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Three friends 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
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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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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21 February 1996 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,040,879 (USA)
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According to the The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) DVD's director's commentary, Wes Anderson wanted the final scene to be set to Bob Dylan's "Billy (Main Title Theme)" from Dylan's score to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), but could not afford the rights to use it. (Anderson later used the song in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) in the scene where Royal is kicked out of the house.) See more »

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Inez passionately unzips Anthony's fleece pullover in the hotel room but it is re-zipped in a later shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Mambo Guajiro
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Light-hearted but Lame Comedy
1 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

In this debut feature of the writing team of Anderson and Owen Wilson, friends go on a crime spree. This started as a short and it does feel like too little material stretched too thin. Many good comedies are quirky. Quirky can be good. Quirky can be funny. Quirky doesn't work if it has to work by itself. It's obvious from the situations and the characters that this is meant to be a comedy, but there's hardly a chuckle to be had here. It's quirk without humor. At least the actors are trying hard. Whatever his failings as a writer, Owen Wilson brings a lot of energy to his role, and brother Luke is likable here, but it's not enough. It's light-hearted, but it's also lame.


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