton known as foreman
  • Teri Anne Kopp known as props
  • Dylan La Frenière known as head greensman: Montreal
  • Nicole LaBranche known as art department staff assistant: New Orleans
  • Gerald J. Lajaunie known as welder
  • Hans Laliberté known as assistant art department coordinator: Montreal
  • Michel R. Lambert known as scenic technician: Montreal
  • Sidney J. Lambert known as set dresser: New Orleans
  • Allan Lane known as set dresser
  • David Laramy known as assistant set dresser: Montreal
  • Félix Larivière-Charron known as assistant art director: Montreal
  • Alexander Lasseigne III known as set dresser: day hire
  • Bobby Laux known as key labor foreperson
  • Leonard Lavigueur known as props: New Orleans
  • John Lavis known as construction medic
  • Tammy S. Lee known as set designer
  • Andrew H. Lewis known as painter
  • Lindanne Lewis known as plaster crew
  • Joseph Magazenni known as assistant to art department
  • Jean-Phillipe Marsan known as assistant set dresser: Montreal
  • Masako Masuda known as set designer
  • Trey Merrill known as propmaker
  • Molly Mikula known as set designer: New Orleans
  • Tom Miller known as property assistant
  • Louis Montplaisir known as assistant painter: Montreal
  • Jennifer Mueller known as assistant to art department
  • Joseph Musso known as production illustrator
  • Vidar Neuhof known as set property master: Montreal
  • Danny Nick known as swing gang: day hire
  • Cesar Orozco known as buyer
  • Missy Parker known as assistant set decorator
  • Hope M. Parrish known as property master
  • Mario Paré known as scenic painter: Montreal
  • Jason Perlander known as set dresser: New Orleans
  • Pavel Pesta known as scenic artist
  • Alixandra Petrovich known as set dresser
  • James C. Piccione known as labor foreman
  • Véronique Piché known as greensperson: Montreal
  • Edward Piwowarski known as paint foreperson
  • Isabelle Poulin known as assistant off-set props: Montreal
  • Noel Rideout known as additional set dresser: day hire
  • Steven Rigamat known as propmaker foreman
  • Michel Robichaud known as assistant head scenic painter: Montreal
  • Benoit Robitaille known as set dresser: Montreal
  • Christopher S. Ross known as illustrator
  • Paul Rylander known as assistant property master
  • Tom Safron known as greens foreperson
  • Marvin Salsberg known as construction foreman
  • Anthony Sammartino known as scenic painter: Montreal
  • George Sanchez known as plasterer
  • John Sanchez known as set dresser
  • John Schofield known as labor foreperson: New Orleans
  • Derek A. Schwebel known as construction utility
  • Derek A. Schwebel known as greensman
  • Derek A. Schwebel known as paint utility
  • Regis Scott known as on-set painter: New Orleans
  • Nithya Shrinivasan known as assistant art director
  • Doris Simard known as art department coordinator: Montreal
  • Julie Simard known as decoration labour: Montreal
  • Kyle A. Smith known as art assistant
  • Victoria St. Pierre known as on-set painter: New Orleans
  • Rick Staves known as set dresser
  • Timothy Taylor known as greensperson: New Orleans
  • Denise Templeton known as construction buyer
  • Chere Theriot known as art department coordinator: New Orleans
  • Nathalie Thibodeau known as draftsman: Montreal
  • Jeffrey Scott Thomas known as carpenter
  • David Lee Toth known as greensperson: New Orleans
  • Louise Trudeau known as scenic painter: Montreal
  • David Tureau known as lead greensperson: New Orleans
  • Stephen Turner known as assistant property master
  • Juan L. Urrea known as construction buyer: New Orleans
  • Jose Fernando Varela known as set dresser: Montreal
  • Joe Viau known as on-set dresser
  • Freddy Waff known as lead man
  • Raymond Waff known as set dresser
  • Clint Wallace known as set designer
  • Joe Walsh known as carpenter
  • Bill Walters known as set dresser: day hire
  • David Warburton known as on-set dresser: New Orleans
  • Mark Weber known as propmaker foreman
  • Randall D. Wilkins known as set designer
  • Jason Wilson known as carpenter
  • Ben Wisdom known as art department staff assistant: New Orleans
  • Markus Wittman known as set dresser: New Orleans
  • Marcel Worch known as general foreman
  • Jane Wuu known as set designer
  • Jeffrey Ault known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Doreen Austria known as graphic designer: additional photography (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Brown known as construction medic (uncredited)
  • Kristine Grippo known as painter (uncredited)
  • Tommy John known as painter (uncredited)
  • Leo Lauricella known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Julia K. Levine known as modelmaker (uncredited)
  • Ruffin Moye known as greensman (uncredited)
  • Clint Schultz known as graphic designer: additional photography (uncredited)
  • Fred Seibly known as painter (uncredited)
  • Robert Wilson Jr. known as painter (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
  • Paramount Pictures (presents)
  • Kennedy/Marshall Company, The

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Concord Records  soundtrack
  • Designer Wardrobe Trailers  wardrobe trailer
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
  • Event Rental  locations equipment rentals
  • Event Rental  portable power systems and cables
  • Event Restroom  restrooms
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Global Tactical Services  security services
  • Grip Works, The  grip and lighting equipment
  • Hollywood Studio Symphony  music performed by
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy film security (uncredited)
  • Laya Gelff Agency, The  executive management
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
  • Louisiana Entertainment  state film office
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • Moving Pictures Anywhere Company  shipping by (uncredited)
  • New Orleans Film Commission, The  film commission
  • Outback Post  opticals by
  • Reel Security  Production Security: Los Angeles
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cellular fax rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  modem card rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  main and end titles
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • ShowBiz Enterprises  draperies
  • Sony Pictures Studios Scoring Stage  music recorded at
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
  • V & J Translations  Russian signage translations
  • Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging  digital intermediate (as Motion Picture Imaging)
  • Zandi Films  global marketing

