A 10-year-old girl discovers that her neighbors, the Tucks, have a spring that grants eternal life.
The Tucks are an odd lot: a family of four, headed by gentle Angus (William Hurt) and girlish Mae (Sissy Spacek) and completed by the dreamy teenager Jesse (Jonathan Jackson) and his surly older brother, Miles (Scott Bairstow). They've been living in their simple cabin in the woods, somewhere in the vicinity of the small New England town of Treegap, for quite a while now — about a hundred years, according to Mae, as the story opens in 1914. Immortal and resistant to illness and pain, they have managed to live quietly apart from the common run of humanity for the better part of a century, but then a headstrong girl from Treegap, Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel), stumbles into their separate world and discovers their secret. Based on the 1975 cult children's novel by Natalie Babbitt, "Tuck Everlasting" is an effective, well-made film that will certainly please its target audience of preteen girls. — Dave Kehr
2002-10-11 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Tuck Everlasting