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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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Coming Out at 25 December 2004 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is comedy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Wes Anderson. It is Anderson’s fourth feature-length film and was released in the United States on December 25, 2004. It was written by Anderson and Noah Baumbach and was filmed in and around Naples, Ponza, and the Italian Riviera.

The film stars Bill Murray as the eponymous Steve Zissou, an eccentric oceanographer who sets out to exact revenge on the “jaguar shark” that ate his partner Esteban. Zissou is both a parody of and homage to French diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau (1910–1997), to whom the film is dedicated. Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Seu Jorge, and Bud Cort are also featured in the film.

While oceanographer Steve Zissou is working on his latest documentary at sea, his best friend and chief diver, Esteban du Plantier, is eaten by a 10-meter-long, luminescently-spotted creature Zissou describes as a “jaguar shark.” For his next project, Zissou is determined to document the shark’s destruction.

The crew aboard Zissou’s aging research vessel Belafonte includes his estranged wife Eleanor, chief strategist and financial backer; Pelé dos Santos, a safety expert and Brazilian guitarist who sings David Bowie songs in Portuguese; and Klaus Daimler, the German first mate who views Zissou and Esteban as father figures. Minor crew members include Vikram Ray, cameraman; Bobby Ogata, frogman; Vladimir Wolodarsky, physicist and soundtrack composer; Renzo Pietro, sound man; and Anne-Marie Sakowitz, script girl. Also included is a recent group of unpaid interns from the University of North Alaska. However, the “Team Zissou” venture has hit a decline; they have not released a successful documentary in nine years.

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, Jeff Goldblum, Seu Jorge, Bud Cort

Cast:

Bill MurraySteve Zissou
Owen WilsonNed Plimpton
Cate BlanchettJane Winslett-Richardson
Anjelica HustonEleanor Zissou
Willem DafoeKlaus Daimler
Jeff GoldblumAlistair Hennessey
Michael GambonOseary Drakoulias
Noah TaylorVladimir Wolodarsky
Bud CortBill Ubell
Seu JorgePelé dos Santos
Robyn CohenAnne-Marie Sakowitz
Waris AhluwaliaVikram Ray
Niels KoizumiBobby Ogata
Pawel WdowczakRenzo Pietro
Matthew Gray GublerIntern #1
Seymour CasselEsteban du Plantier
Antonio MondaFestival Director
Isabella BlowAntonia Cook
James HamiltonFestival Photographer
Melanie GerrenMandeeza
Nazzareno PianaElderly Man
Rudd SimmonsMan in Yellow Shirt
Leonardo GiovannelliWerner
Henry S.F. Cooper Jr.Talk Show Host
Pietro RagusaAcademic
Eric Chase AndersonAir Kentucky Pilot
Robert WilsonAir Kentucky Pilot
Don McKinnonAir Kentucky Pilot
Alessio SantiniUniversity of Alaska Intern
Paolo SirignaniUniversity of Alaska Intern
Andrew WeisellUniversity of Alaska Intern
Niccolò SenniUniversity of Alaska Intern
Andrea GuerraUniversity of Alaska Intern
Christiano IrreraUniversity of Alaska Intern
Vincenzo RecchiaUniversity of Alaska Intern
Marco CiarlittoUniversity of Alaska Intern
Tony ShafraziLarry Amin
Noah BaumbachPhillip
Stefano Maria OrtolaniItalian Man in Audience
Sylvie GeninFrench Woman in Audience
Jacques Henri LartigueLord Mandrake (archive footage)
Muzius Gordon DietzmannJavier
Gangyuan XuCedric
Robin ScottHugo
Guglielmo CasciaroCarl
Alessandro De AngelisHennessey Sailor
Andrea BertoneHennessey Sailor
Andriy KachurHennessey Sailor
Roberto SalviHennessey Sailor
Stefano MascioliniHennessey Sailor
Robert SommerParty Guest
Anna OrsoParty Guest
Ettore ContiParty Guest
Robert GrahamVenezuelan General
Hal YamanouchiChief Pirate
Conrado Mendoza DolorPirate
Eduardo Bautista GrantuzaPirate
Simeon Maragigak AgelionPirate
Walter Cajapao CasapaoPirate
Honorato Ilao ReyesPirate
Roderick MagbayPirate
Demetreo CastilloPirate
Thomas Carwgal de la PeñaPirate
Edwarren BantungonPirate
Levi Mickael de RamonPirate
Aries CoralesPirate
Aries Dolor IlagonPirate
Joseph de los ReyesPirate
Dennis Rayos MartinezPirate
Taiyo YamanouchiPirate
Wai Tung WongPirate
Ging Fang ZhuPirate
Francis DokyiWater Taxi Driver
Begni Bok DongYoung Ogata
Daniel AconFormer Team Zissou, Antarctica
Alexander HamiltonFormer Team Zissou, Antarctica
LeicaCody

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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