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Writers:
Marc Handler (writer: English version)
Keiko Nobumoto (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 May 2003 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Are you living in the real world? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Spike (voice: Japanese version)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Jet (voice: Japanese version)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Faye (voice: Japanese version)
Aoi Tada ... Ed (voice: Japanese version)
Yûsaku Yara ... Hoffman (voice: Japanese version)
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Shadkins (voice: Japanese version)
Jûrôta Kosugi ... Harris (voice: Japanese version)
Kinryû Arimoto ... Captain (voice: Japanese version)
Hidekatsu Shibata ... Colonel (voice: Japanese version)
Yûji Ueda ... Lee (voice: Japanese version)
Nobuo Tobita ... Murata (voice: Japanese version)
Rikiya Koyama ... Steve (voice: Japanese version)
Ai Kobayashi ... Electra (voice: Japanese version)
Jin Hirao ... Antonio (voice: Japanese version)
Toshihiko Nakajima ... Carlos (voice: Japanese version)
Hiroshi Naka ... Jovim (voice: Japanese version)
Tsutomu Tareki ... Punch (voice: Japanese version)
Miki Nagasawa ... Judy (voice: Japanese version)
Renji Ishibashi ... Rengle (voice: Japanese version)
Yôsuke Akimoto ... Crime Lab Group A (voice: Japanese version)
Kazuya Ichijô ... Crime Lab Group B (voice: Japanese version)
Eisuke Yoda ... Antique Store Owner (voice: Japanese version)
Takashi Nagasako ... Caster (voice: Japanese version)
Mickey Curtis ... Rashid (voice: Japanese version) (as Mikkî Kâchisu)
Takehiro Koyama ... Laughing Bull (voice: Japanese version)
Yutaka Nakano ... Pop (voice: Japanese version)
Houko Kuwashima ... Female Cashier (voice: Japanese version)
Masuo Amada ... Robber A (voice: Japanese version)
Junichi Sugawara ... Robber B (voice: Japanese version)
Isshin Chiba ... Robber C (voice: Japanese version)
Katsuyuki Konishi ... Robber D (voice: Japanese version)
Kujira ... Lady (voice: Japanese version)
Kazusa Murai ... Riley - Journalist (voice: Japanese version)
Tsutomu Isobe ... Vincent (voice: Japanese version)

Steve Blum ... Spike Spiegel (voice: English version) (as Steven Jay Blum)

Beau Billingslea ... Jet Black (voice: English version)
Wendee Lee ... Faye Valentine (voice: English version)
Melissa Fahn ... Edward Wong (voice: English version)

Daran Norris ... Vincent Volaju (voice: English version)

Jennifer Hale ... Electra Ovirowa (voice: English version)

Nicholas Guest ... Rachid (voice: English version)
Dave Wittenberg ... Lee Sampson (voice: English version)
Tom Wyner ... Rengle (voice: English version)

J. Grant Albrecht ... Hoffman (voice: English version) (as Grant J. Albrecht)
Jerry Gelb ... Shadkins (voice: English version)
Michael Reisz ... Murata (voice: English version)
Mike Reynolds ... Colonel (voice: English version) (as Mike L. Reynolds)

Mirron E. Willis ... Harris (voice: English version)
Kirk Thornton ... Steve (voice: English version)

Michael Gregory ... Laughing Bull (voice: English version)

John Snyder ... Bob (voice: English version)
Paul St. Peter ... Punch / Newscaster (voice: English version)
Lia Sargent ... Judy (voice: English version)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Riley (voice: English version) (as Mary E. McGlynn)
Doug Stone ... Analyzer (voice: English version)

Murphy Dunne ... Captain (voice: English version)

Michael Forest ... Ticket (voice: English version)
Michelle Ruff ... Cashier (voice: English version)
William Knight ... Van Damm (voice: English version)
Steve Kramer ... Carlos (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Operator (voice: English version)
Kirk Baily ... Robber D (voice: English version)
Jamieson Price ... Analyzer B / Spy A (voice: English version)

Barbara Goodson ... Old Woman (voice: English version)

Ron Roggé ... Soldier / Weather 2 (voice: English version) (as Ron Rogge)
Bob Papenbrook ... Antique Dealer (voice: English version)

Peter Spellos ... Duvchenko / Queen (voice: English version)
Michael Lindsay ... Taxi Driver (voice: English version)

Fred Toma ... Moroccan Villager A (voice: English version)

Said Faraj ... Moroccan Villager B (voice: English version)

Michael Desante ... Moroccan Villager C (voice: English version)

