Directors' Shorts - Wes Anderson - Bottle Rocket
With his latest highly acclaimed movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, about to be unleashed around the word, here’s a chance to look at Wes Anderson’s first movie, a short version of what would become his debut feature, Bottle Rocket.
Shot in 1992, and released in 1994, two years before the full length version, it was co-written by the young Anderson with his good friend Owen Wilson. When they found their budget wouldn’t stretch to professional actors, Wilson and his brother Luke took the lead as two local guys walking the streets of their native Texas, debating the merits of Starsky and Hutch while escalating a life of petty crime, from stealing from their parents to their first armed robbery. Careers were born here.