Tuck Everlasting (2002) [VHS]
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Walt Disney Pictures' TUCK EVERLASTING, a timeless and enchanting adventure about one girl's magical summer, will captivate audiences of any age. Young Winnie Foster, stifled by the formality of her proper life and domineering mother, escapes into the woods only to get lost. Soon she happens upon Jesse Tuck -- a boy full of life and adventure who's unlike anyone she's ever met -- and falls in love. The Tucks, a kind and generous family, have a powerful secret -- a spring that holds the magic of everlasting life. And now Winnie must choose to live life as she knows it or drink from the spring. It's a life-affirming adventure that will cast its irresistible spell over you again and again.

With the makings of a classic, Disney's Tuck Everlasting compares favorably with such family favorites as The Secret Garden and Fairy Tale: A True Story. Loosely but respectfully adapted from Natalie Babbitt's beloved children's book, this appealing fable focuses on the timeless Tuck family, blessed--and cursed--with immortality after drinking from a magical spring. Hiding their secret over passing decades, they are discovered in 1914 by Winnie (Alexis Bledel)--the only daughter of stern, upper-crust socialites--who encounters the life-affirming Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) and grows enchanted with his family (Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, Scott Bairstow) while her parents fear she's been kidnapped. The film's teenage romance is invented (Winnie is younger in Babbitt's book), but it's charmingly appropriate, and Ben Kingsley is perfect as a menacing man of mystery. Scoring a solid follow-up to his equally enjoyable My Dog Skip, director Jay Russell turns Tuck Everlasting into a magical plea for living life to its fullest. --Jeff Shannon

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  • If you could choose to live forever, would you?
    Despite the impressive cast of adult actors assembled for the 2002 film version of "Tuck Everlasting," this adaptation of Natalie Babbit's novel is clearly geared for adolescents. By that I mean that older viewers can easily get caught up in identifying problems with the story from an adult perspective, while younger viewers will be focused on imagining what it would be like to be confronted with the choice that faces Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel), the only child of a wealthy family living in a town in upstate New York on the even of the First World War. Winnie wants to be a tomboy, or at least a normal young girl, but her life is as strictly controlled as her body is by the corset her mother (Amy Irving) insists she wear. One day she is told by her father (Victor Garber) that she will be sent away to a boarding school, so Winnie runs away, deep into the woods where she meets handsome young Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson).

    Unfortunately, the Tuck family is hiding out in the deep woods, and they cannot afford to have anybody know where they are, even young Winnie. So she is brought back to the family home, where Jesse lives with his parents, Mae (Sissy Spacek) and Angus (William Hurt), and his brother, Miles (Scott Bairstow). In good time she learns the family secret: a century ago the Tucks discovered a small spring in the woods. They drank from the sweet waters and found out that they no longer aged and had become invulnerable. In other words, they are immortals. But there is someone out there, a strange man wearing a yellow suit (Ben Kingsley), who has been on their trail and is obviously interested in the magic waters that make life everlasting. With everyone looking for the missing Winnie, the life the Tuck family has been living might be coming to an end, even if their lives do not.

    The choice for Winnie is whether she should drink from the spring and stay young forever with Jeese, who is really 104, or live a mortal life. Miles thinks it is a bad idea. He fell in love once, married, and had two children. But when his wife learned his secret she became convinced he had made a pact with the devil and left Miles, taking his children. Would Miles have shared the water with them at some point? What point would he have picked? Miles is planning to enlist when the Great War begins because he longs to die, even though he knows he cannot be killed.

    This is where the adult mind, weaned on countless horror films, takes over and comes up with lots of ways of granting Miles his wish (none of which I will share with you here). But "Tuck Everlasting" is not about the real world, even if that is where Babbitt sets her tale, and the point here is not about looking backwards, but looking forward. It is Angus Tuck who makes the most important points to young Winnie. Angus knows that people will do just about anything not to die, but finds it more important that "they'll do anythng to keep from living their life." More importantly, he does not consider what the Tucks have to be called "living," comparing it to being "like rocks, stuck at the side of a stream." In the end, Angus' sage advice is for her not be afraid of death, but to "Be afraid of the unlived life."