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Continental Film (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Fox-Warner (2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Karo Premiere (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures Corporation (Canada) (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Criterion Collection, The (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Criterion Collection, The (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Net5 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Video (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Video (2009) (Canada) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • VT4 (2010) (Belgium) (TV)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Finland Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Digital Domain (visual effects and animation)
  • Cinnovation Inc. (maquettes)
  • Asylum VFX (visual effects) (as Asylum)
  • Lola Visual Effects (visual effects)
  • Matte World Digital (visual effects)
  • Hydraulx (visual effects)
  • Ollin Studio (visual effects)
  • Savage Visual Effects (visual effects)
  • Eden FX (visual effects)
  • Outback Post (digital opticals)
  • Rock Paper Scissors (digital opticals)
  • Evil Eye Pictures (visual effects) (uncredited)
  • Mova (facial motion capture)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dan Abrams known as CG supervisor: Digital Domain
  • Dan Akers known as senior compositing artist
  • Oleg Alexander known as lead technical artist: Image Metrics
  • John Allardice known as pre-vis consultant
  • Casey Allen known as senior flame artist
  • Daphne Apellanes-Ackerson known as compositor: Matte World Digital
  • Spencer Armajo known as roto and paint artist
  • Adriana Arriaga known as digital compositing supervisor: Ollin Studio
  • Elizabeth Asai known as production runner
  • James J. Atkinson known as opening titles
  • Jonah Austin known as digital artist
  • Jarrod Avalos known as matchmove artist
  • Scott Balkcom known as digital compositor
  • Eric Barba known as visual effects supervisor
  • Lluis Barcelo known as digital artist
  • Andra Bard known as bidding producer: Digital Domain
  • Ron Barr known as visual effects artist: Outback Post
  • Andy Barrios known as flame artist: ASYLUM
  • Craig Barron known as visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
  • Geeta Basantani known as digital matte painter: Matte World Digital
  • Scott E. Baxter known as digital effects artist: Digital Domain
  • Eric M. Beaver known as lead compositor
  • Brian Begun known as senior compositor: Digital Domain
  • Brian Bell known as lighting supervisor
  • Elissa Bello known as roto/paint supervisor
  • Krista Benson known as digital compositor
  • Mattias Bergbom known as digital hair artist
  • Lisa Beroud known as visual effects producer: Digital Domain
  • Jason Bidwell known as visual effects: Asylum FX
  • Justin Blaustein known as flame artist
  • Rob Blue known as digital effects artist: Asylum
  • Charlie Bolwell known as visual effects coordinator
  • Dan Bornstein known as visual effects technical director: Matte World Digital
  • Robert Bourgeault known as lighting technical director
  • John Bozzalla known as manager of production services
  • Michael Brazelton known as digital effects artist
  • Phil Brennan known as additional visual effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Michael Breymann known as CG artist: Matte World Digital
  • Jared Brient known as lighting artist
  • Austin Brown known as digital artist
  • Dan Browne known as systems admistrator: Evil Eye Pictures
  • Erik Bruhwiler known as compositing coordinator: Hydraulx
  • Sonja Burchard known as compositing supervisor
  • Bryan Burger known as motion tracker
  • Steward Burris known as animation lead
  • Howard Cabalfin known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Timothy Michael Cairns known as visual effects artist: Digital Domain
  • Francis L. Camacho known as data integration artist
  • Marco Capparelli known as animator
  • Huey Carroll known as roto/paint artist
  • Merlin Carroll known as rotoscope artist
  • Anibal Castellanos known as visual effects artist
  • Sarah Cave known as visual effects coordinator
  • Bernard O. Ceguerra known as lead lighter: Digital Domain
  • Viki Chan known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Lucinda Chee known as digital artist
  • Vanessa Cheung known as digital matte painter
  • Wally Chin known as paint artist
  • Jesse James Chisholm known as data integration lead: Digital Domain
  • Kate Choi known as lead lighter
  • Timothy Clark known as matte painting supervisor
  • Trent Claus known as Flame artist
  • Ronnie Cleland known as texture artist
  • Dan Cobbett known as digital compositor: Digital Domain
  • Andrew Cochrane known as digital water artist
  • Chad E. Collier known as scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
  • Andrew M. Collins known as matchmove artist
  • Mary-Margaret Conley known as render I/O administrator
  • Caitlin Content known as compositor
  • Cameron Coombs known as digital compositor: Hydraulx
  • Chase Cooper known as character technical director
  • Joshua Cordes known as animation supervisor: Hydraulx
  • Glenn Cotter known as CG artist: Matte World Digital
  • Patrick Courtnage known as render I/O administrator
  • Alistair Creaser known as motion tracker
  • Stuart Cripps known as senior compositor
  • Janelle Croshaw known as compositing supervisor
  • Kevin Culhane known as animation/rigging artist
  • Robin L. D'Arcy known as visual effects producer: Ollin Studio
  • Mike Dalzell known as lighting technical director
  • Jose Fernandez de Castro known as compositing supervisor
  • Natalia de la Garza known as lead compositor: Ollin Studio
  • Valerie Delahaye known as visual effects producer
  • Karl Denham known as CG supervisor: asset creation, Digital Domain
  • Megan Dolman known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Hugo Dominguez known as senior paint/roto artist: Digital Domain
  • Christina Drahos known as digital compositor: Digital Domain
  • Sven Dreesbach known as digital compositor
  • Mark Duckworth known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Greg Duda known as technical director
  • Sam Edwards known as digital compositor
  • Pete Egbers known as modeler
  • Tamer Eldib known as modeler
  • Mohsen Eletreby known as visual effects editor: Hydraulx
  • Marcus Erbar known as matchmove artist
  • Christopher Evans known as digital matte painter: Matte World Digital
  • Eric Evans known as digital compositor
  • Daniel Fazel known as digital artist
  • Christine Felman known as visual effects coordinator
  • Patrick Ferguson known as digital compositor
  • Anna Fields known as production scheduler: Matte World Digital
  • Patrick Flannery known as visual effects stills photographer
  • John Follmer known as director of production: Image Processing
  • Andy Foster known as visual effects producer: Asylum
  • Chris Fregoso known as compositor
  • Josh Frontino known as texture painter: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Garrett Fry known as digital matte painter: Matte World Digital
  • Andrew Furlong known as visual effects artist: Eden FX
  • Steve Galle known as hair lead
  • Gabriela García known as digital compositor
  • Demitre Garza known as paint artist
  • Demitre Garza known as rotoscope artist
  • Grantland Gears known as compositor: Matte World Digital
  • Joshua Gengler known as digital artist
  • Brian Genna known as motion tracker
  • Navjit Singh Gill known as technical assistant
  • Matthew Gilson known as digital matte painter: Hydraulx
  • Paul Gimm known as lighting technical director: Asylum VFX
  • Adam Golden known as systems coordinator
  • Juan S. Gomez known as lighting technical director
  • Gilbert Gonzales known as digital artist
  • Joanna N. Goslicka known as rotoscope artist
  • Justin Graham known as digital compositor
  • Paul Griffin known as animation supervisor
  • Jon Grinberg known as visual effects editor
  • Miguel A. Guerrero known as senior visual effects artist
  • Brian Hajek known as compositor
  • Scott Hale known as digital compositor: Evil Eye Pictures
  • Éric Hamel known as digital matte painter: Matte World Digital
  • Michael S. Harbour known as compositor
  • Joe Harkins known as character supervisor
  • Jessica Harris known as lead compositor
  • Max Harris known as senior Flame artist: Asylum
  • John Hart known as lead texture artist: asylumFX
  • Jamie Hartnett known as assistant digital coordinator
  • Josh Hatton known as digital effects lead
  • Tim Hawkins known as visual effects supervisor
  • Lyndal Heathwood known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Niles Heckman known as digital compositor (as Jon Heckman)
  • Peter Herlein known as matchmoving/tracking artist: Digital Domain
  • Luis Hernandez known as visual effects: Matte World Digital (as Luis A. Hernandez)
  • Richard Hirst known as flame artist
  • Elizabeth Hitt known as cg producer
  • Dark Hoffman known as digital matte painter
  • Michael Honrada known as compositor: Matte World Digital
  • Lee Hoya known as lighting technical director: Digital Domain
  • Karen Huang known as production coordinator: Matte World Digital
  • Melissa Huerta known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Stephanie Ide known as rotoscope artist
  • Atsushi Imamura known as visual effects
  • Chris Ingersoll known as compositor: Flame artist
  • Rusty Ippolito known as digital effects artist
  • Tracy Nicole Irwin known as visual effects artist
  • Charlie Iturriaga known as visual effects supervisor: Ollin Studio
  • John L. Jack known as executive producer: Evil Eye Pictures
  • Montu Jariwala known as data integration artist
  • Sarahjane Javelo known as digital paint / rotoscope lead: Digital Domain
  • Steve Jaworski known as compositor: Evil Eye Pictures
  • Joshua H. Johnson known as visual effects artist
  • Amanda Johnstone-Batt known as lighter: Digital Domain (as Amanda Johnstone)
  • Shahen Jordan known as matte painter
  • Nick Jushchyshyn known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Perry Kain known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nikos Kalaitzidis known as effects supervisor
  • Jose Julian Karam Lopez known as digital compositor ollin studio
  • John Karner known as visual effects artist
  • Piotr Karwas known as animation supervisor: Asylum FX
  • Joe Ken known as senior inferno artist: Asylum
  • Jeff Kim known as compositor
  • Daryl Klein known as digital compositor: Digital Domain
  • Daniel Kruse known as digital lighter: Hydraulx
  • Takashi Kuribayashi known as hair technical director
  • Benjamin Kutsko known as flame artist
  • Billy-Vu Lam known as character animator: Hydraulx
  • Jaymie Lam known as compositor: Matte World Digital
  • Paul Lambert known as compositing supervisor
  • Donna Lanasa known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Alberto Landeros known as digital compositor: Ollin Studio
  • Greg LaSalle known as facial motion capture supervisor
  • Gary Laurie known as matchmove technical director: Asylum
  • Kamy Leach known as lighting technical director: Digital Domain
  • Nic Leach known as lighting technical director: Digital Domain
  • Brice Liesveld known as visual effects producer
  • Jonathan Litt known as cg supervisor: Digital Domain
  • Kenneth Littleton known as digital compositor
  • David Liu known as lighter
  • Victor Lizarraga known as CG supervisor: Ollin Studio
  • Nick Lloyd known as modeling supervisor
