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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Zissou
... Ned Plimpton
... Jane Winslett-Richardson
... Eleanor Zissou
... Klaus Daimler
... Alistair Hennessey
... Oseary Drakoulias
... Vladimir Wolodarsky
... Bill Ubell
... Pelé dos Santos
... Anne-Marie Sakowitz
... Vikram Ray
Niels Koizumi ... Bobby Ogata
Pawel Wdowczak ... Renzo Pietro
... Intern #1
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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

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The deeper you go, the weirder life gets


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

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25 December 2004 (USA)  »

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The Life Aquatic  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,085, 12 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,006,726, 27 February 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,788,000
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2.35 : 1
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The ailment acquired by Steve, hydrogen psychosis (or "crazy-eye") is a play on an actual diving malady known as nitrogen narcosis. See more »

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After the pirates leave and Steve finds the dog still on the ship, we hear Cody bark, but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

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[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.
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In memory of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and with gratitude to the Cousteau Society, which was not involved in the making of this film. See more »


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Staralfur
Written by Orri P. Dyrason, Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm (as Geor G Holm), and Agust Aevar Gunnarsson
Performed by Sigur Rós
Courtesy of FatCat Records Ltd
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My personal favorite
14 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is my all time favorite movie. The comedic intricacies are unmatched, combined with rich visuals and a compelling plot. I am not a fan of most Wes Anderson films, they tend to be a bit too subtle for my taste (DarJeeling Limited, Royal Tenenbaums...). However, Bill Murray hits it out of the park with his deadpan lines (I'm right on the edge. I don't know what comes next....I'm about to blow my stack). Understated performances abound which fits the film perfectly, which means the film may require a few viewings to appreciate it fully (it took me awhile to warm up to it). The soundtrack is amazing also, both the Seu Jorge (sp?) tracks and the Devo instrumentals. All in all, I feel this is Anderson's best work, and I know I am probably in the minority on this, but it's much better on many levels than his previous and subsequent films.

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