    Again, the adult is quick to point out that Angus does not have to be living in a home in the woods. He can go disappear in the teaming cities of America or anywhere else in the world, moving from place to place often enough for no one to suspect the truth (that is what his sons do). But the kids are looking at this one from the perspective of Winnie and Jesse. After all, Jesse not only looks like he is 17 but acts like it as well (Is this the first time he has been in love or is Winnie special? Only adults will care). I wonder what Mae thinks about the life she is living, but no one ever bothers to ask her.

    "Tuck Everlasting" is sweetly romantic. The kissing is fairly chaste and the most romantic moment has the winsome Bledel as the young Winnie dancing by firelight. The screenplay of Babbitt's novel is by Jeffrey Lieber, creator of this year's new television series "Lost," and James V. Hart, who did the screenplay for "Bram Stoker's Dracula," and I am told that the romantic elements are more developed here than in the novel. Still, the innocent romance seems in keeping with the rest of the story. The fate of the Tucks becomes the focal point of the film's climax, but the resolution still has to do with Winnie's choice.

    If young viewers are still not clear about the point of this film, then they can avail themselves of the "Lessons Of Tuck" feature on the DVD. This special viewing mode allows kids to switch from the film to special segments that explore the themes and issues of the movie with actor Jonathan Jackson, other cast members, and some regular kids. Other DVD features include a pair of commentary tracks, the first with director Jay Russell and screenwriter James V. Hart and the second with Russell and the three young cast members, Jackson, Bledel and Bairstow. Finally there is a featurette that visits with author Natalie Babbitt, which looks more at her entire career as a writer and artist of children's literature and not "Tuck Everlasting" in particular....more info
  • Older film, great price
    Mailed in a timely manner, great quality, and a good reasonable price for this film that my granddaughter studied in school and wanted to see....more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    Average customer review....4 1/2 stars?!?! Right. Though I've never read the book I think I would've found it more enjoyable than the movie. Maybe it was the acting of Jonathen Jackson that really bugged me. That voice...

    My main question after the end. And maybe this was answered at one point in the movie but I'm not recalling it. If one drink from the spring gives them life everlasting. Why the heck are they still drinking from it?...more info
  • Enjoyable...but not true enough to the book.

    After reading Natalie Babbitt's "Tuck Everlasting" I decided I should watch the film, just to see how it compared. I admit, this is generally a bad idea as films can never quite match the images that come up in one's imagination, however I enjoy doing this after reading a book. Even if it does not match I feel it forever crystallizes the novel in my head.

    Well, there were varying differences of success with this adaptation, which I will attempt to talk about. One glaringly obvious change was Winnie's age, which in the film was altered from a young girl of ten years to a young woman of 16 or 17. It was obvious that this change was made so that Disney could amp up the love story between her and Jesse, and so much of that was done that it took up a large portion of the movie, whereas in the book it was a small detail that was innocent moments here and there between the two characters.

    Another difference seemed to come with the character of Miles Tuck, who seemed more brooding and destructive in the film than in the book. For those who don't know Miles has a lot to suffer for, as he had married at a younger point in his life, and then lost his family when the truth of his immortality was revealed to his bride. In the book this made him a rather somber character, and a sympathetic one, but it was mostly because he feels rather... deflated, I guess would be a good word. He seems saddened about the whole thing, but because he has had time (60 some years) to think about his family his feelings are tempered, and all of the angry edges seemed to be taken down. Miles in the film is still upset about his wife leaving, actually, he is still downright angry about her leaving. There is no relief, no acceptance, he is just ticked off to no end... and this difference makes him a less sympathetic character (to me, at least) because he desires nothing more than to harm himself over the whole thing, as proved by a card game he indulges in at one point in the film. To me this masochistic streak was unnecessary, as Babbitt so elegantly wrote his pain to be present, but tolerable, because (as the old adage goes) time heals all wounds, and Miles is proof of that statement to a tee.

