The Royal Tenenbaums

Monday, November 18
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1hr 50mins // directed by:Wes Anderson // featuring:Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwenyth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover // 35mm

Meet the Tenenbaums:

  • Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) – A shamelessly insensitive lawyer and a failure as a father. He intentionally shot his son Chas with a BB gun, and consistently and irrelevantly feels he must point out that Margot is his "adopted daughter." He often took only Richie to dogfights while excluding Chas and Margot.

  • Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston) – A noted archaeologist and author, and the mother of the Tenenbaum children, who "makes their education her top priority." Later on, Ethel finds love with Henry Sherman, her accountant, the complete opposite of her estranged husband Royal.

  • Chas Tenenbaum (Ben Stiller) – A genius in international finance, Chas sued his father twice and had him disbarred because of the bonds his father stole from his safe deposit box when he was fourteen. His wife, Rachael Evans Tenenbaum, died in a plane crash and he has since become obsessed with the safety of his sons, Ari and Uzi. They have a beagle named Buckley.

  • Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow) – A playwright and adopted daughter, Margot once ran away from home for two weeks to meet her birth family and came back with half of one of her fingers missing.

  • Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson) – A tennis prodigy, Richie is secretly in love with Margot. He ends his successful tennis career with a nervous breakdown on court in front of thousands of fans. 

  • Eli Cash (Owen Wilson) – A "friend of the family" since the children were very young, considered Richie's best friend, Eli has "always wanted to be a Tenenbaum." He gained success as an author of Western novels; his latest work presupposes the outcome if George Armstrong Custer had not died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Eli has been having an affair with Margot and has a drug problem.

  • Henry Sherman (Danny Glover) – Ethel's accountant and romantic interest.

  • Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray) – Husband of Margot and a famous neurologist in his own right. He is constantly accompanied by his adolescent test subject Dudley Heinsbergen.

  • Pagoda (Kumar Pallana) – Friend and servant to the family. He also acts as an informant for Royal to update him on his family. They met after Pagoda, an assassin in Kolkata, stabbed Royal. However, he subsequently earned his trust by carrying Royal on his back to the hospital.

  • Dusty (Seymour Cassel) - Elevator operat