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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.

Director:

Wes Anderson

Writers:

Owen Wilson (as Owen C. Wilson), Wes Anderson
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 it has been called the Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel. See more »

Goofs

After their car breaks down, the sky shifts from a mid-day appearance to sunset (or sunrise) during Dignan's confrontation with Anthony, from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Connections

Referenced in Ugly Betty: In or Out (2007) See more »

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Written by Arthur Lee
Performed by Love
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Trio Music Co., Inc./Grass Root Productions
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A new favourite for me
7 January 2012 | by davidgkimberleySee all my reviews

I find it really hard to explain to people why I think Wes Anderson movies are so great. There's an air about them that's so wonderful and I always feel really great after I've watched them. When I tried to explain my friend said, "a bit like the Big Lebowski?" and I think that's the closest you can come to describing Bottle Rocket and Wes Anderson movies as a whole they're that sort of brand of movie.

Bottle Rocket is the story of three guys who live in the suburbs who are trying to become criminals and not making a very good job of it. The film starts with Anthony (Luke Wilson) coming out of a voluntary rehab type place and instantly joining his friend Dignan in his very poor attempts to become some sort of criminal. They are joined by their friend Bob, because he has a car, and start by robbing a library. The film really emerges from that moment and takes you on this up beat, weird (but wonderful) adventure.

Owen and Luke Wilson are really good together, with Owen Wilson probably stealing the show as the completely useless but very endearing Dignan. Bob, played by Robert Musgrave, is also excellent in his role as the lovable loser. The soundtrack is perfect, everything comes and goes at exactly the right moment.

This was probably one of the funniest films i've seen in a while too. If you like the Big Lebowski you will love this film (my favourite is probably "Anthony wake up, Bob's stolen his car"). It also feels a lot longer than it is and whilst that's usually bad, in this case it was fantastic. At 30 minutes I looked to see how long I'd been watching it for and was amazed at how engrossed I was but also how much happens but yet the film manages to feel really slow and relaxed.

Though I've said Dignan was endearing I guess the movie as a whole is endearing, its such a lovely film, I really don't see how you couldn't like it. Some how this just misses out on being a real classic on a level with Big Lebowski, maybe its because not as many people have seen it or something, either way its definitely in my top ten or top five or something. A must see, go and watch it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,118, 25 February 1996

Gross USA:

$560,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$560,069
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Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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