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Bottle Rocket (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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Newcomer Owen Wilson, in a star-making performance, co-wrote the screenplay about three best friends who attempt to escape their suburban boredom through a life of crime. But these bickering, bumbling thieves are no match for the local "godfather" (James Caan) who leads them into the biggest heist of their careers. Co-starring Luke Wilson and Bob Musgrave in their film debuts.
This quietly daffy comedy should have been an indie hit, but ended up ignored by audiences. Too bad; it's a wonderfully sustained caper movie about friends whose career choice is all wrong. Low-key Anthony (Luke Wilson) and high-strung Dignan (Owen C. Wilson--the two actors are brothers) are brought into a life of crime by Dignan's ambition to be a small-time thief. After a few amusingly laid-back trial burglaries, they (and a third buddy) find themselves over their heads when they hook up with an experienced crime boss (James Caan). Because this movie is so relentlessly deadpan, you really have to be dialed in to its brand of humor--but once there, Bottle Rocket shoots off plenty of sparks. Above all, Owen Wilson's portrayal of Dignan is a terrifically original comic creation; Dignan is so sincerely focused on his goals that he can't see how completely absurd his ideas are. Owen Wilson, who went on to supply similarly knuckle-headed performances in Armageddon and Permanent Midnight, wrote the screenplay with director Wes Anderson. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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This film seems to usually illicit strong reactions from viewers, however. Either they find it extremely humorous and endearing, or they think it's boring and pointless. I think a good sense of wry, ironic humour and a touch of love for the slightly off-beat helps a lot. A love of character-driven films and slacker films wouldn't hurt either (i.e., this isn't for people with short attention spans and the need to always be excited).
In my opinion, this is a movie that everyone should give two chances - if you just don't get it the first time, try again. It just might click, and you'll be better off for it.
The movie plays a bit like an inside joke, though it is a joke that welcomes you in. If you let yourself into the circle you'll find yourself rewarded with a terrific viewing experience.
The plot itself is described as "resovoir geeks" which is accurate. It borrows nothing from Resovoir Dogs, however, but the premise of being a heist movie. Though to call this a heist movie in the traditional sense, would be silly. Our characters here have no idea how to pull a REAL crime, instead robbing a bookstore and even running practice jobs on one characters parents home.
Ultimately this movie is about friendship and cameraderie, and all of the strange ways we try to fit in. Definitely worth seeing.
Bottle Rocket is the best movie I've seen in a long time. If you're a Royal Tenenbaums fan, this movie is a must-see. If you were cool to Tenenbaums, I still think you'll like it. It's a simple, well-written story with great characters and performances from the Wilson brothers...
A quick synopsis: Dignan (Owen Wilson) and his buddy Anthony (Luke Wilson), fresh out of a voluntary nuthouse, team up to try and make crime pay. With the help of their friend Bob, assigned the job of getaway driver since he's the only guy they know with a car, they pursue a life of crime. James Caan plays big-time crime boss, Mr. Henry, who Dignan is desperately trying to impress in hopes that he too might become a big time player. From a mall bookstore to Hinkley Cold Storage, the story weaves the characters in and out of silly, yet believable adventures that makes the movie "a DELIGHT" to watch!!
It's one of those movies that if you see a second (or third) time, you pick up on jokes you missed the first time through. So buy/rent this movie, invite some friends over, and get ready for some laughs. I've made all my friends/family watch it and haven't heard a complaint yet. Enjoy!!
The comparison to "Reservoir Dogs" that appears on the cover is without basis, in my opinion. There is little grit or darkness to Wes's film. There's next-to-nothing in the way of violence or true obscenity (the things that often turn me off to Tarantino's films). It's colorful and bouncy, which is a good way to describe Dignan, the offbeat character played by co-writer Owen Wilson. It's the finest comedy work I've seen from Owen.
It's also (along with "Tenenbaums") the best performance I've seen from his brother Luke, who plays the protagonist Anthony. Luke's performance is subdued and also, very funny. The brothers have great chemistry together, and are able to make each other's performance more entertaining.
Robert Musgrave rounds out the trio and gives a delightfully quirky performance as the awkward one who endures constant abuse from his brother. He cements his place in the group simply because he is the one who has the car. James Caan and Wes Anderson regular Kumar Pallana also deliver energy and comedy in their supporting roles.
"Bottle Rocket" is a wise film, and it makes a nice companion to the two aforementioned Wes Anderson films that everyone has seen. It is wise, fast-moving and extremely funny, although certainly not to everyone's tastes.
The DVD from Columbia/TriStar is completely featureless (not even a trailer), but it displays the film's colorful palette with a crispness and fidelity that is most satisfying.
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Le dvd était en parfait état, tel que décrit. Je suis très satisfaite. Il est arrivé rapidement et était très bien emballé.Published on Dec 21 2012 by joannie lavoie
A rambling, oddball shaggy dog story, but it packs some real emotion and laughs along the way. Terrific understated
performances, and good use of images and music. Read more
Low-key, deadpan humor is the name of the game in this quirky comedy that is chock full of Wilson brothers. Read morePublished on July 12 2006 by Daniel Jolley
Released in 1996, this is Wes Anderson's first feature movie and the beginning of a great career that has also included the fantastic quirky comedy-dramas "Rushmore" and... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Claude Avary
This movie is greatness. Two rules: Don't watch it alone or only one time.
"I can't concentrate unless the gun is on the table"
Wes Anderson's and Owen Wilson's Bottle Rocket is the most sympathetic film I have seen since...well, their most recent film, The Royal Tenenbaums. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Nobody!
At what the Wilson/Anderson writng team were up to before thier Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums masterpieces. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by ...