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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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Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Ned Dowd ...
Dr. Nichols
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Bernice
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Future Man
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H. Clay Murchison
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Stacy Sinclair
Temple Nash ...
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Dipak Pallana ...
Bookstore Employee
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Rob
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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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21 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

(O)organiserad kriminalitet  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,040,879 (USA)
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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 »

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When Bob Maplethorpe and Dignan come back to the motel room to find a party in progress, one of the maids who is sitting on the bed with Rocky and Inez is wearing a party hat that disappears and reappears between shots without her taking it off. See more »

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Bottle Rocket, good launch pad for ANDERSON.
24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first and weakest of Wes Anderson's films, Bottle Rocket, is by no means a weak film. Co-written by then credited Owen C. Wilson, the screenplay is very intelligent and shows how the screen writing duo (Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson) has evolved. Starring the Wilson brothers, Owen and Luke Wilson, this small-budget comedy has what most large budget comedies lack, a perfect mix of drama and comedy. The film, about two friends that both were patients at a mental ward, portrays how innocent fun can sometimes hurt people. Rocket never becomes over-dramatic or slapstick in its comedy. It is clear that Anderson was experimenting with his style, and would not perfect it until his next film, Rushmore. The characters are clearly dysfunctional and like to take unnecessary risks at their own expense to make the script move along. This is not a fault in the script, but a blessing as this keeps the comedy and serious moments perfectly balanced. The cinematography is sometimes amateur with its unnecessary close-ups and wide angle panning. The soundtrack, done by Mark Mothersbaugh is excellent and just proves why he has worked an all of the subsequent films with Anderson. It seems Anderson and Wilson have an enormous talent when writing dialog for unusual, anomalous characters. This film is a testament to the fact that a good script, and a working knowledge of film work can create an original and enjoyable film.


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