The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Touchstone Movie)

“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” is a comedy-drama film released in 2004, directed by Wes Anderson. The movie stars Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, a famous but eccentric oceanographer and documentary filmmaker. The film also features an ensemble cast, including Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, and others.

The story follows Steve Zissou, who is on a mission to seek revenge on a mythical jaguar shark that killed his longtime friend and fellow oceanographer, Esteban du Plantier. To fund his expedition, Zissou collaborates with a wealthy man (played by Jeff Goldblum) and is joined by a diverse crew, including his estranged son Ned (played by Owen Wilson) and a pregnant journalist named Jane Winslett-Richardson (played by Cate Blanchett).

As the group embarks on their underwater adventure, they face numerous challenges, quirky encounters, and personal revelations. Throughout the film, Wes Anderson’s signature visual style, deadpan humor, and eclectic soundtrack are prominent features.

“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” is celebrated for its whimsical and imaginative storytelling, as well as the memorable performances by the ensemble cast. Bill Murray’s portrayal of Steve Zissou earned critical praise for his ability to seamlessly blend humor and vulnerability in his character.

The film received mixed reviews upon its release but has since gained a dedicated cult following. It has become a touchstone for fans of Wes Anderson’s unique filmmaking style and his ability to create visually stunning and emotionally resonant films that defy conventional storytelling.

“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” offers a quirky and charming exploration of themes such as family, friendship, and the search for purpose and meaning in life, making it a beloved choice for those seeking an offbeat and entertaining cinematic experience.

Additional Details


  • Bill Murray: Steve Zissou
  • Owen Wilson: Edward “Ned” Plimpton/Kingsley Zissou
  • Cate Blanchett: Jane Winslett-Richardson
  • Anjelica Huston: Eleanor Zissou
  • Willem Dafoe: Klaus Daimler
  • Jeff Goldblum: Alistair Hennessey
  • Michael Gambon: Oseary Drakoulias
  • Bud Cort: Bill Ubell, “Bond Company Stooge”
  • Noah Taylor: Vladimir Wolodarsky
  • 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: Nico, Intern #1
  • Antonio Monda: himself
  • Isabella Blow: Antonia Cook
  • Seymour Cassel: Esteban du Plantier


  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Producers: Wes Anderson, Barry mendel and Scott Rudin
  • Writers: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach

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