Ewan Chung ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Lex Lang ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Peter Lurie ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Jad Mager ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Joe Ochman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Brianne Brozey ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Brianne Siddall)
Carol Stanzione ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Lynsey McLeod ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Leslie Hicks ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Peggy O'Neal ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frank Catalano ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Stoney Emshwiller ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kevin Seymour ... Antonio / Jobim (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Shinichirô Watanabe 
Hiroyuki Okiura (opening scene) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marc Handler  writer: English version
Keiko Nobumoto  screenplay
Hajime Yatate  based on the story by

Produced by
Haruyo Kanesaku .... producer
Yutaka Maseba .... producer
Masahiko Minami .... producer
Minoru Takanashi .... producer
Ryôhei Tsunoda .... executive producer
Masuo Ueda .... producer
Takayuki Yoshii .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Yôko Kanno 
 
Cinematography by
Yôichi Ôgami (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu 
 
Production Design by
Shiho Takeuchi 
 
Art Direction by
Atsushi Morikawa 
 
Art Department
Masami Goto .... storyboard artist
Naoko Horikawa .... color setting
Yasuhiro Irie .... storyboard support
Yutaka Izubuchi .... storyboard artist
Yoshiko Kishi .... color setting
Takako Matsumoto .... color setting
Yoshie Murakami .... color setting
Akemi Nagao .... color setting
Yutaka Nakamura .... storyboard artist
Shihoko Nakayama .... color designer
Shihoko Nakayama .... color setting
Shinichirô Watanabe .... storyboard artist
Takahiro Ômori .... storyboard support
 
Sound Department
Les Claypool III .... sound supervisor
Katsuyoshi Kobayashi .... sound director
Samuel Libraty .... additional adr recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
 
Special Effects by
Toshio Hasegawa .... special effects: Marix
Yutaka Hoshiba .... special effects: Marix
Toyohiko Sakakibara .... special effects: Marix
Sachi Suzuki .... special effects: Marix
Kumiko Taniguchi .... special effects: Marix
 
Visual Effects by
Toshio Hasegawa .... visual effects
Yutaka Hoshiba .... visual effects
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... digital animation supervisor
 
