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Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams


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After the highly acclaimed independent film Bottle Rocket, director Wes Anderson followed up with a quirky Touchstone Studios film entitled Rushmore. Written by Anderson and friend Owen Wilson (an actor in Armageddon and Anaconda), they created the story of Max Fischer, a highly eccentric 15-year-old boy who attends the tenth grade atSee more details below

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After the highly acclaimed independent film Bottle Rocket, director Wes Anderson followed up with a quirky Touchstone Studios film entitled Rushmore. Written by Anderson and friend Owen Wilson (an actor in Armageddon and Anaconda), they created the story of Max Fischer, a highly eccentric 15-year-old boy who attends the tenth grade at Rushmore Academy. Played by Jason Schwartzman (Talia Shire's son and Francis Ford Coppola's nephew), Max is a poor student with big dreams and a love of extracurricular activities. Max is editor of the school newspaper and yearbook, president of the chess, astronomy, French, and German clubs, captain of the fencing team, and director of the school play. Max is also a compulsive liar, telling everyone that his barber father (Seymour Cassel) is really a brain surgeon. Suddenly Max falls in love with Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), a first-grade teacher at the school. He also makes a new friend in business tycoon Mr. Blume (Bill Murray), an eccentric millionaire who also loves Miss Cross. The love triangle heats up as Max refuses to believe that his age has anything to do with Miss Cross refusing his romantic advances. Also Max's scheme to erect an aquarium on the school baseball diamond gets him booted out of Rushmore Academy. As his life crumbles around him, he is forced to grow up and accept the consequences of his actions and his lies. He throws himself more into his extracurricular activities, hoping to redeem himself by staging the most ambitious school play ever attempted.

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Unappreciated at the box office, Rushmore is nevertheless a poignant comedy that deals with heartbreak, cross-generational friendship, class, ambition, and emotional resurrection -- not to mention the variegated ways to say and mean a word like "handjob." The plot traces four months in the life of Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a high school sophomore on a scholarship to Rushmore Academy, where he is both the most prolific club-founder and worst student. Over the course of a few days in September, he befriends a steel tycoon, Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and a fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Cross (Olivia Williams). Smitten with Ms. Cross, he illegally builds an aquarium dedicated to her -- a project that gets him expelled from the academy. Adding insult to injury, he also discovers Cross and Blume have taken up with each other, and so November is marked by his forlorn withdrawal from the world. By December, he has bounced back with a new play, based on his pain and parts of his friends' lives, delivering Heaven and Hell, one of the greatest school dramas known to mankind. Rushmore is Wes Anderson's follow-up to his immensely likeable debut, Bottle Rocket, and establishes the director as an equal in the deep-dish comedy realm of Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) and Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude). Overall, the deluxe DVD packaging and amusing extras go a long way to carving out Rushmore's place as the warm, rich piece of comic poetry it is.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Defying slick 1990s teen-flick clichés, Rushmore (1998) is a humorously deadpan, emotionally sincere coming-of-age story. Though set in the 1990s, writer/director Wes Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson evoke a 1960s and '70s spirit of unabashed iconoclasm and eccentricity, complete with a '60s British Invasion soundtrack; Max Fischer is a non-suicidal Harold Chasen crossed with an ambitious Benjamin Braddock. Anderson, Wilson, and novice actor (and Francis Ford Coppola nephew) Jason Schwartzman dare to make Max a self-assured nerd and a wrong-side-of-the-tracks prodigy who is never simperingly likable even as he succeeds in charming friends and enemies. Along with Max's comically zealous, film-literate stage productions of Serpico and the Vietnam War, Anderson's astute widescreen compositions, film-speed shifts, and camera movements similarly recall French and American New Wave vitality. Among the excellent cast, Bill Murray gives a career-best performance as the despondent tycoon who sees a kindred spirit in the bespectacled teen, exuding genuine sadness about his life while he goes mano a mano with Max for teacher Olivia Williams' affection. Earning high marks for wit and originality (but sadly no Oscar nomination for Murray), Rushmore served notice that the creators of cult favorite Bottle Rocket (1996) had truly arrived.

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Special Features

Audio Commentary featuring Anderson, Cowriter Owen Wilson, and Actor Jason Schwartzman; ; The Making of "Rushmore" an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary by Eric Chase Anderson; ; Max Fischer Players Present, the Theatrical "Adaptations" of Armageddon, Out Of Sight, and The Truman Show, staged for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards; ; Episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Wes Anderson and Actor Bill Murray; Audition Footage; Anderson's Hand-Drawn Storyboards, plus a Film-to-Storyboard comparison; ; Original Theatrical Trailer; Collectible Poster; Plus: An Essay by Film Critic Dave Kehr

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Schwartzman Max Fischer
Bill Murray Herman Blume
Olivia Williams Rosemary Cross
Seymour Cassel Bert Fischer
Brian Cox Dr. Guggenheim
Mason Gamble Dirk Calloway
Sara Tanaka Margaret Yang
Stephen McCole Magnus Buchan
Ronnie McCawley Ronny Blume
Keith McCawley Donny Blume
Connie Nielsen Mrs. Calloway
Kim Terry Mrs. Blume
Luke Wilson Dr. Peter Flynn
Ed Geldart Security Guard
Kumar Pallana Mr. LittleJeans

Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Dan Bradford Set Decoration/Design
John Cameron Co-producer
Barbara Cohen Casting
Andrew Laws Art Director
Barry Mendel Producer
David Moritz Editor
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Set Decoration/Design
Paul Schiff Producer
David Wasco Production Designer
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Wilson Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

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