    Another change comes with Jesse Tuck himself, who is still his adventurous self only now he seems more hell-bent on being anywhere his family is not. This may just be that he is a young man (despite the 87 years of immortality) and he simply desires to see the world and what he can do in it, but his motives seem more selfish and less... puckish than the Jesse in the book (who reminded me of a Mark Twain character, Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, more so than an adventurer). The Father, Angus, feels different too, as he seemed to have more of a death wish in the book and this was diminished in the film I suppose to make him more appealing and less dark.

    There were enjoyable elements of the film, don't get me wrong. The basic plot is still there, but I was so much a fan of the way the characters were written that I was naturally disappointed by these alterations. I loved the scene in the waterfall pool, where Jesse and Winnie are swimming together, as well as the jailbreak scene in the end... and even some of the romantic moments added were not bad, but I do feel as if this movie suffers purely because I so loved the book. The casting isn't horrible, it's pretty dead on (except for Winnie who feels out of place simply because of the whole age difference), but the changes to the characters make it a not perfect film for me. I enjoyed it, but it could have been better, had they stuck more to the original material.
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  • A Thinking Person's Family Film
    Nicely filmed and intelligently conceived (based on Natalie Babbitt's novel), Disney's "Tuck Everlasting" works on enough levels to make it an entertaining film for the whole family. Unfortunately it gets bogged down in sentimentality and spends less time dealing with the many issues it raises, making it less substantial than Bobbitt's original. The classic Disney feel is there, with sweet emotions, pleasant vistas, and good-natured simple characters; the sweet Mrs. Tuck (Sissy Spacek) and the reserved but good-hearted Mr. Tuck (William Hurt). The Tucks and their two sons hold the secret of immortality, which they have found to be both a blessing and a curse.

    "Tuck Everlasting" is set mostly in early 20th century America and is told through the point of view of Winifred Foster (Alexis Bledel), a 15 year-old girl who stumbles upon Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) deep in the woods her family owns. She is introduced to the Tuck family and their secret, along with an entirely new way of living. The Tucks take their time with life, appreciating everything around them. Since they themselves don't change physically they are focused on monitoring the world as it changes around them.

    Coming from a wealthy and very proper family, Winnie finds the Tuck lifestyle very refreshing and stays with the Tucks rather than returning home. This is symbolically represented by her switch from a wardrobe dominated by a tight corset to one of loose comfortable dresses.

    Suspense is introduced by a mysterious man in a yellow suit (Ben Kingsley) who is getting increasingly close to learning the Tuck's secret. Romance is introduced by the growing love between Winnie and Jesse. Although Jesse looks 17, he is actually 107. Apparently after 107 years of living, he still has a thing for teenage girls. You'd think that mentally he'd be trying to move up but this is just one of a host of problematic questions that arise if you try to take the story literally.

    The "Tuck Everlasting" novel is an expressionistic story and the Tuck family themselves a surreal device much like the repeating day in "Groundhog Day". Using this device the film is able to raise questions (many of which cannot be adequately answered but are fun to contemplate) about a number of issues. Should Winnie follow tradition and do what the world expects of her or should she seek adventure and set her own expectations of herself? What does it mean to get older? Are there times when secrets are necessary? At one point Mr. Tuck tells Winnie that she should not fear death but should fear the unlived life, she doesn't have to live forever-she just has to live.

    Another expressionistic theme of the book/film is the isolation of the Tucks from the rest of society because of their immortality. They do not share the one thing common to all living creatures, the limitations imposed by time.

    To best appreciate this story it is important to remember that it is about Winnie's life and not about the Tucks. They are just there to prompt her to consider the many issues that are facing her as she transitions from being a child to being an adult.

    The DVD is full of additional material. There are two commentary tracks, the more substantial one by director Jay Russell and screenwriter James Hart and a second one by Russell and cast members Jonathan Jackson, Alex Bledel and Scott Bairstow. Russell doesn't describe what's happening in the scenes so much as discuss the film-making process. It is here that he attempts to justify turning Babbit's 10 year-old heroine into a teenager. Although claiming that an older actress could better convey the thematic content, it seems more likely that it was done to expand the target audience demographic by inserting something of interest to teenage boys.

