TUCK EVERLASTING (1981)
Article 4554 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Frederick King Keller
Featuring Margaret Chamberlain, Paul Flessa, Fred A. Keller
What it is: Fantasy
At the beginning of the twentieth century, a young teenage girl meets a family living in the nearby woods who have gained immortality from drinking from a special spring. They wish to keep the spring a secret, but a mysterious stranger may already know about it…
This is an independent low-budget fantasy based on a well-known children’s book. As you might expect, it’s not really flashy, but it’s likable, and the characters are appealing enough that you get caught up in the story and the situations. It also makes nice use of music, and despite the low budget, it does have some memorable images, especially the final shot of the movie. The movie would be remade 20 years later by Disney; I’ve not seen it, but I wonder if it has the same gentle charm of this version.