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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
"Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira" (original title)

R  |   |  Animation, Action, Crime  |  16 May 2003 (USA)
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A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Spike (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Jet (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Faye (voice)
Aoi Tada ...
Ed (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
Hoffman (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ...
Shadkins (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Harris (voice)
Kinryû Arimoto ...
Captain (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ...
Colonel (voice)
Yûji Ueda ...
Lee (voice)
Nobuo Tobita ...
Murata (voice)
Rikiya Koyama ...
Steve (voice)
Ai Kobayashi ...
Electra (voice)
Jin Hirao ...
Antonio (voice)
Toshihiko Nakajima ...
Carlos (voice)


The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As:

Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door  »

Box Office

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$234,429 (USA) (4 April 2003)


$999,435 (USA) (11 July 2003)

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Did You Know?


Lynsey McLeod, one of the voice actors who played a minor role in the English dubbing of the movie, had also previously played the starring role of Belle in the 1990's Disney live-action TV series "Sing Me a Story with Belle", a spin-off of the 1991 animated film "Beauty & the Beast". See more »


When Spike chases the Moroccan out of the shop, and is searching for him in the crowd, his jacket jumps about between shots. See more »


Spike: He was just all alone. He couldn't enjoy a game with anyone else. Like living in a dream... That's the kind of man he was...
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As the credits roll we see Aruba City during the rain and several of the characters from the film. See more »


References The Art of War (2000) See more »


Words by Raj Ramayya
Vocals by Reynada Hill
Music Composed by Yôko Kanno
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More than worthy of being associated with the series
17 August 2004 | by (Des Moines, IA) – See all my reviews

This movie is just as good, if not better, than most of the episodes in the series. If Bebop fans learn to accept the story for what it is--an extended version of a typical(albeit superior) episode, this movie will live up to the exceptional quality of the series. And if someone with no knowledge of the series watches this movie, they will have very little to catch up on. The great thing about the film is its accessibility to all audiences with its stand alone storyline(although Bebop fans can still get new things out of it).

With the introduction of the character of Vincent Volaju, the Cowboy Bebop brain trust has provided a great nemesis for the protagonist Spike to interact with. These two characters' fight scenes are exceptional, and the bond that they share works great with the overall tone of the series. The subtle philosophical points of the film may not be mind blowing, but they are definitely above average. Great dialogue is rare in animation, let alone anime, and this is one of the strong points of both the series and the movie. It is obvious that the creators have tried to fit almost all elements of the series into this work, and they have succeeded, despite that great burden. Each of the five major characters from the series(Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein) get the right amount of time in the spotlight, while allowing the new characters(Vincent, Electra, and Rashid) time to develop properly. Also, as any fan of the series can vouch for, the music is not only original, but almost like a character unto itself.

Ultimately, this film boils down to the centerpiece of the series, Spike Spiegel, and his final meeting with his kindred spirit, the tortured Vincent Volaju. The result of this film helps propel the series into its heart wrenching conclusion and underlying philosophical tone.

More than worthy of being associated with the Cowboy Bebop series.

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