    There's also a "Lessons of Tuck" viewing mode, in which the film is interrupted a few times and discussion takes place about the various themes that have been introduced in the preceding segment.

    Finally, there's a featurette on the life and inspirations of author Natalie Babbitt.

    Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child....more info
  • Amazing movie!!!
    I loved this movie so much. The first time i saw it was just after i read the book, And whenever they make a movie out of a book its never as good as the book. But this movie is definetly as good, or even better then the book. This movie is about a girl named Winnie who is fed up with life at home, and goes exploring in the woods. In the woods she meets a boy named Jesse Tuck, along with the rest of his family. Winnie learns that the Tuck family is imortal. They will live forever and can not die. They decide to keep her at their house, intill she understands why she can not tell about the little spring that makes them imortal. While she is staying with the Tucks Winnie and Jesse fall in love. There is an amazing scene that almost made me cry, when Winnie is being taken away from Jesse. Mae the mother hits the man who is trying to take away winnie on the head with a gun, and he dies. She and her husband are then put in jail, to be hung. The problom is, if she is hung she will not die, and every one will know the secret. If you want to know what happens next, see the movie!!!This movie has some very good acors including Alexis Bledel as Winnie,Jonathan Jackson as Jesse Tuck and Ben Kingsley as the Man in the Yellow Suit. All in all,this was a great movie and you should get it!!!...more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    I like the movie Tuck Everlasting way better than the book. The book is kind of plain , it just keeps flowing and nothing really exciting happens. To me I think the movie is a bit more humerous and exciting than the book. The movie has extra scenes like when Jesse and Winnie ran in the fields, and when they went swimming. There was some major changes in the movie compared to the book, Winnie was older about 15 and Jesse was 17 and they fell in love. It makes it more romantic. My favourite part about the movie was the jail break because it is different and more exciting than the book. Usually people think the book is better than the movie, but I think the movie is better than the book....more info
  • The Tuck Review
    I personally loved this book. It is about a girl Winnie who finds a magical water spring. She saw a boy maybe a little bit older than her drink from it. when she asks if she could have some he says no. Then she demands the water because she owns the wood that the spring is in. He stops her then the boys mom and older brother come, he is relieved because they would know what to do. They take her to their house but on the way there they tell her the story. The story is that long ago they drank from it and as they grew on in life they realized that they were not getting any older from the time they drank the water. so they figured that they were immortal when Jesse the youngest boy fell out of a tree 30ft high right on his neck and didn't even hurt him, then when Tuck the father got bitten by a rattle snake and did not die, then Jesse ate poisen frogs stools and didn't even get sick, then the horse got mistaken for a deer and got shot and it didn't even leave a mark, thats when Tuck the father found out it was the water, so to make sure of it one day Tuck took his shotgun and before Jesse, Mae the mother, or Miles the older brother could do any thing he shot himself in the heart! It knocked him down but barely left a scratch. So the family tells the girl not to tell anyone about the spring. But the problem was a man heard the whole story and was planning to sell thge water! Thats when the story begins, but I am not going to tell you any more. But the one thing that made the story was that Jesse and Winnie fall in love. So I really think it was a great book. ...more info
  • A Sip That Lasts Forever
    Deep in the woods of Treegap, lies a spring. Only the Tucks knew of the magical water from the spring that brought immortality to the drinker. Twelve-year-old Winnie Foster was about to be one of those drinkers when, all of a sudden, a hand touched her shoulder and spun her around. This hand belonged to Jesse Tuck, who was trying to protect his family's secret about the spring. Since Winnie insisted on taking a drink, Jesse had to take drastic action. So, he kidnapped Winnie and brought her home to his parents. At the Tucks' Winnie learned about the spring. DUring her time there she and Hesse fell in love. Is their love strong enough to last froever? Does Winnie decide to drink from this magical spring?
    Jesse and Winnie's love is shown in both the book and the movie. They both illustrate Jesse's wit, big heart, and passion for life, and what Winnie's desires. Miles, Jesse's brother also fell i love. This ways many years ago, after the Tucks' had taken a drink from the spring. When Miles' wife noticed herself aging but not her husband, she left. This sad story is told in the both the book and the movie.
    The biggest difference between the book and movie is how Jesse introduces the idea of joining him in his ongoing life. In the book, Jesse tells Winnie he must go. Before leaving, Jesse gives Winnie some water from the spring in a bottle, telling her to drink it when she turns seventeen. In the movie, Hesse tells Winnie to wait for him by the spring. Winnie must make the decision to live with her lover forever or find comeone else. In the book, the bottle was symbolic of her and Jesse's love. However, in the movie, JEsse told Winnie to go meet him at the spring. The difference led the reader to believe that Winnie and Jesse's love was stronger in the book.
    This book opened my mind into a world of fantasy. It fot me to think about living forever. Should someone live forever? Would life ever get boring? I would like to give the movie and the book four stars. The movie represented the book very well. Experienced actors with real talent played Winnie Foster, Jesse Tuck, Miles Tuck, and the other characters. The book was even better than the movie. It was well written, had great detail, and never lost my interest. Come on. dive into the world of the spring, a magical secret, and one family trying to protect them.
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  • A family discovery for a single man teacher
    As a substitute teacher in a middle school English class, I was left this movie to show the class. I knew nothing about it, but I got caught up in its innocent (but never simple-minded) charms. I had to stay late after school to see how it ended! I did not know that Disney had returned so strongly to G and PG rated movie-making. Yes, it is a bit sentimental, but life needs a bit of that, and it offers plenty of food for thought for grown-ups too. A genuine surprise -- and pleasure....more info
  • Good film for young women
    I am 31 and enjoyed this film, but I would have loved it when I was 13. This is a great movie for females of all ages, but would probably especially touch 11-14 year old girls.

