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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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Details

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The brand of cigarettes Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) smokes throughout the movie were only sold in Ireland, and were discontinued in the 1970s. According to Wes Anderson in the DVD insert (detailing all of the setting and props and the reasons why he used them), this was intentional, because of the 1970s theme, and to make Margot's secret smoking habit just a little stranger. See more »

Goofs

Artist Elliott Puckette's name is badly misspelled in the credits (her paintings appear in the film). See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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

There's another scene involving Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston) and Henry Sherman (Danny Glover) eating dinner together. Etheline once again turns him down and leaves while he's lighting a piece of toast on fire. See more »

Connections

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Fairest Of The Seasons
Written by Jackson Browne and Greg Copeland
Published by Open Window Music
Performed by Nico
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Easily one of the best films of recent years.
23 May 2003 | by dorkrockSee all my reviews

Wes Anderson's previous two films, Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, while both enjoyable, are overshadowed by The Royal Tenenbaums. The Royal Tenenbaums is a richly textured, layered film that yields something new upon each viewing. Every character is intriguing. The film's dialogue is amazing, and illustrates the fact that Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson (who co-wrote the film) have a deep-seeded understanding of basic human nature and a flare for subtle humor. The cast is stellar, and the performances are arguably these actors' best. After watching it so many times, it's hard for me to accept that Ben Stiller isn't really Chas Tenenbaum, and that Gene Hackman isn't actually Royal. The Royal Tenenbaums is a must-see.


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