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Bottle Rocket (1996)

Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

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Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
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Shea Fowler ...
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Bernice
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Brian Tenenbaum ...
H. Clay Murchison
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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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texas | caper | motel | escapade | robbery | See All (24) »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

(O)organiserad kriminalitet  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,118, 21 February 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$560,069
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Trivia

Every summer since 2011, there has been a party at the motel where the film was made, in Hillsboro, Texas. Initially, it was concocted by the group "Reservoir Geeks" to help save the motel from closure after the economic downturn. The event helped to stimulate interest and support for the motel, and every year since,it has been called the Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel. See more »

Goofs

After their car breaks down, the sky shifts from a mid-day appearance to sunset (or sunrise) during Dignan's confrontation with Anthony, from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Referenced in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) See more »

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Pachanga Diferente
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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Low-key hilarity.
20 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie. It makes me smile and just feel good.

It's about, primarily, a guy named Dignan, played by Owen Wilson, who has a 75 year plan of crime for himself and his friend, Anthony, played by Luke Wilson, and reaping the fruits of crime. He wants to employ such interesting things as explosives, hot-air balloons, and pole-vaulting (!) in his outlandish plans for robbing bookstores and cold-storage facilities. He's happy to fill small baggies with money stolen from a bookstore after closing and takes pride in getting "the best room in the house" and some road-side Motel-6 type motel to reward themselves for a successful heist.

If you like quirky, subtle humor, this one's for you. I give it 9/10!


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