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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

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Wes Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Royal Tenenbaum
Anjelica Huston ... Etheline Tenenbaum
Ben Stiller ... Chas Tenenbaum
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Margot Tenenbaum
Luke Wilson ... Richie Tenenbaum
Owen Wilson ... Eli Cash
Bill Murray ... Raleigh St. Clair
Danny Glover ... Henry Sherman
Seymour Cassel ... Dusty
Kumar Pallana ... Pagoda
Alec Baldwin ... Narrator (voice)
Grant Rosenmeyer ... Ari Tenenbaum
Jonah Meyerson ... Uzi Tenenbaum
Aram Aslanian-Persico Aram Aslanian-Persico ... Young Chas Tenenbaum
Irina Gorovaia ... Young Margot Tenenbaum (as Irene Gorovaia)
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Storyline

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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You Are Invited To A Remarkable Family Gathering. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Royal Tenenbaums See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$276,981, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,364,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,077,240
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Hackman mentioned in interviews that he was somewhat hesitant to accept the part, as he felt that he himself had been insensitive to his own family at different points in his life. He asked them if they would find him playing this character uncomfortable for their own sakes. They all agreed he should accept the part. See more »

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In the tent, Margot places the phonograph needle in the middle of one side of The Rolling Stones album. However, when the song ends, the needle is shown at the end of the first track. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year. Over the next decade, he and his wife had three children, and then they separated.
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The film title first appears on a library book being checked out, then several of the books are seen, and finally the book cover becomes a title card. See more »

Alternate Versions

A short segment involving Eli's family (a wife and children) was cut. It would have been where Richie goes to visit for the first time. The segment can be seen in the Criterion Collection DVD and read in the Screenplay. See more »

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References The Big Shave (1967) See more »

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Beauty found in comic places
24 January 2005 | by uberpoofSee all my reviews

The Royal Tenenbaums, to put it shortly, is a weird movie. It is the story of a family longing for its heyday to return. It is the story of a man who wants to be accepted. It is a story of redemption, filled with small epiphanies and smaller details that make for excellent viewing. It takes delight in showcasing its brilliant characterizations and depictions of social oddities. Many will find it hard to relate to such strangers and therefore decline to revel in this film's cinematic glory. We can pity them.

Those that enjoy Wes Anderson's films can be put into two categories. There are those that simply find them to be quirky joyrides and laugh them off as such. Then there are those who recognize the loneliness in all of the characters Wes Anderson writes - it is this sense of loneliness that Wes Anderson, as a storyteller, brings to the screen. It is this sense of loneliness that makes Wes Anderson one of the most visionary filmmakers out there today.

The Royal Tenenbaums is an altogether thrilling experience. It is epic, filled with pageantry. Though categorized as a comedy, at times it seems darker then typical black comedies - a drama, or even a triumphant tragedy of life's unrealized outcasts. As Margot Tenenbaum (Gwenyth Paltrow) says in one of the last scenes: "Well, I'm sure he'll get over it." The Royal Tenenbaums is a rejoicing in the human spirit's reluctant but continuous march forward.


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