Bottle Rocket
Free Fail Film


English/Spanish, 1996, 91 minutes, color, U.S.A.

In Bottle Rocket, a hilarious story with an original twist on the importance of friendship, three friends ineptly pursue a life of crime while sharing dreams of the lives they wish they had. Anthony (Luke Wilson) seeks true love. Bob (Robert Musgrove) yearns for a family. And Dignan (Owen Wilson) pursues a distinguished career in crime. After his release from a mental hospital following a psychological breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins up with his friend Dignan, who has come up with an outlandish scheme for a crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the supposedly legendary Mr. Henry (James Caan). With the help of their pathetic neighbor and pal Bob, the three pull a job and hit the road. Along the way the would-be thieves each get what they wanted, but in ways they never expected.

Director: Wes Anderson

Screenwriters: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson

Executive Producers: Barbara Boyle, James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Michael Taylor

Composer: Mark Mothersbaugh

Cinematographer: Robert D. Yeoman

Editor: David Moritz

Production Designer: David Wasco

Casting Director: Liz Keigley

Principal Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, Shea Fowler, Haley Miller, Robert Musgrave

About the Director

Wes Anderson attended the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in philosophy. It was here he met Owen Wilson. They became firm friends and began making short films, some of which aired on a local cable-access station. One of their shorts was Bottle Rocket (1994), which starred Owen and his brother Luke Wilson. The short was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was successfully received, so much so that they received funding to make a feature-length version. Bottle Rocket (1996) was not a commercial hit, but gained a cult audience and high-profile fans, including Martin Scorsese.

Success followed with films such as Rushmore (1998), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and the animated feature, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), the latter two films earning Anderson Oscar nominations


1/20/2014 5:15 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City