  • Jo Lockman known as scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
  • Beatriz Lorenzo known as digital water artist
  • Michael Lori known as tracking lead
  • Ryan Lorie known as match move artist
  • Valy Lungoccia known as digital effects artist
  • Samantha Mabie-Tuinstra known as visual effects producer: Eden FX
  • Benjamin Magaña known as lighting / shading td
  • Michael Maker known as tracking and matchmoving
  • Marco Maldonado known as on-set supervisor: matchmove supervisor: Digital Domain
  • Leonardo Martinez known as animator
  • Ruheene Masand known as visual effects coordinator
  • Tim Matney known as texture artist
  • Todd Maugh known as digital production administrator
  • Kirk Mawhinney known as modeler
  • Jake Maymudes known as digital compositor (as Snake Maymudes)
  • Matt McDonald known as visual effects supervisor: Evil Eye Pictures
  • Nathan McGuinness known as senior visual effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Chris McLeod known as visual effects coordinator
  • Michael Melchiorre known as lead compositor
  • Jorge Mendoza known as digital compositor
  • Scott Michelson known as visual effects executive producer: hydraulx
  • Tadao Mihashi known as lead technical developer: Digital Domain
  • Brian David Miller known as visual effects editor: Digital Domain
  • Steven Miller known as compositor
  • Natt Mintrasak known as technical support
  • Stuart Mintz known as senior technical director
  • Young Joon Mok known as digital compositor
  • Jim Moorhead known as digital integration
  • Yabin Morales known as digital compositor ollin studio
  • Lauren Morimoto known as roto/paint lead
  • Owen Morris known as digital compositor
  • David R. Morton known as digital effects artist
  • Steve Muangman known as digital compositor: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Laura Murillo known as rotoscope artist
  • Cyntia Navarro known as digital production manager: Ollin Studio
  • Cameron Neilson known as digital compositor
  • Steven Nevius known as visual effects editor: Digital Domain
  • Chun Seong Ng known as modeler: Hydraulx
  • Vinh Nguyen known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Nittmann known as visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
  • Ian Northrop known as matchmove/tracking artist: Digital Domain
  • Brian Nugent known as compositor: Flame artist
  • Winfield O'Brien known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Eddie Offermann known as layout and pipeline technical director
  • Eddie Offermann known as software and layout
  • Robert Olsson known as matte painter
  • Midori Otsubo known as digital artist (as Midori Witsken)
  • Natasha Ozoux known as digital producer: Digital Domain
  • Marlo Pabon known as digital compositor: Digital Domain
  • Sathyan Panneerselvam known as texture artist: Digital Domain
  • Bruno Parenti known as roto and paint artist: Hydraulx
  • Clark Parkhurst known as Flame artist
  • James Parris known as character animator: Digital Domain
  • James Pastorius known as lead visual effects artist
  • Edgar Patron known as compositor
  • Dan Patterson known as character animator: Digital Domain
  • Chris Payne known as digital compositor
  • Russell Pearsall known as lead character artist
  • Tomas Pereira known as visual effects producer
  • Patrick Perez known as animator
  • Arnold Peterson known as motion control operator
  • Joe Phoebus known as effects technical director: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Wendy Pirotte known as visual effects coordinator
  • John Polyson known as visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
  • Phillip Prahl known as effects animation lead
  • Steve Preeg known as animation supervisor: Digital Domain
  • Steve Preeg known as character supervisor
  • David Pritchard known as visual effects
  • Chris Radcliffe known as digital artist
  • Michael Ramirez known as integration lead
  • Lance Ranzer known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Devon Read known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Reppen known as effects animation lead
  • Morgan Rhodes known as junior digital artist
  • Analeah Ricchetti known as roto/paint artist: Hydraulx
  • Cynthia Richards known as digital coordinator
  • Michael Richmond known as i/o vfx support
  • Brian Ripley known as digital artist
  • Gizmo Rivera known as compositor
  • Agustin Robles Villegas known as set modeling
  • Mike Roby known as digital artist
  • Chris Rockwell known as production accountant
  • Chad Roen known as modeler
  • Ken Rogerson known as visual effects producer: Matte World Digital
  • Karl Rogovin known as 3D coordinator: Hydraulx
  • Karl Rogovin known as digital artist: Hydraulx
  • Daniel P. Rosen known as visual effects supervisor: Evil Eye Pictures
  • Jessica Roulston known as visual effects line producer: Digital Domain
  • Rowsby known as CG hair stylist
  • Mevlana Rumi known as digital compositor: Ollin Studio
  • Abe Saleh known as digital artist
  • Nicole Samarron known as compositor: Matte World Digital
  • Joe Sambora known as visual effects
  • David Samija known as visual effects coordinator
  • Kosta Saric known as visual effects editor: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Julian Sarmiento known as senior modeler: destruction simulation
  • Christopher Savides known as color grader
  • Gunther Schatz known as lead artist: water effects
  • Jason Schugardt known as visual effects supervisor: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Junko Schugardt known as visual effects artist
  • Rene Segura known as digital artist: Digital Domain
  • Jason Selfe known as lead compositor: Digital Domain
  • Stan Seo known as texture painter: Digital Domain
  • Laura Sevilla known as digital compositor
  • Randy Sharp known as visual effects artist: opening sequence
  • Adam Sidwell known as character technical director: Digital Domain
  • Todd R. Smith known as compositor: Matte World Digital
  • Donna Sousa known as production coordinator: Matte World Digital
  • Hilary Sperling known as inferno artist: Asylum
  • Nic Spier known as digital artist
  • Frank Spiziri known as visual effects coordinator: Asylum
  • Jeremy Sternberg known as digital artist
  • John Stewart known as digital compositor: Asylum
  • Mark Story known as senior technical director
  • Colin Strause known as digital effects artist
  • Greg Strause known as digital effects artist
  • Greg Stuhl known as cg model supervisor: Asylum Visual Effects
  • Masuo Suzuki known as lead technical developer
  • Kristen Swanson known as paint/rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
  • James Sweeney known as digital artist
  • Jeremiah Sweeney known as roto/paint artist: Hydraulx
  • Hirofumi Takeda known as digital compositor
  • Andy Tamandl known as character animator: Digital Domain
  • Fin Teo known as human texture lead: Digital Domain
  • Melissa Thompson known as animator: Digital Domain
  • Marc Toscano known as senior lighter
  • Salvador Tovar known as digital compositor: Ollin Studio
  • Mana Toyoda known as digital production administrator
  • Emerito Trevino known as lighting artist: Digital Domain
  • Morgan Trotter known as CG artist: Matte World Digital
  • Ed Ulbrich known as visual effects executive producer: Digital Domain
  • Michelle Urbano known as production coordinator
  • Nowell Valeri known as matchmove supervisor: Evil Eye Pictures
  • Aaron Vest known as visual effects
  • Sean Wallitsch known as Flame artist: Lola Visual Effects
  • Kyle Ware known as visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
  • Daniel Warom known as digital artist: Asylum
  • John L. Weckworth known as digital compositor: Asylum VFX
  • Zack Weiler known as hair technical director
  • Keith Weilmuenster known as digital artist
  • Chris Wells known as 3D supervisor
  • Bethany Wilksen known as senior digital coordinator
  • C. Jerome Williams known as roto and paint artist: Hydraulx
  • Edson Williams known as visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
  • Virginia Wilson known as digital effects coordinator: Digital Domain
  • Deborah Wiltman known as digital compositor
  • Matthias Wittmann known as animation lead: Digital Domain
  • Thorsten Wolf known as lead compositor
  • Steven D. Wolff known as roto/paint artist: Hydraulx
  • Loeng Wong-Savun known as inferno artist
  • David Wu known as matchmove artist
  • Yoshiya Yamada known as modeling supervisor: hydraulx
  • Yuichiro Yamashita known as digital lighting artist
  • Chi-Min Yang known as lighting technical director
  • Mattaniah Yip known as digital paint artist: Digital Domain
  • Niki Yoblonski known as digital effects artist
  • Wei Zheng known as matte painting supervisor
  • Erik Zimmermann known as visual effects artist
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as visual effects editor: Lola Visual Effects
  • Jason Bond known as digital effects artist: Eden FX (uncredited)
  • Jeff Cahn known as vfx intern (uncredited)
  • Gregory Duncan known as production assistant: Digital Domain (uncredited)
  • Sean Andrew Faden known as lead effects developer: Asylum (uncredited)
  • Mike Goslin known as digital systems engineer (uncredited)
  • Brian Gyss known as technical director: Digital Domain (uncredited)
  • Amanda Hampton known as software engineer (uncredited)
  • Molly Hansen known as visual effects business affairs (uncredited)
  • Edward M. Ruiz II known as rotoscope artist: Eden FX (uncredited)
  • Toshihiro Sakamaki known as modeler: Asylum (uncredited)
  • Chris B. Schnitzer known as director of visual effects: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
  • Karen N. Sickles known as recruiter: Digital Domain (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Australia 10 December 2008 (Sydney) (premiere)
  • Fiji 25 December 2008
  • New Zealand 25 December 2008
  • USA 25 December 2008
  • Australia 26 December 2008
  • Philippines 8 January 2009
  • Israel 15 January 2009
  • Portugal 15 January 2009
  • Brazil 16 January 2009
  • Mexico 16 January 2009
  • Sweden 16 January 2009
  • Chile 22 January 2009
  • Greece 22 January 2009
  • Hong Kong 22 January 2009
  • Peru 22 January 2009
  • Denmark 23 January 2009
  • Panama 23 January 2009
  • Czech Republic 29 January 2009
  • Germany 29 January 2009
  • Netherlands 29 January 2009
  • Switzerland 29 January 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 30 January 2009
  • Latvia 30 January 2009
  • Belgium 4 February 2009
  • France 4 February 2009
  • Switzerland 4 February 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 5 February 2009
  • Croatia 5 February 2009
  • Hungary 5 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 5 February 2009
  • Russia 5 February 2009
  • Serbia 5 February 2009
  • Singapore 5 February 2009
  • Slovakia 5 February 2009
  • Ukraine 5 February 2009
  • Estonia 6 February 2009
  • Iceland 6 February 2009
  • Indonesia 6 February 2009
  • Ireland 6 February 2009
  • Lithuania 6 February 2009
  • Norway 6 February 2009
  • Poland 6 February 2009
  • Spain 6 February 2009
  • Turkey 6 February 2009
  • UK 6 February 2009
  • Venezuela 6 February 2009
  • Japan 7 February 2009
  • Malaysia 12 February 2009
  • South Korea 12 February 2009
  • Thailand 12 February 2009
  • Italy 13 February 2009
  • Taiwan 13 February 2009
  • Egypt 18 February 2009
  • Kuwait 19 February 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 19 February 2009
  • Bulgaria 20 February 2009
  • Finland 20 February 2009
  • Romania 20 February 2009
  • South Africa 27 February 2009
  • Lebanon 5 March 2009

