Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.


Wes Anderson


Owen Wilson (as Owen C. Wilson), Wes Anderson
2,410 ( 384)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Anthony Adams
Owen Wilson ... Dignan (as Owen C. Wilson)
Ned Dowd ... Dr. Nichols
Shea Fowler Shea Fowler ... Grace
Haley Miller ... Bernice
Robert Musgrave ... Bob Mapplethorpe
Andrew Wilson ... Future Man
Brian Tenenbaum Brian Tenenbaum ... H. Clay Murchison
Jenni Tooley ... Stacy Sinclair
Temple Nash Temple Nash ... Temple
Dipak Pallana Dipak Pallana ... Bookstore Employee
Darryl Cox ... Bookstore Manager
Stephen Dignan Stephen Dignan ... Rob
Lumi Cavazos ... Inez
Julie Mayfield Julie Mayfield ... Wife in Motelroom


Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hare-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry. With the help of their pathetic neighbor and pal Bob, Anthony and Dignan pull a job and hit the road, where Anthony finds love with motel maid Inez. When our boys finally hook up with Mr. Henry, the ensuing escapade turns out to be far from what anyone expected. Written by Marty Cassady <>

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They're not really criminals, but everybody's got to have a dream.


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Mr. Henry, who Dignan claims is a thief, was played by James Caan, who played the title role in Thief (1981). See more »


When Anthony and Inez are in the pool, Anthony's hair is down in one shot, but behind his ear in the next. See more »


[first lines]
Anthony: Hey, Dr Nichols, I was just coming down to say goodbye...
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Mambo Guajiro
Written & Performed by René Touzet
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
Published by Skyview Music Corp.
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not totally my cup of tea, but the movie is good!
8 July 2020 | by quaseprovisorioSee all my reviews

Bottle rocket is a coming-of-age type of film, into the beggining of adulthood and taking control of your life. one of the friends have problems to grow up, the other seems he already did. this is the confrontation throughout the whole film: two guys that, at this point, are going into different paths. Then yeah, dignan has crazy ideas the whole time and there's bob that also has problems with family. the movie follows three guys with issues and feeling dettached from society to try making something big.

i like wes anderson movies i can't tell otherwise: but i'm not a devote fan either. The movies i saw from him have a very distinct tone and humor - and i can't relate to that all the time. inhere i think we can already see some wes anderson future stuff: you already have the different colors throughout the scenes, the bright lights he usually uses for his films, some cuts, the dialogue that has a certain level of absurdity, into all collide in the final assault which is probably the most enjoyable part of this.

while i can understand the context i found it harder to relate with the characters. the peculiar (didn't want to say weird, lol) people that usually hang around his films are not my type of archetypes. i see his films more as a work of craft or art that i can appreciate but find harder to totally relate with it. which is fine we can't identify ourselves to everything we see.

still, bottle rocket while having flaws in terms of narrative structure and even some dialogues (i think the tone improved after) it's a nice film with more than it meets the eye and some funny things going on. i didn't love it, but i can understand why some people do. for me is a cool movie and a very important one being the beggining of the career of anderson - and if you like him or these type of comedy dramas with absurd in the middle - you probably gonna like this. i hope you do it's a good movie after all.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bottle Rocket See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,118, 25 February 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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