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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Promotional poster
Directed by David Fincher
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Cean Chaffin
Written by Screenplay:
Eric Roth
Screen story:
Eric Roth
Robin Swicord
Short story:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Starring Brad Pitt
Cate Blanchett
Taraji P. Henson
Julia Ormond
Jason Flemyng
Tilda Swinton
Jared Harris
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Rampai Mohadi
Phyllis Somerville
Edith Ivey
Elias Koteas
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Claudio Miranda
Editing by Kirk Baxter
Angus Wall
Studio Kennedy/Marshall
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) December 25, 2008
Running time 165 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $160,000,000[1] (est.)
Gross revenue $333,932,083[2]

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American fantasy-drama film directed by David Fincher. The screenplay by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord is loosely based on the 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages in reverse and Cate Blanchett as the love interest throughout his life. The film was released in the United States on December 25, 2008.

The film received thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Pitt, and Best Supporting Actress for Taraji P. Henson. It won Oscars for Art Direction, Makeup, and Visual Effects.

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Plot

Daisy (Cate Blanchett), an elderly woman, is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital as Hurricane Katrina approaches. Daisy tells her daughter, Caroline (Julia Ormond), the story of a blind clockmaker named Gateau who was commissioned to create a clock to hang in the New Orleans train station. After receiving news of his only son's death in World War I, he continued work on his clock, but intentionally designed it to run backward, in the hope that it would bring back those who died in the war. After her story, Daisy asks Caroline to read aloud from a diary containing photographs and postcards written by Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt).

On November 11, 1918, just as the people of New Orleans are celebrating the end of the Great War, a baby boy is born with the appearance and physical maladies of a very elderly man. The baby's mother dies shortly after giving birth, and the father, Thomas Button (Jason Flemyng), abandons the infant on the porch of a nursing home. Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) and Mr. "Tizzy" Weathers (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), a couple who work at the nursing home, find the baby. Queenie, who is unable to conceive, decides to take the baby in as her own and names the baby Benjamin.

Queenie takes Benjamin to a Christian faith healing service where Benjamin rises from his wheelchair and walks for the first time. In 1930, while still appearing to be seventy-three, Benjamin meets six-year-old Daisy (Elle Fanning), whose grandmother lives in the nursing home. The children play together and listen to Daisy's grandmother read from a storybook. As Benjamin gets younger, he accepts work at on the docks of New Orleans for Captain Mike (Jared Harris). Benjamin also meets Thomas Button, who does not reveal that he is Benjamin's father. In 1936, Benjamin leaves New Orleans with the tugboat crew for a long-term work engagement. While in the Russian port city of Murmansk, he begins an affair with the older, married Elizabeth Abbott (Tilda Swinton).

While in Russia, the tugboat crew hear of the Pearl Harbor attack. Captain Mike tells his crew that his tugboat has been commissioned into the United States Navy. They work through the war hauling crippled ships until one night, when they come upon an allied transport that had been torpedoed and sunk by a U-boat. They are able to ram and sink the U-boat when it surfaces, but the ship is critically damaged. Benjamin and one other crew member are the only survivors.

In 1945, Benjamin returns to New Orleans, and learns that the twenty-one-year-old Daisy has become a successful dancer in New York City, and that Tizzy just died. Benjamin crosses paths with Thomas Button again. Thomas, who is dying, reveals he is his father. Thomas wills Benjamin his house, his button factory and other possessions before he dies.

Benjamin later travels to New York to meet Daisy at a performance, and finds Daisy has fallen in love with a fellow dancer. Daisy's dance career is ended in 1957 in Paris when she is hit by a taxi cab that breaks her leg. When Benjamin goes to see her, Daisy is amazed at his youthful appearance, but frustrated at her own injuries; she turns him away by telling Benjamin to stay out of her life. In 1962, Daisy returns to New Orleans and reunites with Benjamin. Now the same physical age, they fall in love and get an apartment together.

Queenie dies and Daisy becomes pregnant. Daisy gives birth to a girl, Caroline. Benjamin, believing he cannot be a father figure to his daughter due to his reverse aging, sells his belongings, and leaves the proceeds to Daisy and Caroline. He travels to India.

