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Writers (WGA):
Owen Wilson (written by) &
Wes Anderson (written by)
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Release Date:
21 February 1996 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Luke Wilson ... Anthony Adams

Owen Wilson ... Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Ned Dowd ... Dr. Nichols
Shea Fowler ... Grace

Haley Miller ... Bernice

Robert Musgrave ... Bob Mapplethorpe

Andrew Wilson ... Future Man
Brian Tenenbaum ... H. Clay Murchison

Jenni Tooley ... Stacy Sinclair
Temple Nash ... Temple
Dipak Pallana ... Bookstore Employee

Darryl Cox ... Bookstore Manager
Stephen Dignan ... Rob

Lumi Cavazos ... Inez
Julie Mayfield ... Wife in Motelroom
Don Phillips Jr. ... Husband in Motelroom
Anna Cifuentes ... Carmen
Donny Caicedo ... Rocky

Melinda Renna ... Anita
Richard Reyes ... Man in Bar

Julio Cedillo ... Man Outside Bar
Teddy Wilson ... Hector Mapplethorpe
Jim Ponds ... Applejack

James Caan ... Mr. Henry
Tak Kubota ... Rowboat (as Takayuki Kubota)

Kumar Pallana ... Kumar
Haskell Craver ... Jackson (as Haskel Craver)
Jill Parker-Jones ... Motel Manager
Nena Smarz ... Maid
Héctor García ... Freezer Guy (as Hector Garcia)
Daniel R. Padgett ... Freezer Guy

Russell Towery ... Cop
Ben Loggins ... Cop
Linn Mullin ... Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Antonia Bogdanovich ... Girl at Psych Hospital (uncredited)

Dan Burkarth ... Country Club Golfer with Mr. Henry (uncredited)
Lisa Cangelosi ... (uncredited)

Frank Crim ... Phil (uncredited)
Christopher Dillard ... St. Mark Student (uncredited)

Jordan Elliott ... Little Girl (uncredited)

Gene Gallerano ... St. Mark's Student (uncredited)

Leslie Mann ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)

Richard Phillips ... Inmate (uncredited)
Raymond Rivera ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Lisa Rotondi ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)
Amanda Welles ... Bob's Date (uncredited)
Angus G. Wynne III ... Podra - Fool Clipping Hedge (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Anderson 
Writing credits
Owen Wilson (written by) (as Owen C. Wilson) &
Wes Anderson (written by)

