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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".