The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.
Name: Rushmore
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Wes Anderson
Country: United States
Language: English , Spanish , LatinFrench
Year: 1998
Time: 93 min
IMDb: 7.7/10


Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he’s not doing well in any of his classes, but where he’s the king of extracurricular activities – from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there’s very little after school he doesn’t do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he’s on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max’s fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film.
Plot Keywords: vietnam-war-veteran / national-film-registry / teacher / student / private-school
Taglines: “She was my Rushmore”
Certificate: Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Jason Schwartzman , Bill Murray , Olivia Williams , Seymour Cassel , Brian Cox , Mason Gamble , Sara Tanaka , Stephen McCole , Connie Nielsen , Luke Wilson , Dipak Pallana , Andrew Wilson , Marietta Marich , Ronnie McCawley , Keith McCawley , Hae Joon Lee , Adebayo Asabi , Al Fielder , Colin Platt , George Farish , Francis Fernandez , McCauley Penderdast , Eric Weems , Dalton Tomlin , Wallace Wolodarsky , Kim Terry , Ella Pryor , Paul Schiff , Antoni Scarano , Brian Tenenbaum , Thayer McClanahan , Patricia Winkler , Manning Mott , J.J. Stonebraker , Donny Caicedo , Ali Ktiri , Michael Maggart , Robbie Lee , Morgan Redmond , Ed Geldart , David Moritz , John Killalea , William Lau , Lucille Sadikin , Steve Eckelman , Eric Chase Anderson , Danny Fine , Kyle Ryan Urquhart , Kumar Pallana , Stephen Dignan , Alexis Bledel , Robert Bryant , David L. Carter , Reggie Dees II , Hunter Hancock , Al Hayter , Nathaniel Holt , David B. Johnson , Aubrey Trey LaFargue , Erich Lane , Frank Page , Brandon Trost , Jason Trost , Sarah Trost


Company: American Empirical Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English , Spanish , Latin , French
Released Date: 19 Feb 1999 (USA)
Year: 1998
Film Location: North Shore High School – 13501 Hollypark Drive, Houston, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 93 min
Soundmix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

User Review:

Matchstick » This is a love it or hate it kind of movie. I've watched this movie with people with a like-minded sense of humor and they always have a polarized reaction to it. Love it or hate it. Personally, it's in my top 10 movies. Max Fischer is the quintessential oddball kid. A phenom of extracurricular activities but still gets bad grades. He lacks social skills yet is bold enough to say what's on his mind. The genius of this film is how Anderson writes dialogue for his characters as adults but has kids saying the lines. Dirk steals the scenes as he confronts Bill Murray and spits on his car, plays a gun touting nun in Max's version of "Serpico" and is the cigarette smoking point man in the final play. Anderson has a great talent for having his characters be odd, yet still plausible. He can really balance that mix, yet still tell a story from his skewed reality. I hope I'm making sense because I just had six shots of whiskey and two Benydril and am nodding off. LOL. Anyway, this movie is about the pain of growing up, the pain of loneliness, the happiness of friendship, the ugliness that we are all capable of and ultimately for Max, redemption.

The scene where Max grabs a hold of the yellow kite and starts to get it all back together is great. Back dropped by Cat Steven's "The Wind", it's a wonderful meeting of film and music. Anderson has a knack for that. Great soundtrack all around. The closing scene is equally terrific. If you hate this movie, trust me, I understand…I hated it too. It wasn't until I saw it a second time that I saw it in a different light. It's a pretty special movie about growing up and forgiveness. If you happen to rent this, try to get the Criterion Edition; a lot of great extras in there. One last thought, Bill Murray gives a great, great performance as well as Olivia Williams, who, IMO, should had gotten an Oscar nod as well. OK, sleepy time…zzzz
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