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This Criterion Collection edition of Touchstone's coming-of-age farce can be viewed as the textbook way to package a DVD. Specially approved by writer/director Wes Anderson, Rushmore features a letter-perfect 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which is showcased primarily in the over-the-top school play that makes up the film's climax. As for extras, fans of the film will be ecstatic, and newcomers will find plenty to pick over as well. For starters, the DVD comes with a ...
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This Criterion Collection edition of Touchstone's coming-of-age farce can be viewed as the textbook way to package a DVD. Specially approved by writer/director Wes Anderson, Rushmore features a letter-perfect 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which is showcased primarily in the over-the-top school play that makes up the film's climax. As for extras, fans of the film will be ecstatic, and newcomers will find plenty to pick over as well. For starters, the DVD comes with a hand-drawn map labeled "Max Fischer's World," which details all of the places and events the film's key character encounters. The disc itself offers commentary from Anderson and Owen Wilson, who co-wrote the film, and Jason Schwartzman, who plays Max Fischer. While not always the most insightful commentary, it does offer some humorous anecdotes. Viewers can also enjoy a documentary on the making of Rushmore, as well as an interview with Anderson and co-star Bill Murray by Charlie Rose. However, the most amusing extra features the "Max Fischer Players" interpreting a handful of 1998's biggest films. Shot exclusively for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards, these quick vignettes showcase such films as Armageddon and The Truman Show -- done as high school plays. They provide the cherry on top of what is one of the Criterion Collection's best DVDs to date.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Closed captions; Commentary
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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 clich├ęs, 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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2000
  • UPC: 715515010429
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Ed Geldart Security Guard
Kumar Pallana Mr. LittleJeans
Luke Wilson Dr. Peter Flynn
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hardest Geometry Problem in the World
2. Mr. Blume's Chapel Speech
3. Yearbook Montage
4. September: Sudden Death Academic Probation
5. Rehearsal
6. Harvard Is My Safety
7. Rushmore Wrestling Squad
8. Fishtank Scene
9. Serpico
10. Marine Observatory Fundraiser
11. October: Grover Cleveland S.H.S.
12. Max's Comeback
13. Little Juan & 40 Ounce
14. You Are Forgiven
15. Summit With Dr. Guggenheim
16. November: Eloise Fischer
17. December: A Barber's Son
18. War Does Funny Things to Men
19. Remote Controlled Airplane Scene
20. Perfect Attendance/Punctuality Awards
21. Ready Demolition, Tucson, AZ
22. January: Max's Latest Opus
23. Heaven & Hell Cotillion
24. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Rushmore AV Club
      "The Making of Rushmore"
      Film to Storyboard Comparison
      Storyboards
         Geometry Dream.
         Yearbook Montage.
         Country Club Scene.
         You Are Forgiven.
         Vietnam Play. Act 1.
      "The Charlie Rose Show" Featuring Wes Anderson and Bill Murray
      Theatrical Trailer
   Commentary
      Play Commentary by Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman
      Index
         Introductions
         Inspired by My Dad
         Bottle Rocket
         Uncooked Look
         Cast of Characters
         Olivia Williams
         Bill Murray, Sasquatch and the Twins
         Extra/British Invasion
         Crowd Pleasers
         Piranhas, Petrified Wood and Expulsion
         From Both Our Lives
         Relentless Pursuit of Goals/Ted Turner
         Acting Computer
         Music Dictating a Scene
         Rushmore as a Fable
         Down-and-Out Phase
         The Conformist/Creating a Persona
         Owen's Cameo/The Kiss
         Jason and Max/Storyboarding
         A Suit for Every Emotion
         Friendship of Equals
         It's Gonna Look Real
         The End of the Movie
         Final Thoughts
   Max Fischer Players Present
      Auditions
         Jason Schwartzman
         Ronnie & Keith McCawley
         Stephen McCole
         Mason Gamble
         Sara Tanaka
      Grover Cleveland Society for the Performing Arts
      Rushmore Academy Productions
      1999 MTV Movie Awards Shorts
         Introduction
         The Truman Show
         Armageddon
         Out of Sight
         Play All
   Color Bars
   Archiva Graphica
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    incredible, accomplished filmmaking

    A stylish, wonderful movie that is poignant and funny. Well developed characters, great acting and direction and amazing attention to detail make this a must see classic. Max Fischer is a fascinating, hilarious character in the tradition of Harold from Harold and Maude, Benjamin from the Graduate. Bill Murray gives the performance of his career. Wonderful filmmaking from one of our best contemporary filmmakers, Wes Anderson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of A Kind Film

    Wes Andersen is a true original. His films are unlike anything else you will ever come across. Sharply etched, smart, humorous, and touching. Rushmore could not have been made by any other director.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest movie of all time?

    If not... then very very close. The genius of Wes Anderson's writing is that it is an extention of everyday life. How many other directors out there can make a movie entirely their own within 30 seconds of filming? When broken down all of Wes's films are basic coming of age tales, which makes all of his charcters completely relateable. Josh Schwatze's Max may very well be the finest male protagonist ever put on film! Not to mention Bill murray is absolutely hilarious as Max's unlikely best friend. Thank you Wes Anderson for your consistant production of incredibly intelligent, hilarious films. And an extra extra special thank you for your continuing influence on the Punk/Hardcore scene!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not very good

    I didn't like the film all that much. It was very boring, especially near the end. The film also looked too artsy, and that's never a good thing.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unique and intelligent

    I have given many reviews on this website and I rarely ever give a movie 5 stars. Max Fischer is one of the greatest characters to ever be put on film. I know that seems like an overstatement but I truly believe it. His character made me go thru a whole slew of emotions. I loved him, I hated him, I was embarrassed for him, I wanted him to lose, I wanted him to win. The scene where he gets drunk at dinner is just classic. He was so ignorantly arrogant and jealous. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stirs memory of childhood regret happily

    A heartfelt comedy that haunts my mind with my own memories of eigth grade. At times the film is punny, rich in guffaws of hard laughter and The Kinks and Faces (Rod Stewart) but at its core a sweet story of Max Fischer's, for lack of a better cliche, coming of Age. Suffice to say I enjoyed Rushmore consummately

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