Benjamin returns to Daisy in 1980. Daisy is now re-married. Daisy introduces Benjamin to her husband, and Caroline as a long-time family friend. Daisy and Benjamin then meet privately in Benjamin's hotel where they share their passion for each other, but decide to remain apart. Benjamin departs again.

In 1991, Daisy receives a phone call from social workers. They inform her that they found Benjamin — now a young twelve year old — living in a condemned building. The social workers believe that he has dementia as he cannot remember much of his past. Daisy moves into the nursing home where Benjamin grew up and takes care of him as he becomes increasingly younger.

In 2002, Mr. Gateau's old clock is removed from the train station. Shortly afterward, Benjamin, who is now physically an infant, dies in Daisy's arms. Benjamin's story now told, Daisy dies in her hospital bed. The film ends with a shot of a basement as it slowly fills with water while Mr. Gateau's clock nearby continues ticking.

Cast

Production

Development

Producer Ray Stark bought the film rights to do The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the mid-1980's, and it was optioned by Universal Pictures. The first choice to direct it was Frank Oz, with Martin Short attached for the title role, but Oz couldn't work out how to make the story work. The film was optioned in 1991 by Steven Spielberg, with Tom Cruise attached for the lead role. But, Spielberg left the project to direct Jurassic Park and Schindler's List. Other directors attached were Patrick Read Johnson and Agnieszka Holland. Stark eventually sold the rights to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who took the film to Paramount Pictures, with Universal Pictures still on as a co-production partner. By summer 1994, Maryland Film Office chief Jack Gerbes was approached with the possibility of making the film in Baltimore.[3] In October 1998, screenwriter Robin Swicord wrote for director Ron Howard an adapted screenplay of the short story, a project which would potentially star actor John Travolta.[4] In May 2000, Paramount Pictures hired screenwriter Jim Taylor to adapt a screenplay from the short story. The studio also attached director Spike Jonze to helm the project.[5] Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman had also written a draft of the adapted screenplay at one point.[6] In June 2003, director Gary Ross entered final negotiations to helm the project based on a new draft penned by screenwriter Eric Roth.[7] In May 2004, Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures joined to co-finance the project, with Paramount Pictures marketing the film in foreign territories and Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution (those were eventually switched).[citation needed] In the same month, director David Fincher entered negotiations to replace Ross in directing the film.[8] In July 2005, Fincher negotiated a deal with the studios to direct Benjamin Button and Zodiac back-to-back, with Zodiac being produced first.

Adaptation

The completed screenplay differs from Fitzgerald's short story in numerous ways. The short story is set in Baltimore, not New Orleans. In the short story, the baby is born speaking like an adult and with a long white beard. He is born in a hospital, not at home, and is 70 years old, not 85. In addition, he is not deserted by his father at a home for the elderly, but is cared for by Mr. Button and encouraged to go to college. He also mentally ages backward, not forward.

Casting

In May 2005, actors Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett entered negotiations to star in the film as Benjamin Button and Daisy, respectively.[9] In September 2006, actors Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, and Taraji P. Henson entered negotiations to be cast into the film.[10] The following October, with production yet to begin, actress Julia Ormond was cast as Daisy's daughter, to whom Blanchett's character tells the story of her love affair with Benjamin Button.[11]

Filming

Some filming was conducted in the Garden District of New Orleans, including this home at 2707 Coliseum St.
Parisian scenes shooting in Old Montreal

For Benjamin Button, New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding area was chosen as the filming location for the story to take advantage of the state's production incentives, and shooting was slated to begin in October 2006.[12] Filming of Benjamin Button began on November 6, 2006 in New Orleans. In January 2007, Blanchett joined the shoot.[13] Fincher praised the ease of accessibility to rural and urban sets in New Orleans and said that the recovery from Hurricane Katrina did not serve as an atypical hindrance to production.[14] In March 2007, production moved to Los Angeles for two more months of filming.[3] Principal photography was targeted to last a total of 150 days. Additional time was needed at visual effects house Digital Domain to create the visual effects for the metamorphosis of Brad Pitt's character to the infant stage.[15] The director used a camera system called Contour, developed by Steve Perlman, to capture facial deformation data from live-action performances.[16] Overall production was finished in September 2007.[17] The movie props were donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Some of the scenes were shot in Montreal as well.

