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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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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,118, 21 February 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$560,069
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James L. Brooks was nervous about the way Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson handled the re-write, as they never took any notes during meetings. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Pachanga Diferente
Written & Performed by Rene Touzet
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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debut full of charm from the experts in subtle comedy
1 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

While "Bottle Rocket" is certainly best categorised as comedy this might mislead those expecting the typical composition of one-liners, facetious mocking and exaggerated situational comic of mainstream Hollywood productions.

Instead the humour derives from the quirky, yet lovable characters, their perspective on life and approach in dealing with the challenges of society.

The quiet matter-of-fact absurdity present throughout the film will evoke a constant smile rather than burst-out-laughter. This is typical of all Wilson/Anderson collaborations (Rushmore, The Royal Tenebaums) where strong characterisation enables the viewer to develop understanding and affection for the protagonists as the story slowly unravels. In "Bottle Rocket" this is supported by strong performances, especially that of Owen Wilson, who proves his actor potential in an atypical role.

Though not flawless, (there is a lack of narrative urgency at times), this movie leaves the viewer ultimately entertained and charmed.


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