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Even though I teach middle school, I had not read this book. My students mentioned it often however, and as an instructor of Greek mythology, I became curious about the story when I learned its basic premise was immortality. (I have been told that there was much less a love interest between the teenagers in the book, however this emendation certainly lends a magical spark to the timeless story.) Upon seeing the movie, I can recommend it not only for its excellent treatment of this subject, but also as a film the whole family can enjoy and discuss afterward. In brief, this is the story of those (the family Tuck) who would seek to live forever. Unlike the mythological Tithonius however, who was granted everlasting life without eternal youth, the Tuck family becomes immortal from the moment they drink of the mystical pool at the foot of an ancient tree--a tree that will lend a poignant and touching climax to the end of the film. Suffice it to say, the acting is wonderful. High profile heavyweights such as Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek and William Hurt give predictable sterling performances. Victor Garber (Alias; Annie) is also excellent as the wealthy father. But Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) as Winnie Foster is simply disarming. She is convincing and superb in her effort to balance her desire for love in a life outside of time, with her responsibility to live the life intended for her. The talent of the cast, as well as the curiosity of the storyline makes for few dull moments, and the conclusion left me with one wet Kleenex! This is a beautiful film--from the scenery, to the music, to the performances, to the plot. Yes, it might be simplistic and predictable, but it would take a crusty old grinch to say that this ninety minutes wasn't thoroughly delightful, and time well spent. In the end, the age-old questions remain--is immortality all we would dream it to be? Is it quantity, or quality of life that is important? Does living forever make one unique and privileged, or does it (as Tuck would say) make one merely a rock stuck in a mud bank beside a flowing stream? And where does love fit into this equation? Is being given the love of your life, or loving the life you're given the more appropriate choice? The answer is found in Winnie's final decision on whether or not to drink from the eternal pool--a decision I could not have made.

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"Captivating Tale of Love, Immortality, and C

by kidztchr7@hotmail.com on 1/29/2003

Even though I teach middle school, I had not read this book. My students mentioned it often however, and as an instructor of Greek mythology, I became curious about the story when I learned its basic premise was immortality. (I have been told that there was much less a love interest between the teenagers in the book, however this emendation certainly lends a magical spark to the timeless story.) Upon seeing the movie, I can recommend it not only for its excellent treatment of this subject, but also as a film the whole family can enjoy and discuss afterward. In brief, this is the story of those (the family Tuck) who would seek to live forever. Unlike the mythological Tithonius however, who was granted everlasting life without eternal youth, the Tuck family becomes immortal from the moment they drink of the mystical pool at the foot of an ancient tree--a tree that will lend a poignant and touching climax to the end of the film. Suffice it to say, the acting is wonderful. High profile heavyweights such as Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek and William Hurt give predictable sterling performances. Victor Garber (Alias; Annie) is also excellent as the wealthy father. But Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) as Winnie Foster is simply disarming. She is convincing and superb in her effort to balance her desire for love in a life outside of time, with her responsibility to live the life intended for her. The talent of the cast, as well as the curiosity of the storyline makes for few dull moments, and the conclusion left me with one wet Kleenex! This is a beautiful film--from the scenery, to the music, to the performances, to the plot. Yes, it might be simplistic and predictable, but it would take a crusty old grinch to say that this ninety minutes wasn't thoroughly delightful, and time well spent. In the end, the age-old questions remain--is immortality all we would dream it to be? Is it quantity, or quality of life that is important? Does living forever make one unique and privileged, or does it (as Tuck would say) make one merely a rock stuck in a mud bank beside a flowing stream? And where does love fit into this equation? Is being given the love of your life, or loving the life you're given the more appropriate choice? The answer is found in Winnie's final decision on whether or not to drink from the eternal pool--a decision I could not have made. Read More

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When her parents want to send her away to a school for girls, winnie is distraught. She wanders into the woods and becomes lost. She's taken into the house of the tucks, a simple people who have an earthy and loving house - so unlike the cold, strict home she knew.

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40215419
UPC 786936205794
UPC 14 00786936205794
Format DVD
Release Date 1/25/2005
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Keywords
Coming Of Age
Fantasy
Fantasy Worlds
Love
Magic
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Editors Note
Note Fifteen-year-old Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) is the beautiful, privileged daughter of the richest man in town. A disagreement with her domineering parents (Amy Irving, Victor Garber) sends Winnie outside the fence that surrounds her pristine house and protects her from the outside world, and into the nearby forbidden woods. Her journey becomes a far greater adventure than she ever anticipated when she meets the Tucks, a family of immortals that live deep in the woods. Parents Angus (William Hurt), Mae (Sissy Spacek), and their sons Miles (Scott Bairstow) and Jesse (Jonathan Jackson), stopped aging more than a century ago after drinking from an enchanted spring, a veritable fountain of youth. With the Tucks, Winnie discovers the freedom lacking in her own small world, and a romance blossoms between the mortal teenager and the immortal Jesse. With the local police searching for the missing Winnie and a mysterious stranger (Ben Kingsley) searching for the Tucks, Winnie must choose between immortality and a life with her new friends, or the life--and inevitable death--of a normal human. TUCK EVERLASTING is directed by Jay Russell (MY DOG SKIP, END OF THE LINE), adapted from the classic novel by Natalie Babbitt, and narrated by Elisabeth Shue.
Reviews
New York Times "...An effective, well-made film....[Russell's] eye for landscape is superb..." 10/11/2002 p.E20
Los Angeles Times "...A sweeping romantic fable about love and mortality....[The film] has been made with such skill and sensitivity that its appeal spans generations..." 10/11/2002 p.C12
USA Today "...Well-acted....Sweet, family-friendly and philosophically complex, TUCK EVERLASTING is an unexpected delight..." 10/11/2002 p.6E
Variety "Disney's tradition of intelligent, live-action family period cinema is magnificently revived in TUCK EVERLASTING..." 09/09/2002 p.27-35
Entertainment Weekly "...A dreamy adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's cherished 1974 children's novel..." 10/25/2002 p.52
Directors
Jay Russell
Actors
Sissy Spacek
Ben Kingsley
William Hurt
Cast & Crew
Alexis Bledel - Actor
Jonathan Jackson - Actor
Scott Bairstow - Actor
Sissy Spacek - Actor
William Hurt - Actor
Natalie Babbitt - Based On Novel By
James Carter - Cinematographer
Jay Russell - Director
William Ross - Musical Score
Marc Abraham - Producer
Jeffrey Lieber - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 28840
UPC 00786936205794
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Bledel,Alexis
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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