Music and Dancing

The score to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was written by French composer Alexandre Desplat, who recorded his score with an 87-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Sony Scoring Stage.[18] The film's first trailer featured the "Aquarium" movement of Camille Saint-Saëns' The Carnival of the Animals. The choir singing in the trailer is Libera, a group of boys from South London. The international trailer contains the song "A Moment of Greatness" by Immediate Music. One of the TV spots contains the song "My Body is a Cage" by Arcade Fire. Some TV spots use the song "The Return", which is part of APM Music's Liquid Cinema Collection "Cinematic Emotions & Drama". There are also songs in the film shared with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, including "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby" and "I'll Fly Away", from a different recording. The piano piece that Benjamin learns and which is reprised at the end of the film is Bethena: A Concert Waltz by Scott Joplin.

Benjamin and Daisy watch The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show singing "Twist and Shout".

The principal dancer for teenage and adult Daisy was Jessica Cropper.

Reception

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was originally slated for theatrical release in May 2008,[19] but it was pushed back to November 26, 2008.[20] The release date was moved again to December 25 in the United States, January 16, 2009 in Mexico, February 6 in the United Kingdom, February 13 in Italy[21][22] and February 27 in South Africa.

Box office performance

On its opening day, the film opened in the number two position behind Marley & Me, in North America with $11,871,831 in 2,988 theaters with a $3,973 average.[2] However, during its opening weekend, the film dropped to the third position behind Marley & Me and Bedtime Stories with $26,853,816 in 2,988 theaters with an $8,987 average. The film has come to gross $127.5 million domestically and $206.4 million in foreign markets, with a total gross of $333.9 million.[2]

Critical reception

The film has received positive reviews. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 72% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 221 reviews, with 79% of selected "Top Critics" giving the film positive reviews, based on 33 reviews.[23][24] According to Metacritic, the film received an average score of 70 out of 100, based on 37 reviews.[25] Yahoo! Movies reported the film received a B+ average score from critical consensus, based on 12 reviews.[26]

Todd McCarthy of Variety gave the film a positive review, calling it a "richly satisfying serving of deep-dish Hollywood storytelling."[27] Peter Howell of The Toronto Star says: "It's been said that the unexamined life is not worth living. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button suggests an addendum: a life lived backwards can be far more enriching..." and describes the film as "a magical and moving account of a man living his life resoundingly in reverse" and "moviemaking at its best."[28] Rod Yates of Empire awarded it five out of a possible five stars.[29] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter felt the film was "superbly made and winningly acted by Brad Pitt in his most impressive outing to date." Honeycutt praised Fincher's directing of the film and noted that the "cinematography wonderfully marries a palette of subdued earthern colors with the necessary CGI and other visual effects that place one in a magical past." Honeycutt states the bottom line about Benjamin Button is that it is "an intimate epic about love and loss that is pure cinema."[30]

A.O. Scott of The New York Times states, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, more than two and a half hours long, sighs with longing and simmers with intrigue while investigating the philosophical conundrums and emotional paradoxes of its protagonist’s condition in a spirit that owes more to Jorge Luis Borges than to Fitzgerald." Scott praised director David Fincher and writes "Building on the advances of pioneers like Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Robert Zemeckis...Mr. Fincher has added a dimension of delicacy and grace to digital filmmaking" and further states, "While it stands on the shoulders of breakthroughs like Minority Report, The Lord of the Rings and Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button may be the most dazzling such hybrid yet, precisely because it is the subtlest." He also stated: "At the same time, like any other love--like any movie--it is shadowed by disappointment and fated to end."[31]

On the other hand, Anne Hornaday of The Washington Post states, "There's no denying the sheer ambition and technical prowess of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. What's less clear is whether it entirely earns its own inflated sense of self-importance..." and further says, "It plays too safe when it should be letting its freak flag fly."[32] Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle panned the film and states, "Fincher's selling us beautifully cheekboned movie stars frolicking in bedsheets and calling it a great love. I didn't buy it for a second."[33]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying that it is "a splendidly made film based on a profoundly mistaken premise." He goes on to elaborate that "The movie's premise devalues any relationship, makes futile any friendship or romance, and spits, not into the face of destiny, but backward into the maw of time."[34]

Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian called it "166 minutes of twee tedium", giving it one star out of a possible five.[35]

