ASFAD: Bottle Rocket (1994)


A Short Film a Day
Bottle Rocket
by Wes Anderson

Bottle Rocket short film

Short Films are extremely important to us, which is why one of our top priorities this year is covering a short film every day. While we’re starting the first thirty days on the site with fairly well known short films, we would like to get as many submissions as possible quickly. If you or someone you know has made a short film, please contact us at 

During the period I was most active with short films it seemed like a lot of the directors created them in such a way that they would serve as a commercial to get their similar feature made. Plots might be left hanging, stuck on a cliff-hanger and personalities might not be fully formed. Of course, only a handful of films that ever made their way across my desk were made into features.

This was during the mid 2000’s, and I think it was hope that was formed from a brief period in the mid 90’s when there were several features made from short films. Just in 1996, there was Billy Bob Thornton‘s Sling Blade, the musical comedy Joe’s Apartment, as well as Bottle Rocket and Hard Eight, from Wes and P.T. Anderson, respectively.

For some reason making features from shorts is more popular than ever, with 4 features playing at Sundance this year that were based on short films, including opening night film, Whiplash. Last year there was Awful Nice, whose trailer we posted last week, the Sundance hit Short Term 12 and the blockbuster This Is The End, all of which were based on short films.

Today’s short is Bottle Rocket, the first film written and directed by Wes Anderson and the first film starring Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson as a couple of wanna-be thieves. It originally shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994, and the feature version was released in 1996.

Wes Anderson’s eight feature film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens on March 7th. Owen Wilson plays a role in it.


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