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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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Short | Comedy | Crime

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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

At the beginning of the film, Dignan and Anthony talk about Starsky and Hutch (1975). Owen Wilson starred in Starsky & Hutch (2004). See more »

Quotes

Anthony: 8 dollars.
Dignan: That's not bad.
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Connections

References A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

The Route
Written by Chet Baker
Performed by Chet Baker and Art Pepper
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moves like a good little bebop number, but only hints at what would come
20 February 2009 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

At this point, I wager, Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson weren't entirely sure how their Bottle Rocket feature would turn out. As a means of getting support for it they made this short film which won over James L. Brooks at Sundance and got them a movie deal at Columbia pictures. Their plan worked... except that their short film had only the smallest of substance- heavy on style, of course, even in the grittiest possible for anything by Wes Anderson- and they spent more than a year or so writing and rewriting the feature until they got it to where it worked, brilliantly.

So, as someone who loves the 1996 Bottle Rocket, I have to say that this one was just alright. But alright in that sense that does get you excited about a couple of things. For one thing the Wilson brothers, however airy their delivery, already have an interesting rapport going on, and certain scenes are identical to how it came out in the feature such as the robbery of the house, or of the shooting of the cans with the guns (the Charlie Brown music is an especially funny and awesome touch). I also liked how they introduced the book-store into the story, how the bits and pieces of visual information were kind of "stolen" shots probably taken when no one was looking in the aisles and around the corners. It overall is something slight, but it works for a 13 minute short with a sort of abrupt ending.


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