Tuck Everlasting (2002 film)

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Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting (2002 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jay Russell
Produced by Marc Abraham
Jane Startz
Thomas Bliss
Written by Jeffrey Lieber
James V. Hart
Natalie Babbitt (Novel)
Starring Alexis Bledel
Ben Kingsley
Sissy Spacek
Amy Irving
Victor Garber
Jonathan Jackson
Scott Bairstow
William Hurt
Narrated by Elisabeth Shue
Music by William Ross
Cinematography James L. Carter
Edited by Jay Cassidy
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates October 11, 2002 (US)
March 20, 2003 (Australia)
August 1, 2004 (UK)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $19,344,615[2]

Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 fantasy family film based on the children's book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. The Walt Disney Pictures release was directed by Jay Russell.


The plot revolves around a 15-year-old girl named Winnie, who is from a restrictive upper-class family. One day Winnie runs away into the forest and meets a boy named Jesse Tuck, drinking from a spring. She is then kidnapped by Jesse's elder brother. Winnie soon falls in love with Jesse and later learns that the family cannot age or be injured due to drinking water from a magical spring around a hundred years ago and that they kidnapped her in order to hide the secret. The Tucks say to her that living forever is more painful than it sounds and believe that giving away the secret of the spring will lead to abomination of God's laws, and fellow humans suffering similar pain as they.

Meanwhile a suspicious man in a yellow suit befriends Winnie's family over time while Winnie is gone. He spies on the Tucks and it is learned that the man in the yellow suit desires the spring so that he can sell waters to the citizens for profit. When he is trustworthy to Winnie's family, he makes a deal where if he agrees to save Winnie from the Tucks and return her to her family, he will get the forest and therefore with it the spring. The man in the yellow suit goes to the Tucks and reveals his intents to get the forest and therefore the spring. He orders them to tell him where the spring is; when they refuse and try to deny any knowledge about the spring the man threatens Winnie with a pistol. He calls their bluff by shooting Jesse and exposing his youth; but in return Jesse's mother violently bats the man with the yellow suit; with the rear end of a rifle. The hit is so massive that the man dies instantly; constables manage to see the attack and arrest Jesse's mother for killing the man in the yellow suit. Jesse's mother and the family is sentenced to be hanged for kidnapping Winnie and murdering the man with the yellow suit; this would expose their immortality.

Winnie helps break the Tucks out of jail and takes their place in the jail cell. When she is found in jail the next day, the police assume that the Tucks escaped and put Winnie in the cell.

The Tucks decide to leave the area and invite Winnie to join them. Winnie is forced to decide whether to drink from the spring and live forever, or live a mortal existence. She decides that despite the love she and Jesse share, her presence will only endanger the Tucks and she chooses to stay behind. After many years, Jesse returns to the tree where the spring used to be, and it is revealed that Winnie chose to never drink from the spring and she lived a long and charitable life.


Differences between the movie and the book[edit]

In the book... In the film...
The books starts in the last week of August The movie starts as soon as school is out
Winnie is 10 She is 15
The book is set in 1880 The movie is set in 1914
Winnie's gravestone says 1870-1948 (died 78 years) It says 1899-1999 (died 100 years)
Winnie runs away because she's tired of being cooped up She runs away because she's going to be sent to a boarding school
To save Mae, the Tucks remove the bars of a window of the jail, and Winnie switches places with Mae. Winnie tells the prison guard that the people who kidnapped her are back to get her. He runs outside with a shotgun to face them. He shoots them, but runs away when he sees they cannot die. Meanwhile, Winnie grabs his keys and unlocks Mae and Angus's cell doors.
Mae is sent to jail to be hanged. Tuck is imprisoned and Mae is to be sent to the gallows
Mae and Tuck visit Winnie's grave (in 1950). They return to Treegap riding their old horse-drawn wagon. Only Jesse comes back (in or around 2002). He returns riding a motorcycle.
Mae, Jesse, and Miles "kidnap" Winnie when they fear that their secret will get out. They take her to their cabin north of Treegap Only Miles does
The Tucks run off in a fierce lightning storm. The Tucks escape in a carriage
Jesse gives Winnie a water bottle that has water from the spring and tells her to drink it when she turns seventeen Jesse does not give Winnie a water bottle, but she contemplates drinking from the spring after the Tucks leave
The Tucks' house deep in the woods is a faded red The Tucks' house is a brown log cabin.


  1. ^ "Tuck Everlasting". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Tuck Everlasting". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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