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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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Release Date:

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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?


In the scene where the vintage airplanes are spreading the vaccine over the city, one of the old coots says (in the English subtitles) "This reminds me of the sinking of the Bismarck!" The airplane he's in is a Fairey Swordfish (a WWII-vintage biplane torpedo bomber), and Swordfishes were instrumental in sinking the Bismarck during the famous WWII naval battle. The red space ship Spike flies in the movie and the series is also called Swordfish II. See more »


Spike's bullet wound when he fights Vincent on the tower. See more »


Elektra: [after finding Vincent] Don't lay a hand on him!
Spike: How about a foot?
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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 Super Fly (1972) See more »


Vocals by Hassan Bohmide
Music Composed by Yôko Kanno
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A Heavenly Door
28 October 2002 | by (Maplewood, MN) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree with anyone who says that Knockin' on Heavens Door (Tengoku no tobira) is a throw-away movie version of a popular anime series.

I have seen this movie and I loved it. The plot is involving and keeps the viewer involved in the story.

The aspect of Vincent being the one who is searching for a way to see if he is really dreaming or awake is a nice twist from it just being Spike who wonders the question. The soundtrack fits well with the action in the movie and heightens the action and suspense.

The scenery is dynamic and the characters, the main cast as well as the new additions, carry the weight (yes, yes, I know they're not real) of the movie and the script which is well written and very Bebopish.

This movie is a perfect addition to the Cowboy Bebop series and is definitely not a throw-away.

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