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Directed by Wes Anderson

United States 1996 91 mins.

An expansion of his short film made at the University of Texas, Anderson’s first feature signaled a unique fusion of offbeat visual storytelling and infectious soundtrack. Anthony (Luke Wilson) “escapes” from a voluntary mental hospital with the aid of his childhood friend Dignan (Owen Wilson). Dignan wants to impress local hood Mr. Henry (James Caan) by robbing a bookstore and getting out of small-town Texas and drags Anthony and their wealthy friend Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave) along with him. On the run, they end up at a roadside motel where Anthony falls for maid Inez and causes a rift between his cronies. But one final job, a heist at a local cold storage facility, makes them all realize that they need each other more than they thought.