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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)
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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The Criterion 2-disc DVD set marked the 450th release in the Criterion Collection. See more »

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In the planning scene at Bob's house, the gun keeps changing positions on the table between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Referenced in Rushmore (1998) See more »

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Performed by Love
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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Published by Trio Music Co., Inc./Grass Root Productions
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It ain't easy being a crook.
22 April 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

In the off-the-wall comedy "Bottle Rocket", Owen Wilson makes a scintillating debut as the creative force behind this tale of one man's struggle to realize his dream of becoming a crook in spite of his many shortcomings: sensitivity, compassion, empathy, and just plain niceness. Luke Wilson plays straight man to real life brother Owen in this camp, light-hearted, and easy to watch little film about the "gang who couldn't think straight". A fun watch for just about anyone into droll humorous subtleties.


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