    Reasons I liked it:

    1. Great romance story (with only hand-holding and a sweet kiss)
    2. Good acting, no crazy over-the-top acting or characters (I hate when they throw in that zany character in so many films for 'comic relief'!)
    3. Beautiful film to watch, great landscapes, very crisp, bright, and green with nature
    4. Hardly any violence to speak of (I like tons of movies with violence, but must every movie, both adult and family, like even Disney animation, have violence? We could use more movies without it.)
    5. Great looking actors, especially the guy in the romantic lead-- he alone would have made this a favorite movie when I was younger!

    Some frustrations with the film would be the Tuck dad making it sound like you're not really living if your life is everlasting, that they're 'rocks' and people should live life. They seemed like they were pretty darn happy together (the wife seem to yearn for more people in her life, but at least had a great marriage and children), and the boys came and went on various adventures. The Tucks seemed living enough to me! I'm trying to tell myself that that speech was him only trying to discourage her from becoming everlasting herself, since it would be a challenge to have her join them (her family rich and forever searching, and just taking her away from her family, etc.). I would have liked these issues explored better because I'm not convinced by what he said, if he really meant it.

    Also, I believe the beginning said that the mom met the boys in town every ten years-- ten years? I hope I heard wrong, because I don't care how long you live, you'd think loved ones would get together far more often than that.

    And, finally, where did the boys get the money to travel to Paris and such? Where did the parents get their food and clothes, since no one in town knew them, and with what money?

    I never read the book, so I'm not sure if these points are in the book, but whether they are or aren't, the movie should stand alone and add some of these details, whether in the book or not, to mesh out the story, even if it was in brief conversation with the girl and boy.

    But I did enjoy the movie enough to want to purchase it (I rented it) and hope when my daughter is older that she'll love it.

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    Disney scores another home run with this delightful film, lovingly adapted from the popular children's book of the same name by Natalie Babbit. Although there was some artistic license taken with the book, it is nothing that takes away from its central theme. The changes actually serve it well, and Disney has done a masterful job in creating another beautiful family film.

