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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:
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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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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 (22) »

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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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Release Date:

21 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

(O)organiserad kriminalitet  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,040,879 (USA)
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Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson got Dignan's name from their good friend Stephen Dignan and repeated this trend with the name "Tenenbaum" from their other friend Brian Tenenbaum (for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)). See more »

Goofs

During the Hinckley Cold Storage robbery, Anthony gets up from sitting on some stairs. When he first gets up his jumpsuit is dirty, but when he is shown checking on the elevator it is clean again. See more »

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[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Zorro Is Back
from the film Zorro (1975)
Written by S. Duncan Smith (as Susan Duncan-Smith), Guido De Angelis & Maurizio De Angelis
Performed by Oliver Onions
Courtesy BMG Italy/BMG Entertainment
Published by C.A.M. S.r.l.
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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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