Anime / Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
aka: Cowboy Bebop The Movie
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Cowboy Bebop: Knockin on Heaven's Door (Simply The Movie outside of Japan) is a movie based off the popular anime of the same name. It serves as a Interquel to the show, taking place chronologically between episodes 22 and 23 of the series.

The movie sees the Bebop crew going about their business as usual when a bomb goes off in a city on Mars. The culprit is found to known as Vincent Volaju and a major bounty is put up for his capture. Naturally, the crew all jump at the chance to catch him and claim the reward. But soon find out there's much more to the case than they bargain for and the fate of all of Mars ends up at stake.

Released in Japan in 2001. The dub of the film was released in theaters for a limited run in 2003 before going to DVD.

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin on Heaven's Door provides examples of:

  • Action Prologue: The movie begins on an unrelated bit with Spike and Jet humorously trying to catch some low-level thugs at a convenience store.
  • All Hallows' Eve: The whole movie takes place around Halloween.
  • All Just a Dream/Or Was It: Played with that the film may or may not be just a dream (it starts with Spike falling asleep and ends with him waking up).
  • Anachronism Stew: There are several scenes that, if seen out of context, could be seen as taking place on present day Earth rather than Mars in the future.
  • The Atoner: Vincent ultimately allows himself to be killed when he regains his memories, both to make up for his actions and to apologize to his lover, Elektra.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Pushing the Sky, which plays in the final battle with Vincent in The Movie.
  • Battle in the Rain: Spike and Vincent's final battle takes place in one.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: Moroccan Street.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Vincent Volaju. He used to be clean shaven and have short hair, judging by the picture taken when he was still in the military. However after the events that lead to his Sanity Slippage he grew a beard and apparently stopped cutting, or even combing, his hair.
  • Big Bad: Vincent, both the threat and main bounty head in this film who threatens to kill all of Mars with his virus.
  • Bland-Name Product: Averted, there's a canopy over a shop entrance that clearly has Coca Cola on it.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: An effect of the nanomachine virus, forms itself as lights of orange butterflies before death.
  • The Cameo: You can see Cowboy (or Samurai in this case) Andy during the parade scene.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Oddly one from the series. Remember that poker chip from "Honky Tonk Women"? In the movie, Electra breaks one in half to scramble up Spike's tracking device. It seems they can be used for all manner of electronic purposes.
  • Chickification: Faye gets a bad case of this in the movie, not being able catch some pudgy hacker, and spending a fair chunk held hostage by Vincent.
  • Climactic Elevator Ride: Before the final battle with Vincent.
  • Dub Name Change: Was called "The Movie" in the U.S due to the fact that they couldn't get the rights to use the name from the Bob Dylan estate.
  • Feel No Pain: Apparently a side effect of the nanomachine virus when Vincent was experimented on. Dude gets beaten up and shot a few times, yet barely seems to register the pain.
  • For the Evulz: Vincent's motive isn't really clear. The man just does what he does because he feels like he's in a dream he can't wake up from.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Spike suffers one before his final fight with Vincent due to getting shot point blank in an earlier fight with him.
  • Government Conspiracy: The Cherious Medical Pharmaceutical Company main reason for wanting Vincent as he was their test subject on pathogen warfare but the process made him insane as a result and they don't want the truth of such or knowledge of their weapon leaking to the public.
  • Grand Finale: Not of the series per se, but the movie is basically the last big adventure the whole Bebop crew would have together.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The Bebop crew manage to prevent Vincent's virus from spreading and save the city on Mars. But naturally no one will know of this (or were even aware of the danger they were in at the Halloween party) and of course, they get no reward for their trouble save for staying alive another day.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: One of the few times that Spike is very obviously outclassed in personal combat here. He does a little better in the last battle with Vincent but then the virus starts to kick in.
  • Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: While Ed is looking for Lee, comes across a cross dresser who has stubble and a bit too muscled to pull it off.
  • Interservice Rivalry: The ISSP and the Army gets into a squabble over who gets to stop what they think is Vincent's plan to spread The Plague through the water supply (turns out it is a distraction for the actual plan though).
  • Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: Spike does this in the middle of the movie to infiltrate Cherious Medical Pharmaceutical Comapany. He doesn't get far before Elektra finds him out.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: When Spike is intercepted by a wing of military fighters, they start the fight off by launching a simple pair of missiles at him. When they get close, however, they split into about a dozen rockets each.
  • Magic Skirt: In the movie, Faye's halter top is cut in the middle while she is tied up. It opens up a bit, but does not fully expose her, and stays in place when she is wriggling around trying to free herself. Maybe she was wearing costume tape. note 
  • The Movie: Shinichiro Watanabe confirmed that the movie takes place between episodes 22 and 23. Can also be inferred as Andy appears as Musashi during the Halloween party, thus episode 22 has occurred. However, Big Shot has not yet been cancelled, so episode 23 has yet to occur.
  • Only a Lighter: The movie features a lighter shaped like a grenade at one point.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away:
    • One of the robbers attempts this with Spike at the start of the movie. Naturally, it doesn't work.
    • Elektra tries to with Vincent when he has Spike pinned at and at gunpoint. It fails and Spike is nearly killed.
  • Suicide by Cop: In the end, Vincent regains his memory at the last moment and lets Electra kill him to atone for his actions.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Vincent is a pretty obvious stand-in for Vicious both being Evil Counterpart to Spike, while Elektra relationship with Vincent is similar to Julia's relationship with Spike (past lovers who still care about each other) she's a trained soldier while Julia is not.
  • Titled After the Song: As with most of the titles in the show, however this is the only one that wasn't allowed in the English version due to not being able to get the rights.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Two people help in Vincent's plans throughout the film. Neither lives to see the end of it.
    Vincent: When the game's over, there is only one left

Alternative Title(s): Cowboy Bebop The Movie