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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button title card

Year - 2008
Studio - Kennedy-Marshall Pictures, Paramount, Warner Bros.
Stars - Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, Faune A. Chambers, Elias Koteas, Donna DuPlantier, Ed Metzger, Jason Flemyng, Joeanna Sayler,Taraji P. Henson, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Director - David Fincher
Writing Credits - Eric Roth and Robin Swicord (screen story), Eric Roth (screenplay), adapted from the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Music - Alexandre Desplat


In early 20th Century New Orleans, a child is born but the mother dies in childbirth. When the father sees that the baby has a grotesque appearance, it leaves it on the steps of a house, which is a nursing home for the elderly. The doctor tells his adoptive mother, Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) that he was born with the characteristics of a very old man, and will likely die soon. She names the boy "Benjamin."

As the infant grows, his health not only improves, but he appears to be actually getting younger. Soon, it is apparent that, the "older" Benjamin gets, the younger he appears. As an adolescent, his best friend is a little girl, Daisy. Although he looks like a miniature old man, his mind and attitude is that of a young boy.

As Benjamin (Brad Pitt) continues to experience reverse aging, his father (Jason Flemying), now a successful owner of a button factory, finds him. Guilt-ridden, he tells Benjamin that he is leaving him his entire fortune.

Curious Case of Benjamin Button poster

Benjamin reunites with the now-adult Daisy (Cate Blanchett) and falls in love with her, but she is consumed with her career as a ballet dancer, and, despite her affection for him, finds the age difference too much to contend with. He takes a job as a tug boat worker and sends Daisy postcards from his travels all over the world.

When Daisy's dancing career is ended when she is struck by an automobile, Benjamin returns to her. Although now in love with each other, their ages having become approximately identical, Benjamin realizes that their relationship is doomed—that otherwise, Daisy will eventually be caring for him as a child.