Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket

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Director: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Robert Musgrave

Cast: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Robert Musgrave

     
 

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A bright, optimistic caper comedy from first-time director Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket focuses on a group of young Texans aspiring to become master thieves. Their leader is Dignan (Owen C. Wilson, who also co-wrote the screenplay), an upbeat if naive charmer who convinces his friends Anthony (Wilson's brother Luke Wilson) and Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave)

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A bright, optimistic caper comedy from first-time director Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket focuses on a group of young Texans aspiring to become master thieves. Their leader is Dignan (Owen C. Wilson, who also co-wrote the screenplay), an upbeat if naive charmer who convinces his friends Anthony (Wilson's brother Luke Wilson) and Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave) to enter the crime business. After their first heist, a bizarrely-executed robbery of a local bookstore, the trio goes on the lam, taking up residence in a border hotel where Anthony falls in love with a maid played by Lumi Cavazos. When the three buddies decide that they need to return to the real world, they hook up with a master con-man (James Caan) who sends them on a daring -- if ill-concieved -- mission.

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Bottle Rocket, the first film by Rushmore director Wes Anderson, introduced not only a bright new directing talent in the quirky mold of the Coen brothers, but also the offbeat brother acting team of Luke and Owen Wilson, the latter of whom shares the film's screenwriting credit. Luke's laconic charm and Owen's peculiar chattiness -- yin and yang attributes in siblings -- have since served them well in a slew of increasingly mainstream movies, but never have they been more sweetly on display than in this comedy of misguided would-be outlaws in small-town Texas. The naivete of Owen Wilson's Dignan, who drags his friends along for a couple of silly robbery attempts, is heartwarming in its sincerity. Rarely has wanting to rise above a humdrum life to achieve wealth and allure been so poignant and hilarious. Take special note of the gut-busting scenes with Kumar Pallana as an absurd little man who's brought aboard as a safecracker without ever really understanding what's expected of him. Anderson's weightless touch ensures that even the recent breakdown of Luke Wilson's Anthony -- which he discusses in a scene with his young stepsister that is notable for its frankness and lack of condescension -- feels like the comfortable details of an acceptably imperfect world where everything will be okay. Martin Scorsese placed Bottle Rocket on his list of the ten best films of the 1990s, which gives some indication of the respect accorded to this little-seen film.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
UPC:
0715515030724
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
20,599

Special Features

Disc 1: ; New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and cinematographer Robert Yeoman, with Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Audio commentary featuring Anderson and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson; ; Disc 2:; The Making of "Bottle Rocket," an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, producer James L. Brooks, actors James Caan and Luke and Owen Wilson, and others; The original thirteen minute black and white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992; Eleven deleted scenes; Anamorphic test, storyboards, location photos; Behind the scenes photographs by Laura Wilson; The Shafrazi Lectures, No. 1: Bottle Rocket; Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braveman; Plus: A booklet featuring an appreciation by director Martin Scorsese and an essay by Brooks; Original artwork by Ian Dingman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson Dignan
Luke Wilson Anthony Adams
Robert Musgrave Bob Mapplethorpe
Lumi Cavazos Inez
James Caan Mr. Henry
Andrew Wilson Future Man
Jim Ponds Applejack
Ned Dowd Dr. Nichols
Kumar Pallana Kumar

Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director,Screenwriter
Barbara Boyle Executive Producer
James L. Brooks Executive Producer
Stacy Brownrigg Sound/Sound Designer
L.M. Kit Carson Co-producer
Jerry Fleming Art Director
Jim Goldthwait Asst. Director
Cynthia Hargrave Producer
Liz Keigley Casting
Michael Lang Associate Producer
David Moritz Editor
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Polly Platt Producer
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Set Decoration/Design
Richard Sakai Executive Producer
Michael Taylor Executive Producer
David Wasco Production Designer
Owen Wilson Screenwriter
Andrew Wilson Associate Producer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
Ray Zimmerman Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bottle Rocket - Feature Film
1. 75-Year Plan [7:24]
2. Bob Mapplethorpe, Potential Getaway Driver [6:25]
3. Bookstore Robbery [5:52]
4. On the Run From Johnny Law [6:12]
5. Motel [9:46]
6. "He Stole His Car!" [7:47]
7. Rocky's Scene [4:44]
8. Pointless Act [:29]
9. Applejack, a Good Man [5:17]
10. The Lawn Wranglers [6:03]
11. Mr. Henry's Party [7:48]
12. Hinckley Cold Storage Robbery [4:45]
13. 2000 Man [7:06]
14. Christmas at State Penitentiary [2:49]
15. End Credits [5:18]
16. Color Bars [3:37]

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Bottle Rocket 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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This movie slipped by most people, but it is a must see for anyone who enjoys off beat comedy with a little romance. It is a great movie that will make you empathize with its characters. You will find yourself cheering for them to get away with the crime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, hands down, a great, great movie. Owen Wilson has never been better. Luke Wilson is great as Owen's straight-man. This is truly Wes Anderson's masterpiece. The scene with Luke Wilson and his little sister when he first gets out of the loony-bin and meets her at her school is priceless. This was not as well recieved as Anderson's next effort, "Rushmore", and it doesn't pack the punch of the tour-de-force "The Royal Tenenbaums", but has a charm and subtlety that is beyond words.
DavidWhite More than 1 year ago
Wes Anderson's first film. Definitely not his best, but worth watching for the debuts of the two Wilson brothers and the dynamic Wes Anderson's direction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie with great characters. It is very funny, but only if you have a wierd and offbeat sense of humor. I recomend it to everyone who wants to laugh out loud. It will most definetly become one of your favorite all time movies. Have fun with it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first film from Wes Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson nicely illustrates where these two now much sought after writers came from. I find that Anderson's films work within a world of themselves, each one of them creating an imaginary world where fables and dreams take off with subtle speed, always making us think about ourselves and where we have both come from and are going. Bottle Rocket shows the simplicity of the director and his co-writer, but this simplicity is a good thing. It is more of a gentleness seen in the dialogue (listen for Wilson's off camera lines; they are the best). The two partners build on this gentleness in their sophomore effort, RUSHMORE, a classic in itself. Both movies make you feel the most human of emotions, from self-grandeur, utter sadness, to happiness and inner-peace. With the Royal Tenenbaums now out, Anderson is being compared to many greats, but do not get lost in this. He is his own man, never trying to be Capra or Salinger. He is simply showing us the everyday hope that he feels in his own world, and he does a marvelous job translating this hope for us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a film which should be a cult favorite for anyone with an off-beat sense of humor. Any Production company worth it's salt should buy the rights and have a series of films starring Dignan (Owen Wilson). That character has so much potential and is by far one of the funniest on-screen characters I have ever seen.
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