Daisy Fuller Williams is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital the day that Hurricane Katrina hits. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud from the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin's diary recounts his entire extraordinary life. The unusual aspect of his life is that he is ages backwards, being born an old man. He is diagnosed with several aged diseases at birth and thus given little chance of survival. He does survive and gets younger with time. Abandoned by Thomas Button, his biological father, 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, 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 Benjamin's diary are difficult for Caroline to read.
Hollywood, Calif. : [Irvington, NY] - Paramount Home Entertainment , Criterion Collection
English, French, and
English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Director of photography, Claudio Miranda ; editors, Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall; music, Alexandre Desplat.
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemying, Elias Koteas, Tilda Swinton.
DVD; NTSC; region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; widescreen 2.40:1 apsect ratio
From the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008
Title from container
Special features: interviews with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; audio commentary with David Fincher; footage of visual effects and makeup techniques; examination of the motion-capture process aging Brad Pitt; interview with Alexander Desplat; featurette on storyboards, costumes and direction; stills galleries
disc 1. Feature film -- disc 2. The supplements
Statement of Responsibility:
Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present a Kennedy/Marshall production, a David Fincher film ; produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Ceán Chaffin ; directed by David Fincher ; screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord ; screenplay by Eric Roth
2 videodiscs (165 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.