The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

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Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew--Team Zissou--set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. A young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou's son, a beautiful journalist assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor, joins them on their voyage. They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.


  • Bill Murray
  • Owen Wilson
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Michael Gambon
  • Noah Taylor
  • Bud Cort
  • Seu Jorge

Did You Know?


  • One fish, dubbed "The Hydronicus Inverticus", was left on the cutting-room floor because it was deemed too ridiculous. It is a fish that can turn itself inside-out.
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  • When the crew is examining the sunken aircraft, we see the black box which is labeled "Black Box". In reality, airline "black box" flight recorders are colored bright orange.
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    • Steve Zissou: We'll split into two groups. I'll take Ned, Ogata, and Wolodarsky.
    • [pouting]
    • Klaus Daimler: Thanks. Thanks a lot for not picking me.
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Wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter

The director of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums scores his most funny-sad movie to date.

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Aquatic maintains its buoyancy throughout.

Glenn Kenny