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Bottle Rocket (1994)

Dysfunctional friends Dignan and Anthony plan and execute a robbery with their pot-growing friend, Bob.

Director:

Wes Anderson

Writers:

Owen Wilson (screenplay), Wes Anderson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Owen Wilson ... Dignan
Luke Wilson ... Anthony
Robert Musgrave ... Bob Hanson
Elissa Sommerfield Elissa Sommerfield ... Waitress at Diner
Isiah Ellis Isiah Ellis ... Man on Street
Temple Nash Temple Nash ... Temple
Briggs Branning Briggs Branning ... Man at Goffs (as Col. Briggs Branning)
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Storyline

The banality of crime. Two young men, Dignan and Anthony, walk along talking about "Starsky and Hutch." They're on their way to burglarize a house. After, they go to a café, play some pinball. They argue about the burglary and talk to their friend Bob about another scheme. They talk to a guy about buying a gun, just to intimidate. Anthony breaks into a car to steal a wallet. With Bob, they plan and stage a holdup and talk about it afterward at a burger stand: armed robbery for $183. They're pleased. The two pals race each other. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They're not criminals, but everybody's got to have a dream.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bottle Rocket See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The short film was originally set to feature established actors, but because of the low budget, the main characters were given to brothers Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson, who had never been in a movie before. See more »

Quotes

Dignan: Let's get lucky.
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Connections

References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »

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The Route
Written by Chet Baker
Performed by Chet Baker and Art Pepper
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A solid directorial short debut.
29 January 2017 | by charliebrownleeSee all my reviews

Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson's first short film and his debut as a director and writer. It was unveiled at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and was later remade into a motion picture by Wes Anderson.

I take inspiration from this short film because it's good source material. Lots of low-budget short films and movies take themselves too seriously and end up looking terrible, but films like Bottle Rocket (along with Clerks and Napoleon Dynamite on those lines) know their boundaries and limitations, and that's what makes them great.

The acting by Luke and Owen Wilson and Robert Musgrave isn't terrible and is actually pretty good. The cinematography is beautiful, even in B&W. Wes Anderson does one of the best jobs at making any film of his look colorful, even if there is no color.

I suggest this film to anyone interested in filmmaking or the history of movies. After all, one of our greatest movie directors came from this one short film.


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