Animation Department
Chieko Abe .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Takao Abo .... key animator
Mariko Aikawa .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Masahiro Andô .... key animator
Keiko Anno .... assistant animation checker
Keiko Anno .... inbetween animator
Takashi Aoi .... background artist: green
Koichi Arai .... key animator
Tatsuo Arai .... inbetween animator: Studio Gush
Kazuhisa Asai .... background artist
Ha Gwon Bong .... background artist: Team's Art
Takeaki Bunno .... key animator
Hisashi Eguchi .... key animator
Masahiro Emoto .... key animator
Hanako Enomoto .... inbetween animator: Gainax
Takaaki Fukuyo .... key animator
Masami Goto .... animation director
Masami Goto .... key animator
Miyuki Harada .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Atsushi Hasebe .... key animator
Yuka Hasegawa .... inbetween animator: Radix
Katsuhiro Hashi .... background artist
Jun'ichi Hashimoto .... inbetween animator
Asuka Hata .... inbetween animator
Sachiyo Hiraide .... inbetween animator
Kobe Hiroyuki .... key animator
Yoshinori Hishinuma .... background artist: green
Takumi Honma .... background artist
Yumi Hunamoto .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Genji Ikeda .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Isamu Imakake .... key animator
Toshie Inomata .... inbetween animator: Last House
Kentaro Inoue .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Kiyomi Ishiwata .... inbetween animator: Studio Live
Yasuhisa Isobe .... background artist
Yukimi Isozaki .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Sagako Itakura .... background artist
Ichirô Itano .... key animator
Sachiko Ito .... inbetween animator
Takeshi Ito .... assistant animation director
Takeshi Ito .... key animator
Ryota Itoh .... key animator
Yoshiyuki Itô .... assistant animation director
Yoshiyuki Itô .... key animator
Kiyohiro Iwasaki .... background artist
Michiko Kagawa .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Noriko Kai .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Tomie Kamiyama .... inbetween animator
Nao Kamoshida .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Hiroyuki Kanbe .... key animator
Hiroko Kanehara .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Takanobu Kanno .... background artist
Ai Kato .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Kumiko Katou .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Hitoshi Katsura .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Eizô Kawada .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Takashi Kawaguchi .... key animator
Toshihiro Kawamoto .... animation director
Toshiyuki Kawano .... key animator
Mi-kyung Kim .... background artist: Team's Art
Kunihiko Kimura .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist: Digital Work
Ai Kitajima .... inbetween animator: Accel
Satoshi Koike .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Shin'ya Kokaji .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka (as Shinya Kokaji)
Eiji Komatsu .... key animator
Masatomo Komine .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Yoshiharu Kudo .... key animator
Akiko Kumada .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Shingo Kuragari .... inbetween animator: Studio Live
Chizuko Kusunoki .... inbetween animator
Tomoya Kuwahara .... inbetween animator: Studio Line
Hye Yeon Lee .... background artist: Team's Art
Young Sang Lee .... background artist: Team's Art
Hidenori Maeda .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yu Maruyama .... inbetween animator: Gainax
Izumi Masui .... inbetween animator
Keisuke Masunaga .... key animator
Kenji Matano .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Hiroki Matsumoto .... background artist
Takuya Matsumura .... inbetween animator: XEBEC
Kazuhiro Miwa .... inbetween animator: Last House
Tadaaki Miyata .... key animator
Tomoki Mizuno .... key animator
Atsushi Morikawa .... background artist
Hiromitsu Morishita .... key animator
Yasuko Moriya .... inbetween animator
Tae Motodate .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Yasushi Muraki .... key animator
Satsuki Muramatsu .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Shûkô Murase .... key animator
Mutsumi Murata .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Tetsuhiko Nagashima .... background artist
Masafumi Nakagawa .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Norifumi Nakamura .... background artist: green
Yutaka Nakamura .... animation director
Keiya Nakano .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Kyoko Nakayama .... background artist: Bic Studio
Hiromitsu Narumi .... background artist
Takahiro Ninagawa .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Yudai Niwa .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Noriko Ohashi .... background artist
Kazuo Okada .... background artist
Hiroyuki Okaji .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Ayako Okamoto .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yasue Okamoto .... inbetween animator: Last House
Takashi Okamura .... inbetween animator
Tensai Okamura .... key animator
Mayumi Oku .... inbetween animator: Last House
Masato Onoda .... inbetween animator: Studio Live
Takayuki Onoda .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Mitsunao Onogi .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Miho Otsuka .... inbetween animator
Keiko Oyama .... inbetween animator: Radix
Hisashi Saitô .... key animator
Masami Saitô .... background artist
Tsunenori Saitô .... assistant animation director
Tsunenori Saitô .... key animator
Tatsuya Sakai .... background artist: green
Tsuyoshi Sakai .... inbetween animator: Last House
Tomoyasu Sakakibara .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Chiyoko Sakamoto .... inbetween animator: Radix
Tsukasa Sakurai .... inbetween animator: Studio Line
Hirotoshi Sano .... key animator
Yoko Sasa .... background artist: green
Mutsumi Sasaki .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Masayoshi Sato .... key animator
Yu Che Shen .... background artist
Emi Shibata .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Masato Shibata .... background artist
Reiko Shibuya .... background artist
Teizô Shimada .... assistant animation checker (as Teizo Shimasa)
Teizô Shimada .... inbetween animator (as Teizo Shimada)
Hyun Mi Shin .... background artist: Team's Art
Mika Shirota .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Naoko Soeda .... inbetween animator: Radix
Haruo Sotozaki .... key animator
Tadatomo Sugawara .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Yoko Sugita .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Noriko Sugiyama .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Rie Sugiyama .... background artist: green
Fumiko Suzuki .... inbetween animator
Hiromi Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Megumi Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Radix
Norimitsu Suzuki .... key animator
Satoshi Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Radix
Hisayuki Tabata .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Akifumi Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Studio Gush
Hideki Takahashi .... key animator
Ryo Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yoko Takahashi .... inbetween animator: XEBEC
Yûko Takahashi .... inbetween animator
Tomiko Takamori .... inbetween animator
Kumiko Takayanagi .... inbetween animator
Shingo Takeba .... layout supervisor
Setsuko Takenouchi .... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Takeuchi .... key animator
Naomi Takeuchi .... inbetween animator: Radix
Shiho Takeuchi .... key animator
Shiho Takeuchi .... layout supervisor
Tatsufumi Tamagawa .... key animator
Kotaro Tamamoto .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Kenji Tanabe .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Haruka Tanaka .... inbetween animator: Gainax
Hiro Tanaka .... inbetween animator
Kumiko Tanihira .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Takashi Tomioka .... assistant animation director
Takashi Tomioka .... key animator
Toshiyuki Tsuru .... key animator
Chinatsu Ueno .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Yoshihiko Umakoshi .... key animator
Eiji Wakamatsu .... background artist
Taeko Watanabe .... inbetween animator
Chizu Yagyu .... inbetween animator
Hiroyuki Yamada .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yoshikazu Yamada .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Tetsuichi Yamagishi .... key animator
Asahi Yamaguchi .... inbetween animator
Hiroyo Yamamoto .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Midori Yamamoto .... assistant animation checker
Midori Yamamoto .... inbetween animator
Tomoyo Yamamoto .... inbetween animator: Last House
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Atsuko Yamazaki .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Kazuhiko Yokota .... inbetween animator
Akitoshi Yokoyama .... key animator
Aya Yoshida .... inbetween animator
Ken'ichi Yoshida .... assistant animation director
Kenichi Yoshida .... key animator
Riko Yoshidama .... inbetween animator
Yumiko Yoshikawa .... inbetween animator
Mitsuo Yoshino .... background artist
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
Hiroshi Ôsaka .... assistant animation director
Tomoyuki Ôshita .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka (as Tomoyuki Oshita)
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
Ken Ôtsuka .... key animator (as Ken Ootsuka)
 
