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Bottle Rocket (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  21 February 1996 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Ned Dowd ...
Dr. Nichols
Shea Fowler ...
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Bernice
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Future Man
Brian Tenenbaum ...
H. Clay Murchison
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Stacy Sinclair
Temple Nash ...
Temple
Dipak Pallana ...
Bookstore Employee
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Bookstore Manager
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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

(O)organiserad kriminalitet  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,040,879 (USA)
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Trivia

Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson made a 13 minute B/W short film called Bottle Rocket (1994) which was first shown at the USA Film Festival in Dallas. It met with a sufficiently enthusiastic response that they took it to Sundance where it came to the attention of screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson who directed it to towards Polly Platt and James L. Brooks. It was with their intervention that the team were able to get financial backing from Columbia to expand their short into a feature film. See more »

Goofs

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[first lines]
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"He's out. And you're out too. And I'm not sure I'm in either..."
21 May 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

This movie is a true gem.

The Brothers Wilson have created a timeless masterpiece of friendship, loyalty and vision. Nevermind that their vision might not be what you'd do. The redeeming values Dignan and Anthony and Bob display far outweigh their faults.

I taped this movie off of IFC years ago, and it's been watched to death... almost literally (it's getting kinda worn... I should find a *new* copy). Anyone I've ever shown this movie to loved it.

James Caan gives his best performance since 'Misery', only this time it's funny.

Watch for the scene where: Bob's driving, they just left Anthony's sister's school (when he returned his mom's earrings)... Bob is going on about his miserable life, and if you watch Anthony in the rear seat, suddenly he straightens up in his seat and says "...ahh that was a stop sign..."

Very Very Very VEWWY good movie.


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