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Bottle Rocket (1993)

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.

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Crime | Drama

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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: [Opening lines] Where's Huggy Bear?
Anthony: Dignan, he's not there, Huggy Bear is not in every single episode.
Dignan: Wait a second, running to different payphones? What the hell is that all about?
Anthony: That's what I'm trying to explain to you.
Dignan: See sometimes, Anthony, you can have a dream of an episode, and then you think that it actually happened.
Anthony: No, Dignan it's a real episode. The killer's leading them across the city by calling different payphones.
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Connections

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Jane-O
Written by Zoot Sims Quartet
Performed by Zoot Sims
Courtesy of Prestige Music
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The beginning of Anderson & Wilson
6 March 2007 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'Bottle Rocket' is the first project written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, starring Owen and his brother Luke. This short, shown at Sundance, made sure they got to make the feature film 'Bottle Rocket' (1996). Of course they came with 'Rushmore', 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' next.

This short, shot in black and white, is sort of the same as the first fifteen minutes of the feature film version. It shows three friends named Dignan (Owen Wilson), Anthony (Luke) and Bob (Robert Musgrave) preparing for a heist, not much more. Before the real deal they practice once, buy guns, and then it's show time.

The dialogue and natural acting makes this an above average short film. The writing is pretty clever and most moments will make you smile. Most of the time it is quite exciting to see one of those "first films" from established directors; 'Bottle Rocket' is no exception.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1994 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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