Bottle Rocket is a 1996 American comedy film, co-written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, and directed by Anderson in his directorial debut. The films also serves as the acting debut of brothers Owen and Luke Wilson, who star alongside James Caan and Robert Musgarve. The film is based on 1994 short by Anderson and Owen Wilson, which stars the Wilson brothers and Musgarve.
It is currently the only Anderson film in which Bill Murray doesn't appear.
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.
- Owen Wilson as Dignan
- Luke Wilson as Anthony Adams
- Robert Musgarve as Bob Mapplethorpe
- James Caan as Mr. Abe Henry
- Lumi Cavazos as Inez
- Andrew Wilson as Future Man
- Kumar Pallana as Kumar.