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  • The mysterious Rasheed is based on the Moroccan guide who accompanied the movie-staff while they were scouting locations.
  • When Faye 'kills' the arcade game Lee Samson is playing, he becomes very upset that he didn't get to meet a character in the game. The name varies depending on the source of the translations and subtitles, but the character's name has been referred to as Spokey Dokey, Spooky Donkey and, in the Columbia Tristar distributed version, Sporky Donkey. Although the reason for the different translation is negligible, the Spokey Dokey translation is a reference to a song of the same name in the original series composed by Yoko Kanno, which is heard, amongst other times, at the beginning and end of the first episode, Asteroid Blues.
  • In the opening credits, some fans believe the three US dubbing actors for Cowboy Bebop are shown in animation. The man in headphones singing the line "What's up" is said to be Beau Billingslea, the English voice of Jet Black; the woman in dark top drinking soda on the song line "sweet cakes" is apparently Wendee Lee, the English voice of Faye Valentine; on the line "anyway", the man in sunglasses taking a karate pose is reportedly Steve Blum, the English voice of Spike Spiegel. However, there does not seem to be any verification from the staff, and the film's animation was in fact completed before Bebop had gained much of a following outside of Japan.
  • The character, Vincent, is based on singer/song writer Bob Dylan who wrote the song that the title of this film is based.
  • The look of Electra Ovilo is based on actress Gina Gershon.
  • In the shots showing the T-shirt salesman, the T-shirt in the very lower left says "Bones", which is one of the production studios responsible for Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, and made up of former members of Sunrise, who created the show.
  • Although having been involved in numerous dubs for Japanese games, Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira marks the first time voice actor Jennifer Hale has been involved in an anime dub. In a recent interview, she has stated that voicing Electra in the movie is one of her most favorite experiences.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira began production as soon as the final episode of Cowboy Bebop was aired in Japan.
  • The animation is sufficiently detailed to identify some of the guns used; the pistol used by Vincent Volaju on the train is identifiable as a Strayer Voigt Infinity, chambered in either .45 ACP or .380 Browning, and the submachine gun fired into the weather control center ceiling by Faye Valentine is identifiable as a Heckler & Koch MP5K, chambered in 9mm. Faye's pistol is a Glock 30: the model number is clearly visible when Faye shoots the game in the arcade. (The Glock 30 is chambered for .45 ACP.) Spike's pistol is a IMI Jericho 941, though the movie does not give enough clues to identify what round the pistol was chambered for. Jet's pistol appears to be a Walther P99, but lack of detail makes identification and chambering difficult.
  • The Israeli-made Jericho 941 that Spike carries in both the series and the movie came originally in 9mm with a second barrel in .41 AE. However, the .41 AE round failed to catch on and it was discontinued as an option. Later models are available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
  • Much to the chagrin of fellow staff members, half way through production the movie extended from a ninety minute film to a two hour film.
  • Guest directors include Hiroyuki Okiura and Tensai Okamura, who directed the opening and the "Western film-within-the-film" respectively. Shin'ichirô Watanabe chose to use guest directors as those sections were quite different from the body of the film; and also because of the time restrictions.
  • This film takes place between episodes 22 and 23 of the series
  • The full English title of the film is "Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door". However, supposedly due to copyright disputes over the subtitle "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (after a Bob Dylan song of the same name), Columbia Tristar, who is releasing the film in the United States, shortened the name to just "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie".
  • The movie playing at the drive-in where Jet and Bob meet is High Noon (1952).
  • Among the 'antique' planes seen in the movie are the Supermarine Spitfire, Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker, Faerie Swordfish, P-38 Lightning, F-84 Thunderjet, TBF Avenger, F/A-18 Hornet, and the A6M5 Zero.
  • The film is set close to 2071. This means the Dr.I Dreidecker seen towards the end is over 150 years old.
  • The movie was banned in Iran & Iraq.
  • Lynsey McLeod, one of the voice actors who played a minor role in the English dubbing of the movie, had also previously played the starring role of Belle in the 1990's Disney live-action TV series "Sing Me a Story with Belle", a spin-off of the 1991 animated film "Beauty & the Beast".
  • The film takes place in 2071.
  • Contrary to popular belief, there was no rotoscoping or tracing used for the lifelike characters in the opening credits.
  • The film's Japanese theatrical release date was September 1st 2001, the day before the TV series' first US broadcast.
  • The character Andy von de Oniyate, who appeared in the episode Cowboy Funk (session 22), can be seen riding on horseback in the Halloween parade.
  • Most noticable in the opening credits, the city landscape on Mars was heavily inspired by New York City. The plot of the film begins with a terrorist attack in said city. Ten days after the film's release in Japan, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the September 11th attacks, primarily at the World Trade Center in New York City.


  • In the scene where the vintage airplanes are spreading the vaccine over the city, one of the old coots says (in the English subtitles) "This reminds me of the sinking of the Bismarck!" The airplane he's in is a Fairey Swordfish (a WWII-vintage biplane torpedo bomber), and Swordfishes were instrumental in sinking the Bismarck during the famous WWII naval battle. The red space ship Spike flies in the movie and the series is also called Swordfish II.
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