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Focusing on a trio of friends and their elaborate plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

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Cast

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Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Ned Dowd ...
Dr. Nichols
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Bernice
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Future Man
Brian Tenenbaum ...
H. Clay Murchison
Jenni Tooley ...
Stacy Sinclair
Temple Nash ...
Temple
Dipak Pallana ...
Bookstore Employee
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Stephen Dignan ...
Rob
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Julie Mayfield ...
Wife in Motelroom
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Storyline

Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hare-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry. With the help of their pathetic neighbor and pal Bob, Anthony and Dignan pull a job and hit the road, where Anthony finds love with motel maid Inez. When our boys finally hook up with Mr. Henry, the ensuing escapade turns out to be far from what anyone expected. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@bev.net>

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They're not really criminals, but everybody's got to have a dream.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bottle Rocket  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,040,879 (USA)
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After the movie bombed at the box office, Owen Wilson seriously considered joining the Marines, convinced that acting held no future for him. See more »

Goofs

The room Dignan and the boys stay in is a non-smoking room, there is a big white sign on the door. After Dignan is beaten up and they're back in the room, Inez leaves and you see the sign on the door. Anthony leaves a second later, and the sign is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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Mambo Guajiro
Written & Performed by Rene Touzet
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
Published by Skyview Music Corp.
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The Formula Works
26 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't even compare this film to WAs other films, if I didn't do the same thing, (being that I watch them over and over sequentially after seeing them initially). That is the problem with great suspense films or "twist ending" dramas, once you get the secret, there's no point reliving the moment.

Wes Anderson has formulated a secret of knowing exactly when to have his characters move, speak, and live through his camera, that I could watch a thousand times. Bottle Rocket was an explosion of talent and ingenuity that lit the fuse with a wonderful script compilation by film newcomers, Wes and Owen.

It's the little lines like "you're the zero out in the car" that just make you stop and review what you're watching. Bottle Rocket is like watching your least favorite aunt get slapped in the face with a fish. Right?


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