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Bottle Rocket

Wes Anderson

Bottle Rocket (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1996
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #450

Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision (with cowriter Owen Wilson) in this visually witty and warm portrait of three young misfits. Best friends Anthony (Luke Wilson), Dignan (Owen Wilson), and Bob (Robert Musgrave) stage a wildly complex, mildly successful robbery of a small bookstore, then go “on the lam.” During their adventures, Anthony falls in love with a South American housekeeper, Inez (Lumi Cavazos), and they befriend local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry (James Caan). Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers, shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, and the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.


DignanOwen Wilson
Anthony AdamsLuke Wilson
Bob MapplethorpeRobert Musgrave
Future ManAndrew Wilson
InezLumi Cavazos
Mr. HenryJames Caan


DirectorWes Anderson
ScreenplayOwen Wilson and Wes Anderson
ProducerPolly Platt and Cynthia Hargrave
Executive producersJames L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Barbara Boyle and Michael Taylor
Director of photographyRobert Yeoman
Production designDavid Wasco
EditingDavid Moritz
Co-producersRay Zimmerman and L.M. Kit Carson
Costume designKaren Patch
MusicMark Mothersbaugh

Disc Features


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson
  • The Making of “Bottle Rocket”: an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, producer James L. Brooks, actors James Caan and Luke and Owen Wilson, and others
  • The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992
  • Eleven deleted scenes
  • Anamorphic test, storyboards, location photos
  • Behind-the-scenes photographs by Laura Wilson
  • The Shafrazi Lectures, No. 1: Bottle Rocket
  • Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an appreciation by Martin Scorsese and an essay by Brooks
  • Original artwork by Ian Dingman

    New cover by Ian Dingman

Film Essays

Bottle Rocket

By James L. BrooksNovember 23, 2008

This story of Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, “the boys,” is a plucky tale of grit and high . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


’Toon Time: A Q&A with Wes Anderson

November 18, 2009

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April 06, 2009

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Pretty in Pink (and Green)

January 07, 2009

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The Criterion Collection Goes High Definition!

December 15, 2008

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Press Notes


December 11, 2008

Criterion Blu-ray editions debut next week—with Chungking Express, The Man Who Fell to Earth, . . . Read more »


Sounds Like Bottle Rocket

December 04, 2008

The soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s short protofilm for Bottle Rocket will be available digitally . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Bottle Rocket

By James L. BrooksNovember 23, 2008

This story of Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, “the boys,” is a plucky tale of grit and high . . . Read more »


Bottle Rocket

By Martin ScorseseNovember 23, 2008

A couple of years ago, I watched a film called Bottle Rocket. I knew nothing about it, and the . . . Read more »