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‘2000 Man,’ The Rolling Stones (‘Bottle Rocket,’ 1996)
After being dazzled by Anderson and frequent writing partner Owen Wilson’s witty banter for close to 90 minutes, we come to “Bottle Rocket“‘s conclusion, in which the heist that Dignan (Wilson) has been planning the whole movie goes awry. At the height of the chaos, The Rolling Stones’ “2000 Man” comes on, solidifying our hunch that Anderson may be one of the next greats.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Martin Scorsese thought about the song choice in an appreciation he wrote for the film’s Criterion Collection release: “I also love the scene in ‘Bottle Rocket’ when Owen Wilson”s character, Dignan, says, ‘They’ll never catch me, man, ‘cause I’m f**kin’ innocent.’ Then he runs off to save one of his partners in crime and gets captured by the police, over “2000 Man” by the Rolling Stones. He — 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.”