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Bottle Rocket (Criterion) (1996)

Cast: Owen Wilson, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, more...
Director: Wes Anderson, Wes Anderson
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Independent, Black Comedy, Coming of Age , Crime, Capers, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Imperfectly quirky and enjoyable by maritoni June 25, 2003 - 1:01 PM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
It's great to see Wes Anderson's early piece to appreciate the evolution of his directorial hand. BOTTLE ROCKET is a valiant first feature with likeable characters played by expert quirksters Luke and Owen Wilson and Robert Musgrave.

The story follows the uneasy friendship of the trio as they muddle through crimes that in the end seem pointless. But that's not the point. The point is seeing these relationships unfold and discovering what matters to each of the unusual, yet somehow familiar (a little Dignan in each of us?) characters.

A worthy comic effort that doesn't use too much formula and let's us just enjoy our new friends. Well written and nice performances from the leads, with a few strange supporting roles. Definitely worth a view!

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