The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001
- Gene Hackman
- Anjelica Huston
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Ben Stiller
- Luke Wilson
- Owen Wilson
- Bill Murray
- Danny Glover
- Alec Baldwin
- Seymour Cassel
visit the film locations
New York: Flights: JFK Airport
Stay at: the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue (tel: 212.355.3000)
United States Customs House, 1 Bowling Green at Broadway
The Royal Tenenbaums location: the Tenenbaum mansion: 339 Convent Avenue, Harlem, New York
Despite a top-drawer cast, the studied eccentricity of Wes Anderson’s over-achieving, under-functioning family feels a little contrived – but that’s just me, I’m clearly in a minority.
This off-kilter Manhattan exists in a strange parallel universe. The Tenenbaum house, at ‘111 Archer Avenue’ can be found in Harlem – it’s 339 Convent Avenue at 144th Street. The zebra wallpaper in Margot’s (Gwyneth Paltrow) room, by the way, is based on the striking patterns at Gino, 780 Lexington Avenue at East 61st Street (you can see the real restaurant in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite).
The Royal Tenenbaums location: the ‘Lindbergh Palace Hotel’, from which Royal Tenenbaum is finally evicted: Waldorf Astoria, Park Avenue, Manhattan
The ‘Lindbergh Palace Hotel’, from which Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) is finally evicted after a 22 year stay, is the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, seen also in in Woody Allen’s Hannah And Her Sisters, in Analyse This, and briefly in Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing.
The Royal Tenenbaums location: the young Tenebaums camp out in the ‘City Public Archives’: National Museum of the Native American - previously the old US Customs House, Broadway at Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan
The old United States Customs House, 1 Bowling Green at Broadway, is transformed into the ‘City Public Archives’, in which the young Tenenbaums camp out. Now housing the National Museum of the American Indian, the building is also featured in Batman Forever and Ghostbusters II.
Richie Tenenbaum’s (Luke Wilson) disastrous final tennis match was filmed on the Centre Court of the West Side Tennis Club, 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, Queens.
You can’t reserve a table at the restaurant where Royal has an edgy meeting with Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow). It’s Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Park Slope in Brooklyn, which you can see again in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club).