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Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket Gets Criterioned
Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 09:59 k
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Being a huge fan of Wes Anderson, I am very glad to see one of his best films (it was his first) finally being given the Criterion Collection treatment. So far, they’ve done an amazing jobs with Anderson’s other films that have given the Criterion Stamp,  and this one seems no different as it will feature a “making of” documentary of the film, commentary by Anderon and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson, 11 deleted scenes plus beautiful artwork.

Here’s a synopsis for those who havent seen the film, as well as the trailer where Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits:

Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore—then go “on the lam.” Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it’s the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.

–Mikey

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