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Bottle Rocket (1996)

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



(as Owen C. Wilson),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Shea Fowler ...
Brian Tenenbaum ...
H. Clay Murchison
Temple Nash ...
Dipak Pallana ...
Bookstore Employee
Stephen Dignan ...
Julie Mayfield ...
Wife in Motelroom


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.


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tête brûlée  »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,118, 21 February 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie never played in more than forty-nine theaters in the U.S. Little wonder that it failed to recoup its seven million dollar budget. See more »


When Future Man is inspecting Bob's job of cleaning the pool he pulls out a wet and limp leaf. Right after that Dignan picks it up and it is dry and crisp. See more »


[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Over and Done With
Written by Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (as Charles Reid)
Performed by The Proclaimers
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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14 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

A brilliant comedy, and yet cleverly subdued. This portrait of small-time criminal is made masterful by the performances of Owen C. Wilson and Luke Wilson. Owen's Dignan dreams of glory as an outlaw are almost noble. He may have his inadequacies, but at least he is determined. While Luke's Anthony lacks that kind of determination, what he has is at least a sense of his inadequacies that Dignan lacks. But, while these two are never meant for great things, they can still achieve all their dreams if they just keep them small. Dignan is content with a life of small robberies. What he maintains is great pride for that. And Anthony find happiness in love from an unlikely woman. To find romance with the woman he does is much too quirky to have ever happened in a Hollywood movie. Yet this film plays it perfectly. And so, what makes this film so unique is that it is not so self -involved and moody like most independent films can be. And while it has a bright appeal, it is more eccentric than campy like most mainstream comedies can be. This is truly a unique comedy and I get the feeling that one day, the lines of hipness will be drawn between who has seen this movie and who hasn't.

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