    The film takes place in the early twentieth century, just when cars are coming into use. The film revolves around fifteen year old Winnifred "Winnie" Foster (Alexis Bledel), daughter of wealthy socialites, and the mysterious Tuck family, who lives deep in the woods owned by the Fosters. It seems that Winnie is an independent sort of gal who is chafing under the restrictions imposed by her prim and proper parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving). While wandering on her own in those very same woods one day, lost and thirsty, she comes across seventeen year old Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson), who is drinking from a small spring of water. When she wants to follow suit, he stops her from drinking. She also comes across his older, bitter brother, Miles Tuck (Scott Bairstow), who basically takes her by force deep into the woods to where the Tuck cabin is hidden. There, Winnie meets the boys' parents, Mae (Sissy Spacek) and Angus Tuck (William Hurt).

    The Tucks are initially flummoxed by Winnie's appearance in their midst, but Mae Tuck reassures her that she will be returned unharmed to her parents, once they are sure that she can be trusted. During her short sojourn with the Tucks, Winnie finds herself enjoying the time spent with the Tucks, especially with Jesse. Winnie begins to fall in love with Jesse and he with her. Gradually, she learns the mystery that binds the Tucks. In the meantime, a sinister man in a yellow suit (Ben Kingsley) has tracked the Tucks to their cabin in the woods, as he suspects what their secret is and wants it for himself, so that he may exploit it for profit. When he poses a danger to Winnie, Mae takes action that forces her to do something that she would rather not have had to do. This places the Tucks in a quandary, as the Fosters believe that they had kidnapped Winnie, based upon information previously given to them by the man in the yellow suit. The outside world suddenly intrudes upon the Tuck family in a way that would eventually lead to their secret being revealed to all and sundry. Winnie helps them to keep their secret, leaving her to make a life defining decision.

    Director Jay Carroll has directed a film that is simply wonderful, both magical and philosophical. He has a first class cast that conveys the story in a way of which the author of the book may be proud. The performances are simply stellar. Alexis Bledel is delightful as Winnifred "Winnie" Foster, reminding me of a very young Winona Ryder. Jonathan Jackson is terrific as the boyish, good looking Jesse, and has, undoubtedly, acquired a following of young girls, as a result of this film. Sissy Spacek is as always superlative, imbuing the character of Mae with a warmth and sensitivity that makes one root for her, when an apparent injustice has transpired. William Hurt gives a thoughtful performance as the patriarch of the star-crossed Tuck clan. Scott Bairstow's performance is a little on the strident side, but effective, nonetheless. Kudos go to Amy Irving and Victor Garber as Mr. and Mrs. Foster, Winnie's restrictive, blue-blood parents. Ben Kingsley is suitably sinister as the man in the yellow suit who threatens to take the secret of the Tuck family up a disastrous path.

