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The Royal Tenenbaums
- Gene Hackman

Overview - In their youth, the Tenenbaums--an eccentric New York family--were extraordinary. They were all geniuses. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful litigator. His wife Etheline (Angelica Huston) raised their children to be ambitious, entrepreneurial, and creative--then published an acclaimed book about her child-rearing techniques.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In their youth, the Tenenbaums--an eccentric New York family--were extraordinary. They were all geniuses. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful litigator. His wife Etheline (Angelica Huston) raised their children to be ambitious, entrepreneurial, and creative--then published an acclaimed book about her child-rearing techniques. Adopted daughter Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a gifted playwright. Son Chas (Ben Stiller) was a masterful businessman with a taste for real estate. And the other son, Richie (Luke Wilson), was a natural tennis champ. However, when Royal packed up his life and left his wife and his family in a cloud of betrayal, everything fell apart. Twenty years later, the Tenenbaums are a dejected and alienated bunch, each having found that their early successes did not carry over into adulthood. When washed-up Royal learns that his distant wife Etheline, who has become an archaeologist, may remarry, he feigns illness as an excuse to reunite with his estranged family. From Wes Anderson, director of RUSHMORE, this film is full of quirky comedy that will have audiences reeling and reflecting simultaneously. The brilliant script is impeccable with choppy, intentionally awkward language delivered with dry wit by the well-appointed (almost too good to be true) cast. Dramatic sets are emphasized by the film's masterful orchestration of scene changes and chapter separations. The photography beautifully captures a faded, vintage 1980s New York. And the eclectic soundtrack features much-loved tunes by Nico, The Velvet Underground, The Clash, and the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Cast List

Wes Anderson - Director/Screenwriter
Owen Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Owen C. Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Robert D. Yeoman - Director of photography
Robert Yeoman - Director of photography
Karen Patch - Costume Designer, YOU, ME AND DUPREE (2006)
Danny Glover - American actor
Barry Mendel - Producer, 'Rushmore' (1999)
Mark Mothersbaugh - Film and TV Composer, RUSHMORE (1998)
Luke Wilson - Actor
Gwyneth Paltrow - Oscar Winning Actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Dylan Tichenor
Scott Rudin - Producer/Executive
Ben Stiller - American director/actor, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Gene Hackman - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Eugene Alder - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Bill Murray - American actor, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MEATBALLS
Anjelica Huston - American actress, THE GRIFTERS/THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Alec Baldwin - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)
Alexander Rae Baldwin III - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 109
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936165425
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (some language, sexuality/nudity, and drug content)
  • Release Date: June 2015

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Theatrical release: December 14, 2001 (NY/LA) December 21, 2001

Reviews:
"...Endearing....Mr. Anderson presents each of these characters -- and several more -- with the fastidious care of a collector arranging prize specimens on a shelf..." - 12/14/2001 New York Times, p.E31


"...[Wilson] has a funny turn as a macho, adventure-seeking author. The film grows on you..." - 12/14/2001 USA Today, p.5E


"...Nuanced, multilayered and oftentimes most poignant when its humor is at is darkest, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is one of those rare Hollywood products that assumes a mature intelligence among its audience..." - 02/01/2002 Box Office, p.59


"...The script is rich with subtle humour and the cast deliver it with deadpan, borderline camp elan....Anderson keeps things moving with a stylish simplicity that catches every glance, sigh and gesture..." - 04/01/2002 Total Film, p.94


"...The rivalry between the three siblings is particularly well caught....The split-second connections, meanwhile, are intensely moving....The tracks here knead the emotion into your brain and become inseparable from it..." - 04/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.59-60


"...There are big laughs, quiet moments when we're touched, and then the rug gets pulled out with deadpan audacity....Funny....With unexpected emotional twists..." - 03/31/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"...TENENBAUMS is intricate, fine-stitched, embroidered with sumptuous details..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.46-7

 
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