Ashley Scrace from the Sheffield Star noted: "It is a good film, but one of contradictions, some of which are far beyond the story of young versus old. It is surprising yet clichéd; sad yet hollow; visually impressive yet ordinary." He goes on to add, "I just hope this year’s Oscars do not follow a tired formula: biggest budget, plus biggest stars, equals biggest awards." The film was rated at three stars out of a possible five.[36]

Cosmo Landesman of the Sunday Times wrote: "The film’s premise serves no purpose. It’s a gimmick that goes on for nearly three hours," concluding "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an anodyne Hollywood film that offers a safe and sanitised view of life and death. It's Forrest Gump goes backwards," while awarding the film two out of five stars.[37] James Christopher in The Times called it "a tedious marathon of smoke and mirrors. In terms of the basic requirements of three-reel drama the film lacks substance, credibility, a decent script and characters you might actually care for"[38] while Derek Malcolm of London's Evening Standard notes that "never at any point do you feel that there’s anything more to it than a very strange story traversed by a film-maker who knows what he is doing but not always why he is doing it."[39]

The screenplay also came under criticism for its perceived unoriginality. Many have noted extensive similarities between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump, both written by Eric Roth, prompting accusations of "self-plagiarism."[40][41][42][43]

Top ten lists

The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008.[44] According to Movie City News, the film has appeared on 79 different top ten lists out of 286 different critics lists surveyed, the 6th most mentioned on a top ten list of the films released in 2008.[45] According to CriticsTop10, the film appeared on over 136 film critics top ten lists, with 12 number one mentions, and was also ranked 6th of the year in terms of appearances on critics' top ten lists.[46]

Home media

The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 5, 2009 by Paramount. The Criterion release includes over three hours of special features, and a documentary about the making of the film.[47] Benjamin Button has something of an unusual distribution arrangement for the Blu-ray release world wide. The US Criterion release does not appear to be available in other countries and it is unknown whether Warner struck a different transfer for other markets or used the same master outside of US. For releases in countries such as UK and Australia, the Blu-ray is distributed by Warner Brothers with no reference to Criterion on the packaging. The Criterion edition has received outstanding reviews for audio and video presentation. The main audio track is consistent across all editions (DTS HD Master Audio) and the special features appear to be consistent across both editions also. The Australian edition of the Blu-ray includes a license to download a digital copy of the movie to portable devices. This license key is valid for 1 year from release date of the Blu-ray. There is no media in the set containing the portable digital edition of the movie. As of November 1, 2009 the DVD has sold 2,515,722 DVD copies and has generated $41,196,515 in sales revenue.[48]

Awards and honors

Award Category Recipient Result
81st Academy Awards Best Picture Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Ceán Chaffin
Nominated
Best Director David Fincher Nominated
Best Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Taraji P. Henson Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
Best Film Editing Kirk Baxter
Angus Wall
Nominated
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Nominated
Best Art Direction Donald Graham Burt
Victor J. Zolfo
Won
Best Costume Design Jacqueline West Nominated
Best Makeup Won
Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated
Best Sound Mixing Nominated
Best Visual Effects Won
American Society of Cinematographers[49] Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Claudio Miranda Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association[50] Best Supporting Actress Taraji P. Henson Won
British Academy Film Awards Best Film Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Ceán Chaffin
Nominated
Best Makeup & Hair Won
Best Director David Fincher Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
Best Leading Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
Best Costume Design Nominated
Best Music Alexandre Desplat Nominated
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
Best Production Design Won
Best Visual Effects Won
Broadcast Film Critics[51] Best Film Nominated
Best Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
Best Actress Cate Blanchett Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Director David Fincher Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Taraji P. Henson Nominated
Best Cast Nominated
Best Writer Eric Roth Nominated
Best Composer Alexandre Desplat Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards Best Score Alexandre Desplat Won
Top 10 Films of the Year 9th
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
Best Director David Fincher Nominated
Best Screenplay, Adapted Eric Roth Nominated
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Nominated
Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures David Fincher Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama Brad Pitt Nominated
Best Director - Motion Picture David Fincher Nominated
Best Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Picture Won
Best Director David Fincher Nominated
Best Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
Best Actress Cate Blanchett Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Taraji P. Henson Nominated
Best Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Won
Best Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Art Direction Won
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Won
Best Costume Design Jacqueline West Won
London Film Critics' Circle Film of the Year Nominated
Director of the Year David Fincher Won
British Supporting Actress of the Year Tilda Swinton Won
Screenwriter of the Year Eric Roth Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Taraji P. Henson Nominated
National Board of Review[51][52] National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
Best Director David Fincher Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Won
Satellite Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth and Robin Swicord Nominated
Best Art Direction and Production Design Donald Graham Burt and Tom Reta Nominated
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Nominated
Best Costume Design Jacqueline West Nominated
Saturn Award Best Fantasy Film Won
Best Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
Best Actress Cate Blatchett Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton Won
Best Director David Fincher Nominated
Best Writing Eric Roth Nominated
Best Music Alexandre Desplat Nominated
Best Make-Up Won
Best Visual Effects Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Brad Pitt Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Taraji P. Henson Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Cate Blanchett
Jason Flemyng
Jared Harris
Taraji P. Henson
Elias Koteas
Julia Ormond
Brad Pitt
Phyllis Somerville
Tilda Swinton
Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards[53] Best Film Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards[54] Best Director David Fincher Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Art Direction Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth
Robin Swicord
Nominated

