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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira (original title)
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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 Spiegel (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Jet Black (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Faye Valentine (voice)
Aoi Tada ...
Edward Wong (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 ...
Elektra Ovirowa (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:

16 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Faye 'kills' the arcade game Lee Samson is playing, he becomes very upset that he didn't get to meet a character in the game. The name varies depending on the source of the translations and subtitles, but the character's name has been referred to as Spokey Dokey, Spooky Donkey and, in the Columbia Tristar distributed version, Sporky Donkey. Although the reason for the different translation is negligible, the Spokey Dokey translation is a reference to a song of the same name in the original series composed by Yoko Kanno, which is heard, amongst other times, at the beginning and end of the first episode, Asteroid Blues. See more »


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


Vincent: Of the days that I have lived, only those I spent with you seemed real.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll we see Aruba City during the rain and several of the characters from the film. See more »


References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Words by Tim Jensen
Vocals by Raj Ramayya
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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