The Tree of Life

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama Fantasy
  • Release year: 2011
  • Running time: 139 min
Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most rapturous vision to date, tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story... read more
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Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most rapturous vision to date, tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale, charting the coming of age of an awestruck child (newcomer Hunter McCracken) in Texas in the 1950s, as he learns to navigate the extremes of nature and grace represented by his bitter, often tyrannical father (Brad Pitt) and his ethereal, nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain, in her breakout role). Achieved with the aid of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Jack Fisk, the Palme d’Or–winning The Tree of Life marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malick’s singular approach to filmmaking.

Original Release

05/17/2011

US Release

05/27/2011

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Cast

Brad Pitt Mr. O'Brien
Sean Penn Jack / Jack O'Brien
Jessica Chastain Mrs. O'Brien
Fiona Shaw Grandmother
Tye Sheridan Steve
Joanna Going Jack's Wife
Hunter McCracken Young Jack / Young Jack O'Brien
Finnegan Williams Jack @ 2 / Jack O'Brien (age 5)
Michael Koeth Jack @ 5 / Jack O'Brien (age 2)
Laramie Eppler R.L. / R.L. O'Brien
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Terrence Malick

Writers

Terrence Malick

Cast

Brad Pitt Mr. O'Brien
Sean Penn Jack / Jack O'Brien
Jessica Chastain Mrs. O'Brien
Fiona Shaw Grandmother
Tye Sheridan Steve
Joanna Going Jack's Wife
Hunter McCracken Young Jack / Young Jack O'Brien
Finnegan Williams Jack @ 2 / Jack O'Brien (age 5)
Michael Koeth Jack @ 5 / Jack O'Brien (age 2)
Laramie Eppler R.L. / R.L. O'Brien
John Howell R. L. @ 2 / R.L. (age 2)
Kari Matchett
Michael Showers Mr. Brown
Kimberly Whalen Mrs. Brown
Jackson Hurst Uncle Ray / Uncle Roy
Crystal Mantecon Elisa
Tamara Jolaine Mrs. Stone
Dustin Allen George Walsh
Benjamin Dane Symphony Patron
Michael E. Harvey Lame Man

Producers

Donald Rosenfeld Executive Producer
Paula Mae Schwartz Executive Producer
Steve Schwartz Executive Producer
Dede Gardner Producer
Brad Pitt Producer
Bill Pohlad Producer
Sarah Green Producer
Grant Hill Producer
Nigel Ashcroft Producer
Ivan Bess Producer
Greg Eliason Producer
Nicolas Gonda Producer
Carlo Hintermann Producer
Susan Kirr Producer
Sandhya Shardanand Producer

Editors

Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa

2012 Oscar Best Achievement in Directing Nominated
2012 Oscar Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2012 Oscar Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominated
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