The Rolling Stones in ‘Bottle Rocket’ – Classic Rock at the Movies
In honor of our 2,000th article, we look at a great example of classic rock music enhancing an already excellent movie, in this case the Rolling Stones' 1967 chestnut '2,000 Man,' as used in the 1996 film 'Bottle Rocket.'
'Bottle Rocket' was the first movie from director Wes Anderson, who went to to create critically beloved films such as 'Rushmore' and 'The Royal Tenenbaums' in later years. It also introduced Owen Wilson and his brother Luke to the world, starring as a pair of comically ill-fated thieves.
'2,000 Man,' from the Stones' psychedelica-laced 1967 album 'Their Satantic Majesties Request,' plays during the film's climax (spoiler alert!) as Owen's character Dignan is forced to confront the fact that another one of his elaborate but tragically flawed plans has gone awry. Faced with the choice of escaping or going back to a crime scene to rescue a friend, he chooses loyalty, and also seems to realize that he has not been living his life correctly.
None other than Martin Scorsese ('Goodfellas,' 'Raging Bull') explained the brilliance of this song's placement in the film during a gushing March 2000 essay for Esquire: "He (Dignan) — and the music — are proclaiming who he really is: he’s not innocent in the eyes of the law, but he’s truly an innocent. For me, it’s a transcendent moment. And transcendent moments are in short supply these days."
Watch the 'Bottle Rocket' Scene Featuring '2,000 Man' by the Rolling Stones