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking

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10 Comments

  1. acksurfer101 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a film unlike any I've ever seenand probably ever will. A true epic that left me utterly speechless. Itaccomplished so much through such simplicity. Everything was top notchfrom the elegant directing to the subtly wonderful performances down tothe magical score. The film demands you to feel not only for the deathwe witness, but for the incredible life we discover. It prays on theobvious morality issues we all deal with but also dangles the idea infront of us that everyone goes through the same joys and grievances,just not in the same way. This is a momentous tale that deservesnothing less than the title of brilliance.

    This visually and emotionally rich movie recalls the life of a verypeculiar man born in the early 20th century who ages backwards. Histale unfolds through a diary read by the daughter of his love, Daisy.Throughout life he goes through the same things we do, growing up andeventually growing old. He's a thoughtful observer, discovering lifefrom all different angles. But it is not his life that makes himunique. His love is what makes him special. He spends a lifetime tryingto understand how his love for Daisy works and still only gets a fewincredible years really loving her. As their lives tell us, the yearsof frustration and hardship are all worth it if only for a few momentsof happiness.

    The direction in the film is almost flawless. Hopefully, BenjaminButton will garner David Fincher the recognition he deserves. He windsthis clock so well and with such grace that the movie has thisundeniable flow that is enjoyable from start to finish. At nearly 3hours, there is not a minute wasted. Every shot is jaw dropping andwhile some will find issue with the time, it is used wisely.

