Bottle Rocket

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USA | 1996 | 91 minutes | Wes Anderson

February 5, 2020

SIFF Movie Club

Brothers Luke and Owen Wilson play two incompetent would-be-criminals who hole up in a rundown motel after robbing a bookstore in Wes Anderson's 1996 triumph of indie filmmaking. Co-starring James Caan (The Godfather, Thief), Robert Musgrave (Idiocracy), and Lumi Cavazos (Like Water for Chocolate).

Based on his 1993 short film of the same name, Wes Anderson's coolly assured debut feature is perhaps even more enjoyable now that in its original release, knowing what we do in hindsight about his revolutionarily original cinematic voice. Possessive of a uniquely perceptive world view that cuts through nearly as well as the soundtrack for his films, Anderson's ear for was already well attuned for cutting and humorous dialogue even at this early stage. Bottle Rocket bobs and weaves with a lackadaisical humor that both befits and transcends the time in which it was made.

"What is finally special about this film is its singularity, the ways it does not seem quite like anything else."—Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Principal Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Screenplay: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
  • Language: English