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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Details


The first effort from director Wes Anderson since his critically beloved Wes Anderson, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou finds the filmmaker re-teaming with a number of familiar faces, including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, and Seymour Cassel. Murray plays Steve Zissou, an eccentric and renowned oceanographer who has decided to seek out and enact mortal revenge on a shark that ate one of the men on his team. Along for the ride is Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson), a young man who has joined Zissou's crew after showing up claiming to be the seaman's long-lost son and Zissou's co-producer (and estranged wife), Eleanor Angelica Huston. As the expedition ensues, the two bond and Plimpton falls for a female journalist (Cate Blanchett) who is writing a piece on Zissou. The crew meets a host of obstacles on their journey, including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. Adding a flair of whimsy to the film's aesthetic, the sea creatures and underwater scenes in the film have been created using stop-motion animation under the direction of Henry Selick, the man behind Henry Selick and Henry Selick. The ensemble cast also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, and Bud Cort. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:December 10, 2004


Bill Murray
as Steve Zissou
Owen Wilson
as Ned Plimpton
Cate Blanchett
as Jane Winslett-Richardson
Anjelica Huston
as Eleanor Zissou
Willem Dafoe
as Klaus Daimler
Jeff Goldblum
as Alistair Hennessy
Michael Gambon
as Oseary Drakoulias
Bud Cort
as Bill Ubell
Seu Jorge
as Pele dos Santos
Seymour Cassel
as Esteban du Plantier
Noah Taylor
Wallace Wolodarsky
Robyn Cohen
Peter Stormare
Matthew Gray Gubler
as Intern


Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
Barry Mendel
Scott Rudin
Wes Anderson
Noah Baumbach
Robert Yeoman
Scott Walker
Featured Music
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer (Music Score)
David Bowie
Featured Music
David Moritz
Mark Friedberg
Production Designer
Giacomo Carducci
Art Director
Roberta Federico
Art Director
Eugenio Ulissi
Art Director
Stefano M. Ortolani
Art Director
Marco Trentini
Art Director
Simona Migliotti
Art Director
Enzo Sisti
Daniel Beers
Associate Producer
Rudd Simmons
Executive Producer
Gretchen Rau
Set Decorator
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Pawel Wdowczak
Sound/Sound Designer
Inti Carboni
First Assistant Director
Sam Hoffman
First Assistant Director
Douglas Aibel
Jeremy Dawson
Visual Effects Supervisor
David Giammarco
Supervising Sound Editor
Renato Agostini
Special Effects Supervisor
Gray Marshall
Visual Effects Supervisor
Seu Jorge
Musical Performer
Luigi Spoletini
Second Unit Director
Franco Salamon
Stunts Coordinator
Franco Salamon
Second Unit Director
Henry Selick
Stop-Motion Animation
Stefano Falivene
Second Unit Camera
Roman Coppola
Second Unit Director