    The acting is also a thing of wonder. This is by far Brad Pitt's bestperformance. He is so believable and realistic throughout. His nuancesare spot on and despite the heavy use of make-up and CGI used toportray his character, it is Pitt who makes Benjamin that much morecurious.

    I left the theater astonished that some one could review this moviebadly. It is an extremely graceful depiction of life, love, and thethings we lose. After so much anticipation I was certainly notdisappointed. This movie is probably not for everyone though. It's notyour average drama that spoon feeds it's audience their emotions. It issomething of awe and astonishment, an absolute gem. What makes ourlives memorable are the moments we never seem to grasp long enoughbefore letting go. Life in itself is indeed very, very curious andBenjamin Button is no less of a wonder.

  2. The_Amazing_Spy_Rises from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    Possibly the most anticipated winter film of 2008, The Curious Case ofBenjamin Button is a curious film indeed. It's got an intriguing andcompletely absorbing story, as well as my favorite director, DavidFincher, on the top of his game. With "Button", Fincher cements hisplace as one of the best directors alive, as his film is nothing shortof magical, mesmerizing, riveting, ground breaking, and ultimately,timeless.

    When I first heard about this movie, I had to wonder…how was Fincher,the guy responsible for realistic, gripping, crime thrillers like Sevenand Zodiac going to pull off the fantasy film of a lifetime? Armed witha massive budget, Fincher uses everything a director can use to craftthe most charming and technically brilliant film of the year. It's afilm to be cherished for ages.

    "Button" has struck me like this because a recurring theme in the filmis that age is only a number, and that we as people can choose what wedo with our lives, no matter what our age is. What better way to tellthis message than through a story where the titular character agesbackwards, and must experience life in such a way? How does one fall inlove when he could one day appear young enough to be his spouse'schild? How does a 5 year old play with the neighborhood children whenhe's confined to a wheelchair stricken with old age? Fincher's epicexplores our choices, lives, and the timelessness of life itself.

    Brad Pitt plays the title role of Benjamin Button with a certain air oflikability like he always does. While I felt he did a good job with thepart, he didn't have to do much…Benjamin, fittingly, is a ratherquiet character (I'd be willing to bet he narrates more than heactually talks in the film). In terms of acting, the film belongs tothe ladies, Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henson in particular. ThoughBlanchett may seem overrated to some, there's no denying her unrivaledtalent at playing a character as complex and deep as Daisy, and shepulls it off with ease and charisma. Taraji P. Henson will warm yourheart as Benjamin's mother, as she's humorous, warm, and loving, soloving that I felt as if she was my mother.

    The main complexity behind the film, especially with a director likeDavid Fincher, is keeping the film grounded in reality, whilemaintaining the undeniable magic within. As a director, you don't wantto lose too much of either quality, instead keeping a healthy balanceof the two. I feel that Fincher accomplished this perfectly. He ismainly helped out by a magical score, and absolutely stunningcinematography (which immediately identified it as a Fincher film,because of the darkness and lighting of it).

    Despite the wonder and awe of the film, mixed with the realism thatFincher always brings, the true allure of the film is not justBenjamin's aging problem, but the romance between Benjamin and Daisy,which is beautiful. Two people in love, regardless of age, time, orplace. It's one of the most compelling romances of the year.

    "Button" is also the most technically well made movie of 2008, as thetrue standouts are the Visual Effects and the Makeup, both of which areOscar worthy. Pitt plays the character at almost every age, but it'salmost impossible to tell when the CGI is being used on him. You knowit's there, obviously, but you can't tell it's being used. When thetransition is just smooth enough for the Visual Effects to be retired,but just rough enough to use makeup, it's absolutely perfect. If you'veever wanted to see Brad Pitt look 20 again, look no further, as theeffects that make our actors young again (the same goes for Blanchett)are just as stunning as those that make them older.

    Despite a long runtime, the film never drags. If I had to point out onething I would've liked to have seen a little more of, it would've beenmore of Benjamin as a little kid, as I felt that was rushed (for thosewho don't know what I mean, I mean the last parts of the film when he'sold, but his body is young). This doesn't hurt the film in any way, asit's just my wishful thinking.

    I know I've used the word 'magical' a lot in this review, and don'tthink it's on accident. If I could pick one word to describe DavidFincher's masterpiece, that would be it: magical. "The Curious Case ofBenjamin Button" is a captivating piece of art that shouldn't be missedby anyone.

  3. moviemanMA from Massachusetts
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    Before seeing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button I wondered how Iwould react to the story of a man who is born old and gets younger ashe grows up. Of all of the stories I have come across, this is by farthe most bizarre and intriguing. If i had to pick someone to bring thisstory to the screen I do no think David Fincher would have been myfirst choice.

    How wrong I would have been. This film is by far one of the best if notthe best of 2008. Fincher's direction is flawless! The film from startto finish does not let up. There are moments of joy and ecstasyfollowed by sorrow and understanding. Brad Pitt stars as Benjamin, aboy born an old man who must live his life in reverse. His friend fromchildhood, Daisy, is played by Cate Blanchett. The story is narratedfrom Benjamin's point of view with some particular highlights fromDaisy.

    The cast does nothing wrong. Pitt leads with Blanchett and a strongperformance from Taraji P. Henson as Benjamin's surrogate motherQueenie, the only person in the world who seems to understand and trulylove him from the start. Other cameos along the way bring a large arrayof characters, including Tilda Swinton, one of Benjamin's early loveinterests.

    The film spans from the end of World War I to the the arrival ofHurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The transitions from life stage tolife stage and decade to decade are seamless. Fincher does a tremendousjob at maintaining a steady flow of action and dialogue. There is not adull moment in the film. The cinematography is superb and couplesnicely with Fincher's style of accentuating certain colors to enhance amood or moment.

    There really is nothing wrong with this film. Even with a runtime ofabout 160 minutes, time just flies by, much like it does for Benjamin,only we are going forward. This is a tender and meaningful film you donot want to wish.

  4. male_j08 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    I had been awaiting to see this movie for some time. Alas, it wasChristmas Day and you bet I was there to see the movie on opening day.I set my expectations really high on this film. I expected nothingshort of brilliance with a film coming from director David Fincher,director of the masterful "Zodiac" and screenwriter Eric Roth, writerof the classic "Forrest Gump". The acting is brilliant in the movie.Brad Pitt and the marvelous Cate Blanchett share a fire that resonatesso effortlessly out to the audience. Other performances are notable aswell, such as Taraji P. Henson's as Benjamin's mother, and TildaSwinton's as Benjamin's first lover. Another notable achievement in thefilm is the visual effects; none of it is overdone and it is quiteconvincing. The music in the film is great as well. The haunting andmythical music is composed by Alexandre Desplat. One thing that didsurprise me in the film was the amount of comedy present, but I guesscomedy's needed for a tale with such sorrow. I really do think thatthis film is a classic. And I would go and see it again. When I waswalking out of the theater, some people complained that the movie wasvery good, but that it was too long. I disagree; I actually didn't wantit to end. It's the perfect film to watch all snuggled up in a blanketduring the dead of winter. All things aside, this movie is about theshort time we're given with life and how we are to make the most of it.Even with a story as fictional as Benjamin Button's, the message ringstrue.