Music Department
Mem Nahadr .... musician
 
Other crew
Osamu Maseba .... production coordinator: English voices
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn .... adr director: English voices
Rika Takahashi .... translator: ZRO Limit
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira" - Japan (original title)
"Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door" - USA
"Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heavens Door" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
The Israeli-made Jericho 941 that Spike carries in both the series and the movie came originally in 9mm with a second barrel in .41 AE. However, the .41 AE round failed to catch on and it was discontinued as an option. Later models are available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The name of the city all it's happening appears to be "Alba City" like it's written on the floor by the near end when the mayor opens the Halloweens celebration, but before that when Jet is trying to get the airplanes, behind the guy who rents them it says everywhere Alva with a "v" instead of "b".See more »
Quotes:
[fighting with Electra]
Spike:I love a woman who can kick my ass.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in I Know That Voice (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Anime for the action lover/psychology major..., 25 May 2006
Author: Gary Feldman (Kurt_Cocaine) from Canada

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira(Japan, animated, color, 2001) A.K.A. Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door or Cowboy Bebop: The Movie thanks to Bob Dylan's lawyers and the lackwits at Columbia TriStar Films Cast(French dub): Bruno Muellenaerts(Spike Spiegel) Arnaud Leonard(Vincent Volaju) Stephane Flamand(Edward) Shinichiro Watanabe's 1998 series Cowboy Bebop is considered by many to be a classic of animation on television, oozing style, violence and a great jazz-based score from every pore of it's existence. After a somewhat lengthy absence(long enough for Cartoon Network to release an English dub), the Bebop crew return in this fabulous film(released in North America in 2002 to some quite positive reviews from art house critics) that takes an interesting story and expands it in a way the series couldn't, there's some SERIOUS philosophical depth here, not as much as, say, End Of Evangelion, but enough for your average action flick.

Opening with an insanely cool convenience store robbery sequence(replete with memorable dialogue and a cool "fish-eye" framing technique) and not letting up until it's VERY METAPHORICAL and beautifully animated ending. CB:TNT packs on humor, drama, thrills and DEEP THOUGHT by the crateful. You'll laugh, you'll scream, you'll shout "THAT WAS F**KING COOL!!!!", you'll have the distinct urge to crash a lecture on the human psyche! This movie has it all!

Our protagonists are Spike(lazily voiced by a bored-sounding Muellenaerts), a slacking loser of a bounty hunter who harbors an "interesting" past, Jet(I couldn't find a voice credit for the French dub on IMDb), a ex-cop and master of vegetarian cooking, Faye(same as last note), a problem gambler with amnesia and Edward(given a soulfully bizarre lilt by Flamand), an androgynous female hacker with zero attention span and an unholy amount of flexibility(which she spends most of the film demonstrating). After a search for a local hacker with a five million dollar bounty on his head goes horridly wrong, the gang are left in pursuit of Vincent Volaju(Who Leonard lends an inherent amount of spookiness to), a bioterrorist with a military history who supposedly has been dead for the past three years., and really is!

After close to two hours of comedy, violence and mind-f**k plot developments, the end credits roll and you may wedge your way from the edge of your seat. The film entertains on many a level and will more than certainly please fans of the series as well as newcomers. Despite me having the desire to watch it French, the film is best experienced with the English dub(close to flawless, expect minor characters are wooden and there are a few agitating accents) or the original Japanese(despite the "authenticity", I never enjoyed the Japanese voices for the Bebop crew, except Jet) with subtitles in a language of your choice.

Verdict: 100/100, not be missed by anyone who loves action or anime.

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