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(1996)

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DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Wes Anderson): [mid-shot speed change]: The last scene changes from normal speed to slow motion.
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After the movie bombed at the box-office, Owen Wilson seriously considered joining the Marines, convinced that acting held no future for him.
One of Martin Scorsese's top ten favorite films of the '90s.
Wes Anderson established such a good working rapport with Cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman, that he has been Anderson's cameraman on every one of his subsequent films.
Feature film debut of Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.
The film scored the worst test screening points in the history of Columbia Pictures at the time.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson completely re-wrote and re-shot the beginning of the film, when Sundance initially refused the film.
Every summer since 2011, there has been a party at the motel where the film was made, in Hillsboro, Texas. Initially, it was concocted by the group "Reservoir Geeks" to help save the motel from closure after the economic downturn. The event helped to stimulate interest and support for the motel, and every year since,it has been called the Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel.
Originally, Owen Wilson had no plans to act in the film at all.
James L. Brooks insisted that major work be done on the script, so he had Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson flown to Los Angeles and set up in an office on one hundred dollars a day. Wilson tried to exchange his plane ticket for a bus ticket, hoping to pocket the cash instead.
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)).
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson made a thirteen minute black and white short film called Bottle Rocket (1994), which was first shown at the USA Film Festival in Dallas. It met with an enthusiastic response, that they took it to Sundance, where it came to the attention of Screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, who directed it towards Polly Platt and James L. Brooks. It was with their intervention that the team were able to get financial backing from Columbia Pictures to expand their short into a feature film.
Wes Anderson first met up with his writer, co-star, and friend, Owen Wilson, when they were enrolled at the University of Texas.
According to the The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) DVD's director's commentary, Wes Anderson wanted the final scene to be set to Bob Dylan's "Billy (Main Title Theme)" from Dylan's score to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), but could not afford the rights to use it. (Anderson later used the song in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), in the scene where Royal is kicked out of the house.)
This movie never played in more than forty-nine theaters in the U.S. Little wonder that it failed to recoup its seven million dollar budget.
James L. Brooks was nervous about the way Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson handled the re-write, as they never took any notes during meetings.
DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Wes Anderson): Barely visible as a passenger on the bus near the beginning of the film, sitting right behind Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.
Was number seven on Martin Scorsese's list of the Best Films of the 1990s.
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Film debut of Kumar Pallana.
Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave) is named for Robert Mapplethorpe.
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This movie was released in Spain with only two copies in Madrid (Ideal) and Barcelona (Arkadín). The film was projected seven days, and only in a subtitled version, and was seen by 432 viewers. Later, was edited on DVD.
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The name of the prison at the end of the film is "Wasco", the same as the last name of Production Designer David Wasco, as well as the name of a small town in southern California, located on California Highway 46, between Interstate 5 and California Highway 99.
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Metal band "Inhale Exhale" used Dignan's line "Did you ever have a touch to lose?" as a song title on their 2009 album "Bury Me Alive".
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Dignan (Owen Wilson) introduces himself and Bob (Robert Musgrave) to Inez (Lumi Cavazos) in the hotel room as Jerry and Cornelius. Jerry Cornelius is a character from Michael Moorcock's books, such as "The Cure for Cancer" and "The Final Program".
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There is a black and white picture of Jacques-Yves Cousteau hanging on the wall during the party.
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The Criterion two disc DVD set marked the four hundred fiftieth release in the Criterion Collection.
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The flag seen hanging in the motel basement is the flag of Colombia.
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The Bluetones referenced the film heavily in their song "Bluetones Big Score".
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Mr. Henry, who Dignan claims is a thief, was played by James Caan, who played the title role in Thief (1981).
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James Caan (Mr. Henry) and Tak Kubota (Rowboat) appeared in The Killer Elite (1975).
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Director Trademark 

Wes Anderson: [underwater shot] Shot of one or more of the characters underwater.
Wes Anderson: [The Rolling Stones] Features "2000 Year Man".
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