  5. thorneer from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" would seem to have everythinggoing for it – major stars, an enormous budget, and a conceit thatcan't be beat. However, in the end it's that very conceit thathamstrings an otherwise wondrous piece of movie-making.

    Fincher's characters tend to be psychos, paranoiacs, obsessives, someof whom struggle vainly against the darkness in their own souls, butmany others who have embraced it. Benjamin Button is none of the above,and that's perhaps his problem. Button, born "under unusualcircumstances" in 1918 New Orleans, spends his early life literallysurrounded by death, raised, as he is, by an orderly in a home for theelderly. As a prematurely old man himself (an effect achieved byfantastic MOCAP work from Pitt), perhaps it's not surprising that as hegrows into a body with which he may truly engage the world, he is morecontent to observe appreciably.

    Now, this may be true to the spirit of the character, but unfortunatelyfor Fincher and his screenwriter, Eric Roth, it doesn't make for veryinteresting cinema. At a recent screening, Roth referred to Button'scharacter as the "anti-Gump", a classification that seemed both apt andproblematic. This film will certainly earn comparisons to RobertZemeckis' modern classic(also written by Roth), but where that film hada truly fascinating central character, who experienced as many mistakesand tragedies as victories and happiness, Fincher and Roth'sprotagonist is a cipher. There's a telling sequence around the middleof the film, where Button, by now a merchant seaman holed up in a dingyhotel in Murmansk, strikes up a relationship with a bored wife of aminor British official (Tilda Swinton). Unable to sleep, they meet eachnight for tea and good conversation (and later, sex). But instead ofletting us hear what those conversations are about, he simply creates amontage, set to music, of various meetings fading into one another. Bythe time Swinton's character departs the film, we know next to nothingnew about Benjamin other than that he has trouble sleeping and likeshot tea. The fact is that even Swinton's character, on screen forperhaps fifteen minutes, is more engaging. It's a frustrating glimpseof what might have been, had the filmmakers chosen to put the characterbefore the gimmick, instead of the other way around.

    Which brings us to Cate Blanchett. As Daisy, whom Benjamin meets as ayoung girl and who grows into a luminously beautiful and troubledballet dancer, Blanchett shines as brightly as she ever has on screen.Unlike Benjamin, Daisy is not content to simply accept whatever lifethrows her way – she has dreams and attempts to act on them, and doesher best to lead a normal, interesting life. Benjamin, passive asalways, must quietly observe as she grows out of the playmate of his"youth" and into a somewhat headstrong woman who nonetheless possessedof enormous potential. His loyalty pays off, though, when circumstancesbring them together again at a time when they both happen to be thesame age – a fleeting moment, and one they will cherish. But again, therelationship between couple and audience is one-sided, because while wecan see why Daisy would wish to return to the rock-steady loyalty ofBenjamin, it's unclear what he feels about her other than a regard(she's certainly lovely enough). We are told in rather soggy voice-overnarration (spread throughout the film) that Daisy is "the mostbeautiful person I'd ever seen", but that's all we'll get.

    And so it goes, for nearly three hours. We cut frequently, andirritatingly, back to a modern-day hospital in New Orleans, where adying Daisy asks her daughter (Julia Ormond) to read to her fromBenjamin's diary as Hurricane Katrina pounds on the windows. There'ssomething being said in these scenes about regret and the passage oftime, but the appealing Ormond's character is one-note, and Blanchettseems nearly suffocated under pounds of old age makeup. It's from thisdiary whence springs Benjamin's narration, but, as Mr. Roth pointedout, Gump this ain't. Suffice it to say that the budget is up there onscreen as we go on this strange trip through the twentieth century withBrad Pitt as our guide. A possibly unintentional (I doubt it) laugharises mid-film when Benjamin finally reaches something around Pitt'sown age. He strides into a garage in the mid-50's, decked out inleather jacket and shades, and whips a tarp off a motorcycle, on whichhe speeds out to the harbor to do some bare-chested sailing on a boathe builds himself (the shades remain on his head). It's a knowing winkto the wish-fulfillment of the casting – who wouldn't want their oldcrotchety husband to get younger and younger until they looked likeBrad Pitt? – and a clever way to underscore the underlying tragedy ofthe situation. Sure, he looks like Brad Pitt in "Fight Club", "Se7en","Thelma & Louise", but eventually he's going to look like Brad Pitt in"Cutting Class", and then Brad Pitt in seventh grade, and finally BradPitt as a toddler, and that's not so sexy.

    Pitt does a fine job. It's a pity that Fincher, who has used him tosuch great effect twice before, didn't let him cut loose. Instead thisis his most low-key performance since Meet Joe Black, in which heplayed Death, who was really just a nice young man curious about theworld. Come to think of it, that's pretty much all that Benjamin Buttonis, and, if nothing else, he knows more about death than just aboutanybody around. Too bad that a film that means to affirm life turns outto be rather lifeless.

  6. LayerCake from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    When I first heard that Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett's new film TheCurious Case of Benjamin Button was destined to join the "sweepers" atthe 2009 Oscars I knew that I had to check the film out to see if therumors were true. Go back in time a little to when the film was firstannounced. David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac) was set to direct with ascript from Eric Roth (Munich, The Insider) based off of an F. ScottFitzgerald short story of the same title. The aspects of the crew werelocked and had me somewhat interested. Then the cast list was announcedwith Brad Pitt (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward RobertFord, Twelve Monkeys) and Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There., Coffee andCigarettes) headlining the list, to say the least, it had my attention.I rarely get hyped up for super-mainstream films anymore with all ofthe disappointments that have occurred in the past. Luckily enough Iwas given the chance to attend a press screening on December 4th forthis film and left well, satisfied. Given the fact that I wasunderwhelmed by the trailers, being satisfied is certainly sayingsomething.

    Benjamin Button centers on the life of well, Benjamin Button (BradPitt). As he states throughout the film, he was born under unusualcircumstances. Unusual does not seem fit to describe it. Absurd wouldbe a more suiting for the strange predicament Button found himself in.Born at the same age of everyone else when they enter the world, he hadone different trait that stood out like a great white shark in a fishbowl, he had the frail wrinkled skin of an old man. Not only that, allof his features were those of a ninety-year old man. How this happened,the film does not explain in scientific terms but rather labels it as a"miracle" which in retrospect, it certainly is. With the outside of anold man, but the mind of a new born, Button had quite the handicap toovercome as a child. He is raised by the loving Queenie (Taraji P.Henson) who runs a nursing home establishment. There he meets anassortment of characters that all effect his life in different wayalthough one person seems to have more of an effect than the rest. Ayoung girl named Daisy (Cate Blanchett) is the grand daughter of one ofthe elders residing in the home. There she befriends Benjamin and theirepic tale of love begins.

    Go into this film with an open minded because you are going to leavewith an over flooded one as it is. The story carries so many twists andheart wrenching scenes that the viewer cannot help but becomecompletely engrossed in the film. The main theme in the film is notdeath, forgiveness or love, but rather life. Life as whole. Everylittle detail, every experience we have is our life. What we witness isan almost complete documentation of Benjamin's life. One thing that thefilm did quite splendidly was when Benjamin stated in his narrationthat a certain person affected his life quite greatly. When the sceneswith that person would initiate, the film's pacing would slow down andpay closer attention to his relationship with the person and thechanges they caused in his life. A beautiful portrayal of the finermoments in life.

