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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2011
UPC: 0715515089616
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 47

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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Rushmore 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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