The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Synopsis: On the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, elderly Daisy Williams (nee Fuller) is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin's diary recounts his entire extraordinary life, the primary unusual aspect of which was his aging backwards, being diagnosed with several aging diseases at birth and thus given little chance of survival, but who does survive and gets younger with time. Abandoned by his biological father, Thomas Button, after Benjamin's biological mother died in childbirth, Benjamin was raised by Queenie, a black woman and caregiver at a seniors home. Daisy's grandmother was a resident at that home, which is where she first met Benjamin. Although separated through the years, Daisy and Benjamin remain in contact throughout their lives, reconnecting in their forties when in age they finally match up. Some of the revelations in
Director(s): David Fincher
Production: Paramount
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 77 wins & 155 nominations.
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166 min

What are you looking at, Caroline?

-The wind, mom.

They say a hurricane is coming.

I feel like I'm on a boat...


Can I do anything for you, mom?

Make anything easier?

Oh, sugar. There is

nothing left to do.

It is what it is.

I'm finding it harder

to keep my eyes open.

My mouth's full of... cotton.

There, there, miss Daisy.

You will scratch yourself to ribbons.

Do you want any more

medication, mother?

Doctor said you can

have as much as you want.

No need for anybody to suffer.

A friend told me that...

she never had a chance to say

goodbye to her mother.

I wanted to tell you...

how much I'm gonna miss you.


Oh, Caroline.

Are you afraid?

-I'm curious.

What comes next...

They built that train

station in 1918.

Our father was there

the day it opened.

He said that...

a tuba band was playing.

They had the finest clockmaker

in all of the South

to build that glorious clock.

His name was

Mr Gateau.

Mr Cake.

He was married to a Creole

of Evangeline Parish

and they had a son.

Mr Gateau was from birth

absolutely blind.

When their son was old enough,

he joined the army.

They prayed God would keep him

out of harm's way.

For months, he did nothing

but work on that clock.

One day a letter came.

Mr Gateau, done for the night,

went up alone to bed.

And their son came home.

They burried him

in a family plot

where he would be with them

when their time came.

Mr Cake worked on his clock,

laboring to finish.

It was a morning to remember.

Papa said there were

people everywhere.

Even Teddy Roosevelt came.

It's running backwards!

I made it that way.

So that perhaps the boys

that we lost in a war

might stand and

come home again.

Home to farm,


have children,

to live long, full lives.

Perhaps my own son

might come home again.

I'm sorry if I offended anybody.

I hope you enjoy my clock.

Mr Cake was never seen again.

Some say he died

of a broken heart.

Some say he went to sea...

Excuse me, do you mind

if I make a call?

Somebody's watching

my little boy. -Sure.

I hope I haven't

disappointed you.

You couldn't disappoint me.

Well, I...

I know I don't have much

to show for myself.

The suitcase.

There's a diary.


Could you read it to me, dear?

-Is this what you wanna do?

I tried to read it a hundred

different times...

Mom, it's not exactly...

Just the sound of

your voice, darling.

It's dated "April 4th, 1985."

It says, "New Orleans."

This is my last will

and testament.

I don't have much to leave,

few possessions, no money really.

I will go out of this world

the same way I came in,

alone and with nothing.

All I have is my story.

I'm writing it now

while I still remember it.

My name is Benjamin.

Benjamin Button.

And I was born under

unusual circumstances.

The first world war had ended.

I've been told it was an

especially good night to be born.

We won the war!

What are you doing here?


I'm afraid she's gonna die.


That's enough! All of you!

Get away from her!

I came as quickly as I could.

The streets are filled with people.

Thomas, promise me

he has a place...


She gave her life for me.

And for that,

I am forever grateful.

Mr Button...!


Thomas, wait!

Hey, what are you doing there!?

What do you have there?

The air is sweet.

You look very handsome

tonigh, miss Queenie.

Handsome as I ever seen you.

The brown matches your eyes.

-Oh, hush!

You ain't no slouch yourself.

Hambert's back in town.

He came home legless...

but he home... I know you was

sweet on him one time...

Sweeter than I shoulda been...

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Eric Roth

Eric Roth (born March 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). more…

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