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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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Keiko Nobumoto (screenplay), Hajime Yatate (based on the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ... Spike Spiegel (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Jet Black (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Faye Valentine (voice)
Aoi Tada Aoi Tada ... Edward Wong (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Hoffman (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Shadkins (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi Jûrôta Kosugi ... Harris (voice)
Kinryû Arimoto Kinryû Arimoto ... Captain (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Colonel (voice)
Yûji Ueda ... Lee (voice)
Nobuo Tobita ... Murata (voice)
Rikiya Koyama ... Steve (voice)
Ai Kobayashi Ai Kobayashi ... Elektra Ovirowa (voice)
Jin Hirao Jin Hirao ... Antonio (voice)
Toshihiko Nakajima Toshihiko Nakajima ... Carlos (voice)
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Storyline

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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They're here to save the planet. But not for free. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$234,429, 6 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,045, 17 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,007,903, 17 July 2003
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much to the chagrin of fellow staff members, half way through production the movie extended from a ninety minute film to a two hour film. See more »

Goofs

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

[Jet describes the Nano-Machines]
Jet: The message mentions bone marrow so they must know about the Nano-Machines.
Faye: And so?
Jet: That's all I have.
Faye: So ends yet another episode of 'Wasting Time with Jet'
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The footage that opens the film showing Vincent playing with the marbles that hold the nano-machine virus, was repeated in the Japanese theatrical prints of the film. It was repeated in the scene where Vincent is alone in the vacant apartment before Samson shows up. This re-using of the footage later in the film does not occur in home video or international versions of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Praxis (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Diggin'
Words by Tim Jensen
Vocals by Steve Conte
Music Composed by Yôko Kanno
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in the shadow of the (much) better series
3 June 2002 | by mattwakemanSee all my reviews

i suspect that one of the reasons that this film has such a high score is because it contains two very important words to many anime fans: 'cowboy bebop'. and thus it gets a lot of 10's. but it is because of its title that i cant give it that high a score.

this is an ok film, better then sum (spriggan) worse than others but the problem is that it is going with one of, if not the, finest series of anime ever. the characters are there but the story and the dialogue were not. and this is a real shame. eye candy is fine but there must be more to it than this, especially when compared to the epic story lines of 'real folk blues'.

its ok, but with 'cowboy bebop' that just isnt good enough.


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