Tuck Everlasting

Released 2003


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Jay Russell

Tuck Everlasting is the 2002 film that is based on the novel written by Natalie Babbitt. The film was produced by Disney and directed by Jay Russell. The film follows the story of a young, teenage girl named Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel), who comes from an uptight, wealthy, Victorian family. Not able to take the restrictions of her family, Winnie runs away into the forest and stumbles upon a young boy, about her age, named Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson). She catches Jesse drinking from a crystal clear spring ' a spring that instills everlasting life. Afraid she will spill the secret of the Tuck family, she is kidnapped and held hostage, but her kidnapping leads her to fall in love with Jesse. But her family sends out a search party and as the party grows closer and closer to finding the spring and the Tuck family, Winnie must choose between an everlasting love with the Tucks or a mortal life without them. Convinced she will only bring hurt to the Tuck family she decides to stay behind while the Tuck family flees. Many years later, Jesse returns to the spring only to find that Winnie never drank from it and that she lived a long and satisfying life. The film also stars Sir ben Kingsley, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Scott Bairstow, Amy Irving, and Victor Garber.


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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A sweeping romantic fable about love and mortality, targets an audience of girls in their early teens, but has been made with such skill and sensitivity that its appeal spans gener...

  • 80

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    An effective, well-made film that will certainly please its target audience of preteen girls.

  • 80

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Disney's tradition of intelligent, live-action family period cinema is magnificently revived in Tuck Everlasting.

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