Produced by
Barbara Boyle .... executive producer
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
L.M. Kit Carson .... co-producer
Cynthia Hargrave .... producer
Michael Lang .... associate producer
Polly Platt .... producer
Richard Sakai .... executive producer
Michael Taylor .... executive producer
Andrew Wilson .... associate producer
Ray Zimmerman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography) (as Robert Yeoman)
Film Editing by
David Moritz 
Casting by
Liz Keigley 
Production Design by
David Wasco 
Art Direction by
Jerry Fleming  (as Jerry N. Fleming)
Set Decoration by
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco 
Costume Design by
Karen Patch 
Makeup Department
Manny Sarris Jr. .... makeup artist
Nena Smarz .... hair designer
Nena Smarz .... makeup designer
Production Management
Ray Zimmerman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Flowers .... second second assistant director
Jim Goldthwait .... first assistant director
Heather Kritzer .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Alcorn .... assistant property master (as Sarah Brooks Alcorn)
James L. Avery Jr. .... assistant set dresser (as James Avery)
Bill Cancienne .... property master
McPherson O. Downs .... key set dresser (as McPherson O'Reilly Downs)
Ross Dreyer .... leadman (as Ross Dryer)
Gretchen Goetz .... assistant set decorator
Austin Gorg .... art department production assistant
Holly Harton .... art department production assistant
Eric Henshaw .... assistant set dresser
Christian Kastner .... assistant set dresser
Steven King .... art department production assistant (as Stephen King)
Roy Metcalf .... construction coordinator
Robert H. Winn .... lead scenic painter
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... foley editor
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Robert Appere .... re-recording mixer
Allan Bromberg .... foley editor
Stacy Brownrigg .... production sound mixer
John Chalfant .... sound effects editor (as John Chalfont)
Harry Cheney .... dialogue editor (as Harry M. Cheney)
David M. Cowan .... dialogue editor
Carlos Delarios .... re-recording mixer (as Carlos de Larios)
Ali Derakhshan .... assistant sound editor
Thom Dunaway .... boom operator
Jeremy J. Gordon .... supervising sound editor (as Jeremy Gordon)
Roxanne Jones .... supervising sound editor
Devin Joseph .... dialogue editor
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (as Mark A. Lanza)
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Carmine Rubino .... foley mixer
John Sisti .... adr editor
R. Russell Smith .... re-recording mixer
Eddie Sykes .... sound utility
Rich Tavtigian .... sound effects editor
Steven Ticknor .... sound effects editor
Scott A. Tinsley .... foley supervisor (as Scot Tinsley)
Greg Farrell .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Howard London .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Margaret Johnson .... special effects supervisor
Randy E. Moore .... special effects
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Beasley .... second grip (as Stephen F. Beasley)
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Michael Dunson .... dolly grip
Curtis Failor .... assistant chief lighting technician
Sheridan Farrell .... film loader
Rocky Ford .... grip
Phill Fulton .... key grip
Paul Janossy .... second assistant camera
Chris Morley .... chief lighting technician (as Christopher Morley)
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
John Nuler .... Steadicam operator
R. Michael Stringer .... dolly grip: second unit
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Sean Patrick Crowell .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Bill Pecchi .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
Matthew Summer .... lighting technician (uncredited)
David Wexler .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Juel Bestrop .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tere Duncan .... wardrobe assistant (as Teresa Duncan)
Cathie Filian .... costumer (as Catherine Bush Cain)
Heather Mosher .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Terry Hubbard .... assistant film editor
Daniel R. Padgett .... first assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Holly Sachi .... assistant film editor (as Holly-Sachi)
Joe Gawler .... video colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Charles C. Chambers .... location manager
John DeWees .... assistant location manager
Anthony Miller .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Kim Naves .... music editor
Bruce Young Berman .... musician: guitar solos (uncredited)
Stephen Lotwis .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joe D. Anderson .... transportation captain
Danny Carpenter .... transportation coordinator
'Dirty White Boy' Jeff Hess .... picture car mechanic
Todd Painter .... driver (uncredited)
Doug Stewart .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Melissa Anderson .... production assistant
Josh Einsohn .... production assistant
James C. Flores .... assistant production coordinator
James Grayford .... craft service
Greg Jackson .... production assistant
Melissa Jones .... production secretary
Maria Kavanaugh .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Anthony E. Kountz .... production assistant
Shauna L. Kroen .... production accountant
Lisa Matsukawa .... production coordinator
Todd McCord .... production assistant
Katherine Miller .... assistant: Mr. Caan
Felicia Nalivansky-Caplan .... assistant: Mr. Sakai (as Felicia Nalivansky)
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Michael Arlen Ross .... assistant: Mr. Anderson (as Michael Ross)
Michael K. Ross .... assistant: Mr. Anderson (as Michael Ross)
Jeffrey Shepherd .... production assistant
George L. Tarrant Jr. .... production assistant
Kelly Wade .... assistant: Ms. Platt
Sandra L. Yeary .... assistant accountant
Homer Jon Young .... assistant: Ms. Platt
Isabelle Young .... assistant: Mr. Anderson
John Martin Davis .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Dean Reading .... production assistant (uncredited)
Juel Bestrop .... special thanks
Barry Braverman .... special thanks
Bert Guthrie .... special thanks
Paula Herold .... special thanks
John Roman .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language
91 min | Argentina:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson completely rewrote and reshot the entire beginning of the film when Sundance initially refused the film.See more »
Plot holes: When "Applejack" and Dignan pick up Anthony in the Green Monte Carlo, they leave without the dog.See more »
[first lines]
Anthony:Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
debut full of charm from the experts in subtle comedy, 1 January 2005
Author: Erasmus John Talbot from Torquay, England

While "Bottle Rocket" is certainly best categorised as comedy this might mislead those expecting the typical composition of one-liners, facetious mocking and exaggerated situational comic of mainstream Hollywood productions.

Instead the humour derives from the quirky, yet lovable characters, their perspective on life and approach in dealing with the challenges of society.

The quiet matter-of-fact absurdity present throughout the film will evoke a constant smile rather than burst-out-laughter. This is typical of all Wilson/Anderson collaborations (Rushmore, The Royal Tenebaums) where strong characterisation enables the viewer to develop understanding and affection for the protagonists as the story slowly unravels. In "Bottle Rocket" this is supported by strong performances, especially that of Owen Wilson, who proves his actor potential in an atypical role.

Though not flawless, (there is a lack of narrative urgency at times), this movie leaves the viewer ultimately entertained and charmed.

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