Wes Anderson

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew, Team Zissou, set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline copilot (Owen Wilson), a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett), and Zissou’s estranged wife (Anjelica Huston). Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Seu Jorge, and Bud Cort for this wildly original adventure-comedy.

Film Info

  • Wes Anderson
  • United States
  • 2004
  • 118 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #300

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Anderson and cowriter Noah Baumbach
  • This Is an Adventure, a documentary chronicling the film’s production
  • Mondo Monda, an Italian talk show featuring an interview with Anderson and Baumbach
  • Interview with composer Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Singer-actor Seu Jorge performing David Bowie songs in Portuguese
  • Intern video journal by actor Matthew Gray Gubler
  • Interviews with the cast and crew
  • Deleted scenes
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An insert featuring a conversation between Wes and Eric conducted in 2005

New cover by Eric Chase Anderson

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Anderson and cowriter Noah Baumbach
  • This Is an Adventure, a documentary chronicling the film’s production
  • Mondo Monda, an Italian talk show featuring an interview with Anderson and Baumbach
  • Interview with composer Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Singer-actor Seu Jorge performing David Bowie songs in Portuguese
  • Intern video journal by actor Matthew Gray Gubler
  • Interviews with the cast and crew
  • Deleted scenes
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An insert featuring a conversation between Wes and Eric conducted in 2005

New cover by Eric Chase Anderson

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Cast
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
Bobby Ogata
Pawel Wdowczak
Renzo Pietro
Matthew Gray Gubler
Intern #1
Seymour Cassel
Esteban du Plantier
Credits
Director
Wes Anderson
Written by
Wes Anderson
Written by
Noah Baumbach
Produced by
Wes Anderson
Produced by
Barry Mendel
Produced by
Scott Rudin
Executive producer
Rudd Simmons
Coproducer
Enzo Sisti
Director of photography
Robert Yeoman
Production designer
Mark Friedberg
Edited by
David Moritz
Costume designer
Milena Canonero
Music
Mark Mothersbaugh
Music supervisor
Randall Poster
Animation by
Henry Selick
Casting
Douglas Aibel
Score recorded and mixed by
Robert Casale
Songs
David Bowie
Adapted into Portuguese and performed by
Seu Jorge
Still photographer
Philippe Antonello
Original illustrations
Eric Chase Anderson

From The Current

Wes Anderson in Oklahoma

Repertory Picks

Wes Anderson in Oklahoma

Wes Anderson fans in Oklahoma City can beat those lingering holiday blues with a complete retrospective of his feature films, including a 35 mm screening of 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Cowritten by Noah Baumbach, this madcap homage t…

On Film / In Theaters
Dec 29, 2016
Terence Nance’s Top 10

Terence Nance was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.


Oct 17, 2016
Bittersweet Reminiscences of The Life Aquatic
On Film / Short Takes
May 20, 2014
Flying Lotus’s Top 10

The Los Angeles–based music producer Flying Lotus (born Steve Ellison) has been working in the electronic music field since the early 2000s.


Dec 20, 2012
Wes Anderson on Mondo Monda
Wes Anderson on Mondo Monda

The latest comedy by Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, had its world premiere yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival, and was very warmly received. We hope Anderson is having better luck communicating with French interviewers than he did when he a…


May 17, 2012
TRUE WES

What do Orson Welles, François Truffaut, Mike Nichols, and Peanuts have in common? According to critic Matt Zoller Seitz, they’re just a few of the many influences on Wes Anderson’s films, and in a lovingly assembled and keenly edited five-part …


Apr 7, 2009
Adam Yauch’s Top 10

Adam Yauch is a founding member of the Beastie Boys. Recently he created a new division of his company Oscilloscope Laboratories called Oscilloscope Pictures (oscilloscopepictures.com) for the sole purpose of distributing films. He even hired two guy


Nov 21, 2008
Frank Kozik’s Top 10

Credited with single-handedly reviving the lost art of the concert poster, Frank Kozik credits his career to his enthusiasm for Austin, Texas’s growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties. Find out more, at frankkozik.net and fkozik.com. In


Nov 20, 2008

Explore

Wes Anderson

Director, Writer

Houston native Wes Anderson’s idiosyncratic directorial style—marked by eccentric, colorful compositions and a fastidious attention to detail—seemed completely anomalous in the U.S. independent film landscape at the outset of his career. But it’s become such an influence on other homegrown auteurs that it’s beginning to look as archetypally American as apple pie. Anderson debuted with Bottle Rocket, a thirteen-minute video shown at Sundance. On the strength of that short, producers James L. Brooks and Polly Platt brought Anderson and his cowriter and star Owen Wilson to Hollywood, where the pair embarked on the project of turning it into a feature. The result, a crisply shot comedy about dead-end criminals in Texas, announced Anderson as a major talent; his next film, Rushmore, a wildly acclaimed, widescreen coming-of-age tale that introduced actor Jason Schwartzman and gave Bill Murray a critical comeback, cemented that reputation. These films, like the ones he’s made in the years since—from the Oscar-nominated The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to The Darjeeling Limited and the animated Fantastic Mr. Fox—are vivid, wry studies of families and other groups, infused with liberal doses of both hilarity and melancholy.


Read Anderson’s Top 10.