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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.

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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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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,040,879 (USA)
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Inez passionately unzips Anthony's fleece pullover in the hotel room but it is re-zipped in a later shot. See more »

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overlooked but quite charming
8 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This tale of three aspiring thieves has as much heart as any Wes Anderson film. As usual, Anderson presents flawed characters for whom you will feel compassion. But this comedy does not attempt to make you cry. Filled with dry humor, this script was the first of three to have been co-written by Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson. If you are in the camp that prefers Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums, you will find that this script feels more like those films than Anderson's more recent work.

Although this movie has a smaller budget than Anderson's other films, the director is able to put together a fun film. Anderson compiles one of his great soundtracks despite being unable to afford royalty-heavy songs.

Perhaps not yet confident enough to take risks, Anderson does not engage in the visual experimentation found in his other films. Although you might miss the liberal use of vivid colors found in all other Anderson films, I think the fantastic sets and props (such as the submarine or the helicopter in Life Aquatic) are best left out of this simpler, more realistic film.


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