    Even if you leave the film bitter there is one thing you cannot denyyour love for. The technical aspects of the film. The make-up is thebest I have ever seen in a film. The age progression of the actors isdone incredibly well. Even the actors handled the age changing rolesquite well. The costume design is also fantastic and will most likelytake home the Oscar gold along with the make-up. Another notabletechnical aspect is Fincher's direction. He has never been nominatedfor the "coveted" Best Director before but he has a strong chance withthis film. One of the film's sequences stands out above the rest as oneof the greatest Fincher has ever directed. While I will not go intogreat detail about it, I will say that it involves a tug boat fendingoff a submarine and it is incredible. Alexandre Desplat who was thecomposer for the film creates a score that may not be one of the mostmemorable, certainly helps in creating the film's atmosphere, which isa poetic one. To fully describe the spell that the technical aspectscast over the film would be nothing short of mesmerizing.

    While this may not be the best film of the year, it certainly is a filmthat will be remembered for quite some time. It's not "flawless" or a"masterpiece" but it is something grand, something magical. A film thatcan be experienced over and over again. One that does not undermine theintelligence of the viewer by repeating sloppy dramatic sequences thatwill only end up to the understandable conclusion of happiness. No,Benjamin Button is a film that understands the human mind and revels init. Producing every bit of love, happiness, depression, confusion,hate, companionship that life provides us with this film is atour-DE-force on most levels. Come Oscar time, this is the mainstream"masterpiece" of the year that is to be reckoned with. I can easily seeit picking up nominations in most categories and winning them as well.Like I stated before, it is not the best film of the year, but is onethat you should see to experience the wondrous life of Benjamin Button.

  7. Robert Broerse from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    The disappointment I feel is perhaps more for David Fincher's careerthan this film. Everything on the surface of 'The Curious Case ofBenjamin Button' appears beautiful – the cinematography, the specialeffects, the make-up, the cast… everything is about eye candy. It issweet but like sweets containing high glucose corn syrup, it leaves oneirritable and certainly dissatisfied.

    I find with most critiques of mainstream, big budget films those whofall into two camps – those taken in by the hype, by the surface of thefilm and those who feel and understand the film, aware of its flaws. Itis the same with bestseller novels.

    First of all, the concept of this film was unique. Let us at least takenotice of F.Scott Fitzgerald who may or may not have stolen theidea/material from his wife Zelda (whom many scholars believe was thetrue genius and not her husband). Origins aside, the film has all thetrimmings of previous work.

    There are some people who are vehement about this being 'not ForestGump'. I would stress the similarities between the two films and thefact Eric Roth wrote both.

    Let us take note of the obvious:

    Atypical hero: Forest Gump/Benjamin Button Love Interest Jenny/DaisyMother (with similar accents) Hero's 'war involvement' Vietnam War/WWIISetting American South/American South Leitmotif Feather/Hummingbird

    There are others but those are the most obvious. Let us also remindourselves both films are narrated by the hero who both happen to haveinteresting and 'profound' observations about life and their lives.

    But if it were simply a matter of being Forest Gump, then I would stillhave high praise for Benjamin Button. Not so. The majority of this filmremains on the surface. Despite all the observations, despite the epicsweep of events that pass through the narrative, we as an audience arerarely allowed to go deeper. Again, the film was based on a unique ideabut without the human psychology, without more background on severalcharacters, I found it difficult to relate to any of these characters.

    Benjamin Button. He is born old, he grows young. That's all we reallyknow. He lives with old people, he learns to play the piano, he leaveshome, he travels, he sees the world. Most of the narrative is aboutplaces and meeting people, rarely about being involved with others,what it means or feels like to relate to a world that sees him as old.He is an outsider. How does this feel? We don't really know as anaudience. The film is entirely experiential, rarely psychological.

    Daisy. We know she had a grandmother. We knows she loves to dance. Butlittle else. What motivated her to dance, why did she love dancing? Wedon't know. And of course, why of all things did she not have arelationship with her daughter?

    The relationship: A man returns from war. He meets a woman that used tobe the girl he loved. The woman wants to seduce him. She attempts. Hesteps back. When this occurs in the film, we don't really understandthe reasoning nor the purpose of the scene. Daisy is in town one day.Her and Benjamin go out together. Why is sex so important to Daisy? Andwhy do we have to watch the two characters go back and forth beforethey land up together? When he visits her in New York, she is immature,a school girl attempting to get him jealous. Yet he is still attractedto her.

    There are so many other questions I have about this film and so manythings that simply do not make sense. The main one that comes to mind:if you are a dancer, someone who is professionally trained, why in anycircumstances would you even think of dancing on a crowded street? Thescene in which Daisy was hit by a car was for too unbelievable. She isfirst held up by a friend with a broken shoe lace. Daisy remainsbehind. In such a situation, when you have to wait for someone, thelast thing you want to do is fool around after waiting. The scene feltconvoluted and dumb – not tragic.

    The montage in which Daisy and Benjamin find themselves together playsout like all other young lover clichés – they travel together, theymake love, they buy a love, they make love in their home, they painttheir home (there is a brief, albeit clichéd 'lovers painting the wall'scene … yawn…seen it…). I didn't find this film to be magical,just a mosaic of previous formulas and scenarios. Benjamin 'youthens',he leaves her. He comes back later. Throughout the entire film, theaudience really doesn't know or understand or get a sense of what itmeans to grow 'young' nor what kind of effect it might have on others.

    I felt very tired after watching this picture. The first half was notbad. My interest was kept, I enjoyed the characters but when I startedfeeling lost and cheated, that I would never get any closer to thelives, feelings and deeper philosophies, and what with some of thefrustrating scenes between Daisy and Benjamin, I began to growimpatient.

  8. tw1zzlers from Jerusalem, Israel
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    Groucho Marx said there's no worse thief than a bad movie. (steals yourmoney and your time) and that's exactly what this film is.

    Do not, I repeat, do not tolerate the comparisons to Forrest Gump – afilm filled with history, humor!, star-studded cast, a solid script,jam packed with history, one clever gimmick after the other andbrilliant effects.

    Spoiler – Benjamin Button had one effect, that was make-up: Take one ofthe world's most attractive men and make him look unattractive for 75%of the film, while he moans and groans about the deal he's been dealtin life. don't get me wrong, they did this well, but he's neversympathetic. Y'just don't care about him at all… to be honest, thewhole film struck me as a giant, drawn-out metaphor for a midlifecrisis: a man pines after a girl who's not ready for him for years andyears, then when she finally takes him into her bed, they spend aglorious year between the sheets, and as soon as responsibility showsup in the form of a child, he runs away from commitment, blaming hiscondition. And what's the big deal with his condition??? So his body isgetting younger.. not his mind. That would actually make him a greatfather… he'd be around for the same number of years as many fathersare for their children.. 30/40 years, and during that time he'd onlyhave gotten stronger and younger, while his mind was still maturing.What a gift! Great, cherish it! Live it! Accept your lot in life,challenges and all, and be a remarkable human being. That's thechallenge laid upon us all.

