Bottle Rocket. 1996. USA. Directed by Wes Anderson. Screenplay by Anderson, Owen Wilson. With Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ned Dowd. 35mm. 91 min.
Anderson’s debut film, borne out of his 1992 short film, features beta versions of some of the director’s favorite touches (indefatigable underdogs, inventive needle drops) but with a looser aesthetic than his later work. Cowriter Owen Wilson steals the film with a charmingly off-kilter performance as Dignan, a man with a thousand (very detailed) plans, but little direction.