Tuck Everlasting

Cast
Winnie Foster: Alexis Bledel
Angus Tuck: William Hurt
Mae Tuck: Sissy Spacek
Jesse Tuck: Jonathan Jackson
Miles Tuck: Scott Bairstow
Man in the Yellow Suit: Ben Kingsley
Mother Foster: Amy Irving
Robert Foster: Victor Garber
Walt Disney Pictures presents a film directed by Jay Russell. Written by Jeffrey Lieber and James V. Hart. Based on the book by Natalie Babbitt. Running time: 90 minutes. Rated PG.(for some violence).

Central Theme
Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life; you don’t need to fear death. You just need to live life.

Story
The Tucks have discovered the fountain of youth and because they drink of it they will never die, cannot be killed and do not age. Their secret forces them into a reclusive life in the woods where the fountain is located.

Due to their wealth and status, Winnie Foster and her parents live reclusively in a gated mansion. Though they own the woods, they are unaware that the Tucks and Fountain of eternal life both reside there. Desiring to live a fuller life, Winnie wanders into the woods and meets Jesse Tuck. After initially being forced to stay with the Tucks who are frightened that they have been discovered, Winnie eventually comes to enjoy their pace and quality of life. She is falling in love with Jesse and wants to be with him forever.

Throughout history believers in the fountain of eternal youth have sought it, often for the financial gain available to anyone who might discover it. The man in the yellow suit is such a man. He’s been following the Tuck brothers and is closing in on them. Claiming to know the whereabouts of the missing Winnie, he secures the ownership rights to the woods from her parents in exchange for finding Winnie.

As the story progresses we come to see that life frozen in time on earth is burdensome, condemning one to a life without the rich growth and development available in the progression from birth, life and death. We see this particularly in Miles Tuck who embodies the pain of having lost a wife and children who were rooted in time, which for him does not exist. At the funeral of Winnie’s grandmother we see that the Christian promise of eternal life after a fully lived life is far more appealing. As Winnie sees the unhappy aspects of the Tuck’s existence it becomes less certain that, given the choice, she will follow Jesse into life with Tuck everlasting.

Unfortunately, theologically, Tuck Everlasting emphasizes a ¢â‚¬Ëœcircle of life’ worldview and is less explicit than the book in its Christian view of true life everlasting. Nevertheless it is a wonderful conversation starter that raises important questions about the inevitability of death, the importance of life lived fully (abundant life) and the promise of eternal life (in heaven with the creator and conqueror of death).

Beliefs num
–We should not fear death
–Living life fully is the key to fearless living.
–Eternal life that bypasses living a complete human life is unappealing,
–Eternal life after a human life fully lived is the real deal.
–We each choose how we will live life so you should choose to live it fully.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What does it mean to live life fully?
–What is the best way to overcome a fear of death?
–What do you think happens when you die?

Provocative Quotes byline
–For some time moves slowly. For others there’s never enough time. For the Tucks, time doesn’t exist.
==Narrator.
–Time is like a wheel, turning and turning. And the woods are the hub of the wheel.
==Narrator.
–On this day, the wheels set lives in motion in mysterious ways.
==The day Winnie decides to leave her cloistered existence and the Tuck’s come to town.
–Miles, you’re as cozy as barbed wire.
==Mom to the sullen Miles Tuck.
–Winnie was coming closer to the end of something and coming closer to the beginning of something new. Change was in the air. It was only a matter of when.
==Narrator.
–Somebody is on to us. He keeps following us. I think he knows something.
==Miles.
–It’s only a matter of time before someone finds it.
==Tuck.
–Winnie was being sent 500 miles school. What her parents didn’t understand was she just wanted to step outside their fence. And so she did.
==Narrator.
–You don’t want that water. It’s poison.
==Jesse to Winnie who has just witnessed him drinking from the water at the base of the Oak Tree.
–This is the most important event that has taken place in this home in 80 years.
==Angus Tuck regarding Winnie’s arrival in the woods.
–We can’t trust her or any normal people.
==Mile’s fear of Winnie.
–They died, their mother too. I’m afraid the best part of Miles died along with them.
==Mae Tuck to Winnie.
–What do people most want on their deathbed? More time. What would they give for life eternal?
==Jesse to Winnie.
–104, but let’s just call it 17.
==Jesse when Winnie asks how old are you?
–Winnie was losing track of time. Had she been here a day, a week or a month? It seemed the Tucks lived in a way the world had forgotten. They did things the slow way.
==Narrator.
–For the first time Winnie felt free to ask questions, to explore, to play.
==Narrator, regarding Winnie living a fuller life with the Tucks.
–There’s no chance of that happening Winnie. I’m never going to let you go. Forever. Do you want to spend forever with me Winnie? There’s part of us you don’t know; the part I’ve been sworn not to tell. You’re the first human I ever met who I wanted to tell. It’s the spring. It stops us right where we were.
==Jesse to Winnie.
–Did he tell you mortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?
==Miles to Winnie.
–I urged her to come back to the spring and drink from it. It was our only way to be together. There was talk of witchcraft and black magic. I went in search of war. But I couldn’t die; not like Anna who died at 15, or Bo. He’d be 80 if he was still alive. My sweet young bride died in an insane asylum, old and alone. And I’m still here.
==Miles reveals the dark side of life without aging.
–One day you’ll go out. You’ll make way for someone else. The there are the Tucks. We’re just stuck. Do you want this day stuck as it is right now? No human dies but its part of the wheel. You can’t have life without death. Don’t be afraid of death. Be afraid of the unlived life.
==Tuck to Winnie.
–What I have in mind is a clear trade. I want your woods.
==Man in the yellow suit to Mr. Foster.
–Is it a relief to finally be discovered? Over 100 years hiding out and never discovered?
==Man in the yellow suit to the Tucks.
–I wish we could keep you. I wish you were ours, for Jesse, for all of us.
==Mom Tuck to Winnie,
–Go back to the spring. Drink of it. I’ll come back for you. I will love you until the day I die.
==Jesse to Winnie as he flees.
–We lay her to rest, ashes to ashes, in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection and His coming.
==Pastor at Winnie’s grandmother’s funeral.
–Every time I look at you I’m losing you too. Forgive me Winnie. I just wanted to keep you my little girl forever.
==Winnie’s mom after the funeral.
–What we Tucks have you can’t call it living. We just are. We’re like rocks stuck at the side of the stream.
==Tuck reflecting on being stuck.
–She was uncertain what her journey would bring. But this much she knew. She knew it would be something of her own choosing. Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life. You don’t need to fear death. You just need to live life. And she did.
==Narrator as Winnie leaves on a trip to Europe with her parents.

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