The Royal Tenenbaums The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson

The Royal Tenenbaums (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • United States
  • 2001
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #157

Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston), had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from Wes Anderson.


Royal TenenbaumGene Hackman
Etheline TenenbaumAnjelica Huston
Chas Tenenbaum Ben Stiller
Margot TenenbaumGwyneth Paltrow
Richie TenenbaumLuke Wilson
Eli CashOwen Wilson
Raleigh St. Clair Bill Murray
Henry ShermanDanny Glover
DustySeymour Cassel
PagodaKumar Pallana
NarratorAlec Baldwin


DirectorWes Anderson
ScreenplayWes Anderson and Owen Wilson
ProducerWes Anderson, Scott Rudin and Barry Mendel
CinematographyRobert Yeoman
Executive producersRudd Simmons and Owen Wilson
Production designDavid Wasco
EditingDylan Tichenor
Costume designKaren Patch
MusicMark Mothersbaugh
Music supervisorRandall Poster
CastingDouglas Aibel
Unit production managerDenise Pinckley
First assistant directorSam Hoffman
Second assistant directorMichelle L. Keiser
Additional editingDaniel R. Padgett
Key set decoratorSandy Reynolds Wasco
Richie's artwork & original illustrationsEric Chase Anderson
Associate producerWill Sweeney

Disc Features


  • Restored digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Anderson
  • With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles, featuring Anderson
  • Interviews with and behind-the-scenes footage of actors Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover
  • Outtakes
  • The Peter Bradley Show, featuring interviews with additional cast members
  • Scrapbook featuring young Richie’s murals and paintings, still photographs by set photographer James Hamilton, book and magazine covers, and storyboards
  • Studio 360 radio segment on painter Miguel Calderón, along with examples of his work
  • Trailers
  • Collectible insert with Eric Anderson’s drawings
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Kent Jones

    New cover by Eric Chase Anderson

Film Essays


The Royal Tenenbaums: Faded Glories

By Kent Jones July 14, 2012

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The Royal Tenenbaums: Faded Glories

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At Home with the Tenenbaums

July 20, 2011

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Wes Anderson’s Next Film on the Horizon

November 11, 2010

Fantastic news for Wes Anderson fans: the auteur’s next project appears to be lined up—and actors are already lining up for it. has reported that Anderson is set to begin production . . . Read more »


The Fantastic Monsieurs Anderson and Desplechin

October 29, 2009

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