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) is an American drama film, inspired by the 1921 short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Benjamin Button

  • My name is Benjamin Button, and I was born under unusual circumstances. While everyone else was aging, I was gettin' younger... all alone.
  • Along the way you bump into people who make a dent on your life.
  • It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you.
  • Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.
  • Sometimes we're on a collision course, and we just don't know it. Whether it's by accident or by design, there's not a thing we can do about it.
  • If only one thing had happened differently: if that shoelace hadn't broken; or that delivery truck had moved moments earlier; or that package had been wrapped and ready, because the girl hadn't broken up with her boyfriend; or that man had set his alarm and got up five minutes earlier; or that taxi driver hadn't stopped for a cup of coffee; or that woman had remembered her coat, and got into an earlier cab, Daisy and her friend would've crossed the street, and the taxi would've driven by. But life being what it is — a series of intersecting lives and incidents, out of anyone's control — that taxi did not go by, and that driver was momentarily distracted, and that taxi hit Daisy, and her leg was crushed.
  • I think, right there and then, she realized none of us is perfect forever.
  • For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
    • Letter to his daughter
  • Some people were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people — dance.
    • Last lines

Daisy

  • I promise you, I'll never lose myself to self-pity again.
  • And in the spring, 2003, he looked at me. And I knew — that he knew — who I was. And then he closed his eyes, as if to go to sleep.

Queenie

  • Poor child, he got the worst of it. Come out white.
  • You never know what's comin' for ya.

Caroline

  • I wish I'd known him.

Mr. Daws

  • Did you know that I was struck by lightning seven times?
  • Did I ever tell you I was struck by lightning seven times? Once when I was in the field, just tending to my cows:
  • Did I ever tell you I been struck by lightning seven times? Once when I was just sittin' in my truck just minding my own business.
  • Did I ever tell you I been struck by lightning seven times? Once when I was repairing a leak on the roof.
    Once I was just crossing the road to get the mail.
    Once, I was walking my dog down the road.
  • Blinded in one eye; can't hardly hear. I get twitches and shakes out of nowhere; always losing my line of thought. But you know what? God keeps reminding me I'm lucky to be alive.
  • Storm's comin'.

Others

  • Benjamin, we're meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?
    • Mrs. Maple
  • You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.
    • Captain Mike's last words.
  • Life can only be understood backward. It must be lived forward.
    • Appeared in Trailer

Bold text== Dialogue ==

Caroline Button: Promise me he'll have a place.
Thomas Button: I... I promise.

Daisy: Are you sick?
Benjamin Button: They said I was gonna die soon but, maybe not.
Daisy: You're odd.

Benjamin Button: Momma? Momma? Some days, I feel different than the day before.
Queenie: Everyone feels different about themselves one way or another, but we all goin' the same way.

Daisy: You're so young.
Benjamin Button: Only on the outside.

Daisy: Will you sleep with me?
Benjamin Button: Absolutely.

Daisy: We're almost the same age.
Benjamin Button: We finally caught up with each other.

Benjamin Button: I was thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is.
Daisy: Some things last.

Daisy: What's it like growing younger?"
Benjamin Button: Can't really say, I'm always looking out of my own eyes.

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