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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill.

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Young Margot Tenenbaum (as Irene Gorovaia)
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Storyline

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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Family Isn't A Word... It's A Sentence. See more »

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Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los excéntricos Tenenbaums  »

Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$276,981 (USA) (14 December 2001)

Gross:

$52,353,636 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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Trivia

Wes Anderson often uses songs from The Rolling Stones in his films. The '"Between the Buttons" album released in 1967 can be seen in young Margot's hands and years later when Margot and Richie talk inside Richie's tent (when the songs "She Smiled Sweetly" and "Ruby Tuesday" from the album play). See more »

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After Royal has Etheline sign papers, the notary is supposed to stamp them, but it is visibly obvious that the notary is just lifting his stamp up to the papers but not actually pressing down or stamping anything. See more »

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Narrator: Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year. Over the next decade, he and his wife had three children, and then they separated.
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Police And Thieves
Written by Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Junior Murvin
Published by Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Favorite movie, even after several viewings
10 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie with commentary, and after seeing how much care goes into each scene, I have fallen for the movie all over again.

Even after watching this film 10+ times now, I love it all the more. I have never held this movie as my favorite, but now it has moved into the #1 position after a careful study, and realizing that even 50 more viewings would not unlock all the little treasures hidden within.

You are doing yourself a huge disservice if you don't see this movie, or if you dismiss it after a single viewing. Watch it, again if necessary, and see what you are missing.


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