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Bottle Rocket (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  21 February 1996 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Ned Dowd ...
Dr. Nichols
Shea Fowler ...
Future Man
Brian Tenenbaum ...
H. Clay Murchison
Stacy Sinclair
Temple Nash ...
Dipak Pallana ...
Bookstore Employee
Bookstore Manager
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:

(O)organiserad kriminalitet  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$1,040,879 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Low-key hilarity.
20 March 2003 | by (Sweet Home Chicago) – 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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