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Bottle Rocket (1996)

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Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.


Wes Anderson


Owen Wilson (as Owen C. Wilson), Wes Anderson
4,422 ( 157)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Anthony Adams
Owen Wilson ... Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Ned Dowd ... Dr. Nichols
Shea Fowler Shea Fowler ... Grace
Haley Miller ... Bernice
Robert Musgrave ... Bob Mapplethorpe
Andrew Wilson ... Future Man
Brian Tenenbaum Brian Tenenbaum ... H. Clay Murchison
Jenni Tooley ... Stacy Sinclair
Temple Nash Temple Nash ... Temple
Dipak Pallana Dipak Pallana ... Bookstore Employee
Darryl Cox ... Bookstore Manager
Stephen Dignan ... Rob
Lumi Cavazos ... Inez
Julie Mayfield Julie Mayfield ... Wife in Motelroom


Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hare-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry. With the help of their pathetic neighbor and pal Bob, Anthony and Dignan pull a job and hit the road, where Anthony finds love with motel maid Inez. When our boys finally hook up with Mr. Henry, the ensuing escapade turns out to be far from what anyone expected. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@bev.net>

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


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Feature film debut of Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson. See more »


When "Applejack" and Dignan pick up Anthony in the Green Monte Carlo, they leave without the dog. See more »


[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Referenced in A Wes Anderson Film (2015) See more »


Over and Done With
Written by Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (as Charles Reid)
Performed by The Proclaimers
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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Interior Visions Fail
17 October 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I'm fairly cool on Anderson's later projects. But this one is pretty perfect.

I watched it with another film of this type and in a week with several others. Possibly the only way to make these things work is to find a new chink, a new layer between goofiness and endearing reality to invent. I say invent rather than depict because its all about where we place ourselves; if we can place ourselves new, that's usually enough to be effective, to connect.

A large part of why this works is because it works toward an end that fails. Many movies are not about what we experience but what we remember, and the deal with this one is that we are left with someone who topples from any workable awareness. It reinvents that place where we are balanced throughout the movie. Even knowing the later films, I never wondered that this would end badly because the tone follows such a well established path, that one I've noted elsewhere. As with "Legally Blond," there's a notion that earnestness will overcome inadequacies in all other life skills.

One of the political parties in the US has appropriated this, so in a way this can be considered as a political movie.

That last look is what this is all about, just as that first look of Jack Nicholson's in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

I came to this in part because of Owen's suicide attempt: it adds context that matters.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bottle Rocket See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,118, 25 February 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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