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(1996)

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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.
Feature film debut of Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.
Wes Anderson established such a good working rapport with cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman that he has been the director's cameraman on every one of his subsequent films.
The film scored the worst test screening points in the history of Columbia Pictures at the time.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson completely rewrote and reshot the entire 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 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 $100 a day. Wilson tried to exchange his plane ticket for a bus ticket, hoping to pocket the cash instead.
Originally, Owen Wilson had no plans to act in the film at all.
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 13 minute B/W short film called Bottle Rocket (1994) which was first shown at the USA Film Festival in Dallas. It met with a sufficiently enthusiastic response that they took it to Sundance where it came to the attention of screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson who directed it to towards Polly Platt and James L. Brooks. It was with their intervention that the team were able to get financial backing from Columbia 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 both 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.)
Bottle Rocket (1996) never played in more than 49 theaters in the USA. Little wonder that it failed to recoup its $7 million budget.
James L. Brooks was nervous about the way Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson handled the rewrite process as they never took any notes during meetings.
Film debut of Kumar Pallana.
'Bottle Rocket' was released in Spain only with 2 copies in Madrid (Ideal) and Barcelona (Arkadín). The film was projected 7 days and only in subtitled version, and was seen by 432 viewers. Later, was edited on DVD.
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Metal band Inhale Exhale use 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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Robert Musgrave's character "Bob Mapplethorpe" is named for Robert Mapplethorpe.
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Dignan introduces himself and Bob to Inez 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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Was #7 on Martin Scorsese 's list of the Best Films of 1990s.
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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 2-disc DVD set marked the 450th release in the Criterion Collection.
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The Bluetones referenced the film heavily in their song 'Bluetones Big Score'
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The flag seen hanging in the motel basement is the flag of Colombia.
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Mr. Henry, who Dignan claims is a thief, is played by James Caan, who played the title role in Thief (1981)
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James Caan (Mr. Henry) and Tak Kubota (Rowboat) previously appeared together in The Killer Elite (1975).
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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.

Director Trademark 

Wes Anderson: [mid-shot speed change] The last scene changes from normal speed to slow-motion.
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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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The name of the prison at the end of the film is "Wasco", the same as the last name of production designer David Wasco.
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