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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 (Bill Murray) 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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Wes Anderson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Steve Zissou
Owen Wilson ... Ned Plimpton
Cate Blanchett ... Jane Winslett-Richardson
Anjelica Huston ... Eleanor Zissou
Willem Dafoe ... Klaus Daimler
Jeff Goldblum ... Alistair Hennessey
Michael Gambon ... Oseary Drakoulias
Noah Taylor ... Vladimir Wolodarsky
Bud Cort ... Bill Ubell
Seu Jorge ... Pelé dos Santos
Robyn Cohen ... Anne-Marie Sakowitz
Waris Ahluwalia ... Vikram Ray
Niels Koizumi Niels Koizumi ... Bobby Ogata
Pawel Wdowczak Pawel Wdowczak ... Renzo Pietro
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Intern #1
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They bestowed this honor upon me?

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Storyline

When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) 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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Trivia

The DVD commentary was recorded in the same New York City diner where Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach wrote this movie. See more »

Goofs

As Steve and Ned walk through the ship, after Steve surprises them in Jane's cabin, they walk past a white picture in which the camera is reflected. 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.
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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

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Oh! You Pretty Things
Written by David Bowie
Performed by Seu Jorge
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Very funny! Favorite Wes Anderson movie...
9 December 2004 | by Starlet1414See all my reviews

My favorite Wes Anderson movie. Very funny. It is sweet and Bill Murray along with the rest of the cast (esp. Dafoe) does some of their best work. The soundtrack (David Bowie songs) is really inventive and Willem Dafoe is hysterical as is Jeff Goldblum. I think this movie will be Anderson's biggest financial hit because it stays true to his style but is also understandable by people who don't usually "get" his type of humor. I don't really know what that other guy is talking about when he says that it isn't very funny. I saw it in a 300 person packed theater and everyone laughed the whole way through.

Something for people who are politically minded to watch out for and pay attention to are the scenes involving the pirates who storm Zissou's ship. When the passengers are taken hostage, it is really unsettling, especially given the current situations overseas.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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The Life Aquatic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,085, 12 December 2004

Gross USA:

$24,020,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,808,403
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2.35 : 1
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