Bottle Rocket ★★½ 1995 (R)
A trio of inexperienced but aspiring criminals attempt to make their mark on the world in suburban Dallas. Newcomers Wilson, who plays the group's ambitious leader Dig-nan, and Anderson penned this smart ensemble piece first as a 13-minute black and white short. A subsequent showing at the Sundance Film Festival got the attention of producer James L. Brooks (“Broadcast News”). Film got the backing to go feature length with Anderson directing, and deservedly so, with its fresh dialogue and surprising warmth. 91m/C VHS, DVD . Ned Dowd, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Robert Musgrave, Lumi Cavazos, James Caan, Andrew Wilson, Jim Ponds; D: Wes Anderson; W: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson; C: Robert Yeoman; M: Mark Mothersbaugh. MTV Movie Awards '96: New Filmmaker (Anderson).