    This is a heartwarming and tender film with a lovely and haunting musical score. It is a film that will simply delight viewers, It is rated "PG", but its innocence serves to underscore some of its philosophically potent, underlying themes. The film provides much food for thought and has a depth that is surprising. It is a film that is worthy of being in one's personal collection. Bravo!...more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    A usual romantic movie (young love and choices) that has an ending with a twist....more info
  • Varies from the novel
    Reading the novel prior to viewing the movie can provide more detailed character understanding and foundation for a comparison debate....more info
  • sweetest movie ever!!
    i loooove this movie! great for all ages. both sad and sweet. this movie is really great....more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    Have you ever felt you have lost track of time or you have time for every thing?
    This is a movie is a serious movie with funny scenes, it has a bit of everything it has some romance, comedy, and action. It is kind of romantic, the love story is between Winnie and Jessie, and because they are so different the relationship won't work. The jail break in particular is humorous. The lighting & sound is very thrilling.
    Great movies love it, 2 thumbs up.
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  • Unforgetable!! one of the best movies ever made!!
    I fell in love with this movie. It is about a rich girl, Winnie, who stumbles across some odd people in the forest one day. They soon reveal their secret that they drank some magical water and will stay young forever. Winnie falls in love with heart-throb Jesse Tuck, but when they are seperated, she has to make the choice to drink the water and live forever with him or go on a live life the way it's supposed to be lived, as a cycle. The movie is incredible and really made me think. It also is very sad and I recommend you buy this movie with as box of tissues!!...more info
  • Supernatural Love Story for the Whole Family
    My 4-year-old grand daughter thought the male lead was cute, so I rented the movie for her. After renting it several more times at her request, I finally bought the DVD. We have watched it no less than 20 times. It is a supernatural love story that stresses family values and unrequited love. The story connects to persons of any age, making it wonderful joint viewing for both a child and adult. It's a movie you will share over and over. ...more info
  • Good adaption and overall movie
    I read Tuck Everlasting when I was in sixth grade and enjoyed it a lot. It was a pleasant surprise that the movie is just as pleasant. It retains the feeling the book gives you--that of having a sleepy conversation on a hot summer day. Of course for the movie to sell more tickets they made it into a romance. For those who haven't read the book, Winnie was actually 10 and just had a crush on Jesse, there was no relationship. However the romance did make the story go on well. I think the choices of cast members was excellent, except Alexis Bledel. She did a fairly good job in the role with what she had, but I just think that they should have picked someone different who could have fit into the role better. I also thought she looked too old--even to play a 15 yr old! Jesse Tuck was also much better looking than I pictured him in the book! Except for the romance they also stay very true to the story, which is refreshing. ...more info
  • Great!
    This is a very cute movie. It was touching, but it kind of seems like Winnie's a little bit too young for her (boy)friend.
    Other than that, great movie!...more info
  • My favorite movie from the latest century
    I had to laugh the guy who placed the review on this site, claiming that "Tuck Everlasting" is a boring movie that put him to sleep. Following the link to see the rest of his reviews, he has given "Jackass" a four-star rating and "The Hot Chick" five stars. Guess some people find any movie that takes some gray-matter to be a little to slow for their taste!

    This is a wonderful movie. It is actually too bad that it is being marketed incorrectly. This is not just a children's movie, but a first class film through and through. Ben Kingsley, Alexis Bledel, William Hurt and Sissy Spacek shine. Ms. Bledel may prove to be one of the finest actresses of our current time if she keeps it up.

    One of the first things that struck me about this movie was that it didn't appear to be a product of its time. There is no vile language, no potty humor, and the story actually makes the viewer contemplate whether they, themselves, would want to be immortal.

    The DVD transfer is beautiful, quite a change from most Disney DVD's. The extras are rather limited, but who cares. This is a great movie, and can stand on its own....more info
  • Blends everything you hope the world can be into a film
    TUCK EVERLASTING is simply a 'feel good' movie. Old fashioned in the best sense of the term, life-affirming, sentimental, finding the borders of credibility and celebrating them, and directed and acted with the sense of commitment that Jay Russell and his fine cast provided - put all of that together and it is close to impossible not to love this little movie.

    Natalie Babbitt's 1981 novel may have been meant for the young readers, but in the translation to the screen this story appeals to the young at heart: chronological age is not applicable. The Tuck family happened upon a spring in a woods in the past, drank from the spring and voila! - the fountain of Ponce de Leon's obsession has been discovered. This dear family (mother Sissy Spacek, father William Hurt, and sons Jesse (Jonathan Jackson) and Miles (Scott Bairstow) settles into the fortunes and inevitable sadnesses that accompany becoming immortal: life's ebb and flow and the cycle of birth to death eludes them. Man's quest for eternal youth has its sad aspects.

    Into the Tuck family secret woods happens Winnie (Alexis Bleidel), daughter of a wealthly family (mother Amy Irving and father Victor Garber), and encounters Jesse, slowly falls in love and learns the Tuck secret. Meanwhile an evil yellow-coated man (Ben Kingsley) finds the fount of his own obsession, informs Winnie's family that she has been kidnapped by the Tuck family, and the only way to regain Winnie is to sell their woods (and of course its invaluable spring) to him. How this all plays out - the inevitable capture of the Tucks and the way they resolve their immortal inaccessibility with Jesse's and Winnie's new found need for each other - serves as the ending and it is resolved well.

