7.3/10
148,034
637 user 262 critic

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
1,627 ( 177)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman
Rushmore (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007).

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Natalie Portman, Waris Ahluwalia
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lone passengers are traveling to join their loved ones for the Christmas holiday, but winter weather conspires to way-lay them.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Yasmin Kaur Barn, Adrien Brody, Leo Hatton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi
Bottle Rocket (1994)
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dysfunctional friends Dignan and Anthony plan and execute a robbery with their pot-growing friend, Bob.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Robert Musgrave
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Italy, September 1955. A Formula One driver crashes his car during a race, leaving him stuck in a small village but good surprises will come his way.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Giada Colagrande, Giorgio Zancolla
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Niels Koizumi ...
Pawel Wdowczak ...
...
Intern #1
Edit

Storyline

When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou and his Team Zissou crew set off for an expedition to hunt down the creature. Along with his estranged wife, a beautiful journalist and a co-pilot who could possibly be Zissou's son, the crew set off for one wild expedition. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The deeper you go, the weirder life gets


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use, violence and partial nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

25 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Life Aquatic  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$113,085 (USA) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$24,006,726 (USA) (25 February 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The jaguar shark is one of the largest stop-motion puppets ever constructed. It measured eight feet in length and required five hand-cranked controls for the swimming action. See more »

Goofs

While on the submarine, Zissou inserts a tape into the player. The clock reads 2:18. The camera immediately cuts to Zissou turning the volume up, but the time now reads 1:45. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in Italian]
Festival Director: Ladies and gentlemen, we are very pleased to welcome you to the world premiere of Part 1 of the newest film from a great favorite of ours here at Loquasto, Mr. Steve Zissou. A brief Q & A will immediately follow the screening. Thank you.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the scene of the credits where the crew boards the Belafonte, Ned can clearly be seen at the top of the ship in full pilot's uniform smoking his pipe. See more »

Connections

References  (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Changes
Written by David Bowie
Performed by Seu Jorge
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fun, Imaginative, Tragic, and Bowie...
15 December 2004 | by (Henderson, Nevada) – See all my reviews

I cannot express in words how many different styles of film making Wes Anderson combined into this masterpiece. At one point hilarious, sometimes even action-packed, while other times, you may feel a tear forming. Wes Anderson deserves major credit for this new addition to his excellent films.

The stop-motion animation, although underused, was extremely imaginative and is a lost art nowadays in movies that should be taken into consideration. The premise itself was great, but when you watch the film, you almost forget that the sole purpose of the film is to confront the jaguar shark, as you become connected with the characters emotionally.

Overall, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Seu Jorge (whose Portuguese interpretation of "Space Oddity" nearly drew me to tears with laughter) Cate Blanchett, and Owen Wilson, I applaud them for making such a great film better, Wes Anderson as well.

Excellent music, great acting, teary moments, and action-packed rescues make this a definite 9.5/10!


298 of 443 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?