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Year
1996
Runtime
91 min.
Director
Wes Anderson
Genres
Crime, Drama, Comedy
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
44,595
Checks
10,109
Favs
542
Dislikes
81
Favs/checks
5.4% (1:19)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. lomonti's avatar

    lomonti

    Few can put together some standard and trivial situations and tell a story.
    It is a reservoir geeks.
    4 years 11 months ago
  2. pernille's avatar

    pernille

    Owen Wilson in combination with Wes Anderson is actually perfect. 7 years 8 months ago
  3. sixteenmiles's avatar

    sixteenmiles

    https://16miles.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/bottle-rocket-1996/

    Bottle Rocket is the first film by Wes Anderson. He has come a long way since. Bottle Rocket has none of the signature charm or visual style that came later. The obsessive symmetry is not noticeable here. But the film does serve to show how Anderson has evolved as a writer/director. It does have dysfunctional characters putting themselves into wild situations (or not so wild).

    The film opens with Dignan (Wilson) breaking Anthony (Wilson) out of a mental hospital. A volunteer mental hospital where the patients are free to leave. The two then pull off a burglary. A burglary of Anthony’s own house. They are the masterminds of unnecessary crime.

    Though it isn’t all for nothing. The two characters are building up to the big-time. It is all for practice, and all to impress a local crime organisation. The middle third of the film becomes a little confused. The character’s go on the run after pulling off a local library heist. The film slacks into a romance. Like most of the film’s internal crimes, it is unnecessary. It meanders, but comes together again for the end.

    With such a low budget, everything rides on the script. Everything rides on the performances of the Wilson brothers. It rides on dialogue. Bottle Rocket is a great low-budget first film. But it pales in comparison to everything Anderson did after.
    2 years 9 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #91 in The New Cult Canon
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  2. This movie ranks #380 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  3. This movie ranks #474 in The Criterion Collection
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