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Rushmore (Criterion Collection) (1998)

Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, more...
Director: Wes Anderson
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Independent, Coming of Age , SNL Alums, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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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. ~ Arthur Borman, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Wes Anderson, Co-Writer Owen Wilson, and Actor Jason Schwartzman
  • The Making of Rushmore: An exclusive behind-the-scenes Documentary by Eric Chase Anderson
  • Max Fischer Players present theatrical "adaptations" of Armageddon, Out of Sight, and The Truman Show, staged especially for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
  • The Charlie Rose Show, featuring Wes Anderson and Bill Murray
  • Cast audition footage
  • Storyboards, and a film-to-storyboard comparison

You might also enjoy:
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Another future cult favorite featuring precocious, rebellious boys in private school; this one's even darker, with animated sequences

The Royal Tenenbaums
Anderson and Wilson's next film is also a Criterion DVD; a little more distant than Rushmore but just as amusing, beguiling

GreenCine Member Reviews

New to Rushmore Academy? by TaoG December 8, 2004 - 2:08 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Every time I mentioned to friends I hadn't seen Rushmore yet, they either chuckled and/or looked at me with horror, the disbelief, how could you not? So now it's my turn--you haven't seen it?? Queue horror. Shock. Disbelief. Dismay. Maybe you are like me--a newer fan of Wes Anderson, going backwards. (I've added Bottle Rocket to the top of my Queue.) The joy of seeing this movie via DVD for the first time is all the extra's, especially for the generous peek into the artistic process and creation of this gem.

A morality play for the rest of us by DPenn July 26, 2004 - 7:20 PM PDT
8 out of 10 members found this review helpful
If you were smart enough to sign up with Greencine, you've probably seen Rushmore, but you could do to see it again. This is a nearly perfect film. The script, the performances, the direction together realize a world that doesn't quite exist but all the same rings true. There isn't much more you can ask of a movie. I doubt Wes Anderson will top it, but I hope he does.

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