    But no – Instead of facing his problem and taking on life and love andcherishing every moment, he lets down the woman he loves terribly andruns out on her, for what? to have sex with a few women? Preposterous.

    And then of course, when he comes back, she forgives him for being acoward and a stinker. Well why? Why be so forgiving. What's so toughabout his life, oh poor guy, he gets to get younger everyday, he getsto get stronger and better looking as he sleeps.. where was theappreciation of this miracle? Where were the papers who would have beenmaking a big deal over him? Where was the major history that he livedthrough which we never saw? Where were his amazing slew of lifeexperiences, we watched 90 years of a man's life and all he did was runand hide from who he was. Where was a p-l-o-t? – the guy had noappreciation for the people who loved him, never knew his mother wassick? Nope, just came home one day to find she'd died. Did he not stayin touch with anyone? He did have a sister. I guess she didn't want tocall to let him know their mother was ill? Clearly no one cared enoughabout him to tell him. Classic. Well if they don't, I don't either. Andwhy did Cate's character keep his postcards from their daughter oncethe journal was found? Made no sense. Cate moved into the house andlived with him for 5 years as he went through Alzheimer's as an infant- where was Julia's character during this time? Also not speaking toanyone? Was she not curious why her mother chose to spend 5 years ofher life this way? Why did she never tell her about her father? Why didI watch this piece of drivel and waste my time??? Save yourself theagony.

    I'm sorry F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'm sure you wrote a lovely short story.But that's all it was, a short story, and should have remained so.Before someone drags out your piece to a 3 hour sedative they ought tomaybe actually write a s-t-o-r-y to justify the running time.

    **Watch the trailer**. That's all you need. And really, do watch it.It's interesting, it's pretty to look at, and really that's the entirestory right there, a minute-and-a-half, you can see all of the make-upand special effects, you can pretend you've seen the film, causenothing more happens – save yourself 3 hours and go spend time withyour family instead, appreciate the gift of life instead of squanderingit on bad films, or watch a different movie, (ooh, Juno, that was agood flick with an actual script – about dealing with life, hardshipsand all without boring people to tears), or go bang your head against awall, something remotely entertaining. Brad, Cate, Julia, you'rewonderful, all of you, the whole cast, you're lovely, you got pummeledby a lousy non-script and mind-blowingly uninspired direction. I'msorry for you all.

  9. del91 from Anywhere...yet nowhere
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    Brad Pitt makes his mark as an actor here as Benjamin Button, a manwith a strange disorder – physically aging backwards. Along hisemotional journey of life he encounters friends, family, loved ones,adventures, and most of all, chances.

    Rarely has a film keeps the realism intact while still sustaining themagic of it. Truly, David Fincher and Pitt have created a film that isleaps and bounds ahead of its time. Taking a strange and fascinatingtale and making it into one of the decade's very best films issomething of an accomplishment.

    Pitt, here, is an actor, not just a pretty face anymore. With thestate-of-the-art visual effects at his hand, he pretty much carries thewhole show. It is perhaps the first time since Andy Serkis' renditionof Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, that great acting has eclipsedterrific special effects. You genuinely feel and sympathize for hischaracter, rooting for him all the way. Pitt owns the film, in short.He and David Fincher make a great team, and they look unstoppable tocreate more terrific films.

    For the supporting cast, Cate Blanchett plays the love interest ofDaisy to great effect. Her tale with Benjamin's make them somewhatstar-crossed lovers. I won't go that far into detail but you'll seemuch later into the film. Taraji P. Henson also shines as Benjamin'ssurrogate mother, who gives her son the support he needs. Not tomention Tilda Swinton as an early love interest.

    The screenplay by Eric Roth is excellent. Told from Benjamin's point ofview with some highlights by Daisy, there are no clichéd dialogs to beheard, and the script is filled with equal moments of joy, ecstasy,sorrow, and understanding. Some dialog here is timeless and quotable,such as the film's tag-line; "We are defined by opportunities, even bythe ones we miss." When you age backwards, you get more chances ratherthan missing it. I love that and wish for it, but sadly that is whatmovies are made for. And if that is what you've been thinking after orduring your viewing of this film, then this film has succeeded.

    David Fincher is a tour-de-force of film-making. Straying away fromgritty violent thrillers such as "Zodiac", the unmatched "Fight Club",and "Se7en", he takes a bizarre love story, the most expensive budgethe's faced, and crafts a film with such substance and flair that headds quality to the film. There are moments in the film which make itobvious Fincher is calling the shots. The paced is slow, but thisallows us to absorb and be infatuated with the characters. There is notone dull moment in the film. It is constantly gripping andre-watchable.

    Technically speaking, the cinematography and lighting is absolutelyperfect; gorgeous to the eyes and senses, and while giving the righttone and feel to the film shows us director Fincher's trademark.Accompanying this is the beautiful and heart-wrenching score byAlexandre Desplat, which is absolutely flawless. The special effectsare unique and well-made, and you'll find yourself confused to whethercertain scenes were made with special effects or not. If you want tosee actors when they were young this is the best rendition of effectspossible, and I hope the future movies use more of this amazingtechnology to make their stars more bankable. The special effectsdeserve their Oscar for it is the best I've seen in any movie in 2008.

    In short, it is a beautiful, tragic, and terrific movie. It iscertainly timeless and will stand the test of time, and hopefully, agewell like fine wine (no pun intended). This absolute gem deserves thenominations it gets, too bad it was released the same year as SlumdogMillionaire.

    Overall rating: 9/10

  10. ccthemovieman-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

    I found this to be an interesting film; certainly not boring as I hadheard from a few people who saw it in the theater. To me, it was simplygood storytelling.

    Yes, it's slow, especially by today's movie standards, but it'scertainly a unique story and it's nicely filmed, acted and directed.Story-wise, it's one of those films I understand if people love it orhate it. I'm somewhat in the middle and leaning toward the positive.

    For a movie that runs for over 2 hours and 40 minutes and is not somesuspense or action film, it has to be pretty good to hold one'sinterest. I can only speak for myself; it held my interest for 95percent of it.

    I think the first two-thirds of the movie is the best. Brad Pitt as"Benjamin Button" is pretty fascinating, as is the story of him growingup from a wrinkled, old man-baby to a mid-40s guy. When he re-uniteswith childhood friend "Daisy" (Cate Blanchett) and becomes her lover,the film bogs down in a few spots but few people are going to stopwatching after investing two hours. It picks up again, especially inthe last minutes when "Benjamin" begins to finally become younger thanan adult.

    There's a sadness to this story, especially near the end but overall,even though it's central theme seems to be "death," I don't think it'sa depressing film. It does remind us, in a big way, that the longerwe're around, the more death of friends and loved ones we witness.That's just a sad fact of life. I hear about it all time with myfather, who is 91 years old and has seen almost all of his friends die.

    It's especially true in this story when Benjamin starts off and has alot of old friends to begin with! "Benjamin" was an odd person to me;you could root for him, yet not admire him. He often treated peopleonly to satisfy his desires and could have been so much more. Yet,being "a fly on the wall" and observing his interesting life, wasmemorable, making this a film worthy of the time invested to watch it.

    In the end, the movie made me appreciate the friends I do have, and notto take any of them for granted as life passes us by so fast, no matterwhat direction we're headed!

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