    The settings and acting and physical beauty of this film are matched by the understated but important moments of philosophy about what is the meaning of the cycle of life as we know it rather than as we think we would reshape it. Some may label this film as corny or 'Hallmarky' and that is sad: there is plenty of room in the celluloid world for fragments of sincere tenderness such as this. Grady Harp, February 2005 ...more info
  • beautiful
    the story is great and i wanted to get that music box that mae tuck had.the only thing i did not like was alexis bladel, shes pretty, i just dont like her voice, it's so monotoned. but thats not a big deal it's still a great movie....more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    Tuck everlasting is very serious. Miles was more serious in the movie then in the book. The movie felt shorter then the book. The movie didn't have as much detail in it. The movie was more romantic then the book. Like when Jesse and Winnie running in the field and when Jesse convinced Winnie to come swimming when Jesse got Winnie climbing his Eiffel tower. There is more action then the book. In the book tuck is the one that is more serious.

    There are a lot of cool colors and cool sound effect's. I liked it when there was fog and there was a train and Jesse and miles was running from the man in the yellow suit. Some part's like when Jesse and miles are dressed up and Winnie saved Mae and tuck and then there was part's that dragged like when the grandmother die's. It's a good move so go and watch it.
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  • Tuck Everlasing
    If you have read the book Tuck Everlasting, you have got to watch the movie.
    One of the scenes that I thought was good in the movie was when Miles, Jesse and Winnie were around the fire having a conversation I was emotional. Another scene I liked was when the Tucks and Winnie were helping Mae escape from the jail house because it was suspenseful and dramatic. There for what caught me was that the whole movie was based on there's more to life than living for ever so you just have to love life to its fullest. Inoculation this movie is serious and thoughtful but it's still a grate movie. If you have not seen this movie you have got to because I guaranty you that you want take a second look a life you'll just go for it. The end
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  • movie good for the young at heart
    I first saw this movie when I was a junior in high school (I'm a college sophomore now). While at my friend's house we watched it and I must say I was praticulary impressed. I'm a sap for historical period movies I must say but the plot and storyline of the movie really drew me in.
    15-year old Winnie Foster is sick of her life and decides one day to run into the woods her family owns. Their she meets a young boy Jesse Tuck drinking from a spring. Wanting a drink herself, Jesse stops her and a the mstery of the Tuck family is unravled as Winnie is brought to the Tuc's home and told their secret--by drinking from the spring they will never age, never die. They are blessed and cursed with immortality.
    I really liked how the movie discusses issues of death and life. Tuck describes that being immortal is not part of life because along with life there is death. The two conicide with each other. And their family is somewhere stuck in the middle.
    If you have read the book their are subtle differences in the movie. Winnie is 10 in the book and made 15 in the movie. There is also the romance between Winnie and Jesse that is prevelant in the movie. All in all it is a movie worth your time. If I could I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5....unfortunatley Amazon doesn't offer that option....more info
  • THe Best Book I've Ever Read!!!
    We just finished the book in class and then watched the movie. It was the best movie I have seen!!! There's a lot of romantic parts but those parts are pretty good too. Jesse is so cute!! A must see!...more info
  • A timeless tale,but no real chemistry between Winnie and Jesse.
    I read the book as a teen in the 70's and really enjoyed it. As an adult with a small child and a more realistic notion of,"mortality," I related to the film on a different and more mature level. Regardless, it is a timeless tale for all ages.

    One minor criticism is that I didn't sense any real romantic tension between Winnie and Jesse. Perhaps the problem was with casting. They looked so much alike that they seemed like brother and sister as opposed to passionate teens. Even when Winnie was doing that fireside dance, Jesse just seemed sort of oblivious.

    William Hurt who played the father is one of my favorite actors. At times he seemed slightly too sophisticated to play the unsophisticated father,especially since I tend to type cast him as,"Nick," from the Big Chill.

    I enjoyed the movie but whoever cast Jesse should not have cast a guy who looked like Winnie's brother to play her love interest. ...more info
  • The best movie. Ever.
    Wow, this is a good movie. It's also extremely sad. I saw it for the first time in school, and I almost started crying at the end. I personelly, would have stayed with Jesse. It's just sad knowing that he was coming back for her someday and she married, had kids, and had a life without him. Overall, this is a great movie, the end is just really, really sad....more info