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 romantic drama 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 Foster, who is from a restrictive upper-class family. One day she runs away into the forest and meets a boy named Jesse Tuck, drinking from a spring. She is then kidnapped by his elder brother, Miles. She soon falls in love with Jesse and later learns that the Tucks can't age or be injured due to drinking water from a magic spring around a hundred years ago and that they kidnapped her in order to hide the secret. They tell 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 them.

Meanwhile a suspicious man in a yellow suit befriends the Fosters over time while she is gone. He spies on the Tucks and it's revealed that he desires the spring so that he can sell the water to the citizens for profit. When he is trustworthy to the Fosters, he makes a deal where if he agrees to save her from the Tucks and return her to her family, he will get the forest and therefore with it the spring. He goes to the Tucks and reveals his intents to get the forest and therefore the spring. He orders them to reveal where the spring is; when they refuse and try to deny any knowledge about the spring he threatens Winnie with a pistol. He calls their bluff by shooting Jesse and exposing his youth; but in return Jesse's mother, Mae, violently beats him with the rear end of a rifle. The hit is so massive that he dies instantly. The constable manages to see the attack and arrest Mae for killing the man in the yellow suit. She and her 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 their cell. When she is found the next day, the police assume that the Tucks escaped and put her in there.

The Tucks decide to leave the area and Jesse invites Winnie to join them, but Angus warns her that they will be hunted down for as long as they can,so Jesse tells Winnie to drink from the spring so she could live forever and never age, then he will come back for her when everything is safe. She 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, dying but living a normal life as a mortal and not suffering is more important. After 85 years, Jesse returns to the tree where the spring used to be, and it is revealed that Winnie chose to never drink from it. In the tomb of Winnie it is also revealed that she eventually married someone and had children and grandchildren, and that she died at the age of 100. The scene ended with Jesse devastated by the death of his beloved Winnie.


Differences between the movie and the book[edit]

In the book... In the movie...
The books starts in the first 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 grave 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 her. 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 can't die. Meanwhile, Winnie grabs his keys and unlocks Mae and Angus' cell.
Mae is sent to jail to be hanged. Angus is imprisoned and Mae is to be sent to hanged.
Mae and Angus visit Winnie's grave (in 1950). They return to Treegap riding their old horse-drawn wagon. Only Jesse comes back (in 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 thunderstorm. They escape in a carriage.
Jesse gives Winnie a bottle filled with water from the spring and tells her to drink it when she turns 17. He does not give Winnie a bottle, but she contemplates drinking from the spring after the Tucks leave.
The Tucks' house is deep in the woods and a faded red. It is a brown log cabin.
The Tucks find the water in 1776. The Tucks find the water in 1810.
Miles fights in several wars so he can die and reunite with his family in Heaven. Miles only fights in the American Civil War.


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

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