Bottle Rocket

February 21st, 1996


Bottle Rocket

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Focusing on a trio of friends and their elaborate plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 7.1/10 (27,035 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd

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.

Writers: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson

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

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

Release Date: 21 February 1996

Filming Locations: Dallas, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $124,118 (USA) (21 February 1996) (28 Screens)

Gross: $1,040,879 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

James L. Brooks was nervous about the way Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson handled the rewrite process as they never took any notes during meetings.

Miscellaneous: When "Applejack" and Dignan pick up Anthony in the Green Monte Carlo, they leave without the dog.

Bob to Dignan & Anthony: Can I get you guys something to drink?
Dignan: Uh yeah, I'll have a Tom Collins.

User Review

I normally hate Owen Wilson...

Rating: 10/10

In anything. But man was he great in this movie. I mean it was such a good performance. This movie is director Wes Anderson's (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic) feature directorial debut. It's about a group of misfit friends that decide to take up a life of crime. The group includes Anthony (Luke Wilson) just got out of the nut house and is searching for himself. Dignan (Owen Wilson, co-wrote the movie with Anderson) is the confident but bumbling ringleader who wants to be notorious but doesn't know how to execute a plan to save his life. And Bob (Robert Musgrave) the driver/look out who just wants a little recognition. The movie follows their misadventures of them robbing a bookstore, going on the lamb, Anthony falling in love with a Motel maid who instills joy back in his life, and Dignan's 'big score' that involves his former employer. The subtle humor and deliveries by the actors make the movie stand out in it's own little version comedy. The characters are losers, but lovable. You can't help but cheer them on even though what they do is illegal. I highly recommend this cool little film. It's an excellent introduction into the wonderful films of Wes Anderson.

RATING: **** out of ****


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