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Rushmore (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 February 1999 (USA)
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The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Tanaka ...
Dipak Pallana ...
Mr. Adams (as Deepak Pallana)
Marietta Marich ...
Mrs. Guggenheim
Ronnie McCawley ...
Ronny Blume
Keith McCawley ...
Donny Blume


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. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail. utexas.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$43,666 (USA) (11 December 1998)


£69,703 (UK) (20 August 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Like Max Fischer, Owen Wilson was expelled from his prep school in the tenth grade. See more »


In the first close-up shot, the box with the "Perfect Attendance" and "Punctuality Award" pins appear from left to right. But when Max reads out the names of the pins (in the same order as above), he points at them from right to left. See more »


[first lines]
Student: If, and only if, both sides of the numerator is divisible by the inverse of he square root of the two unassigned variable.
School Professor: Good. Except when the value of the "X" coordinate is equal to or less than the value of one. Yes Isaac?
Student: What about *that* problem?
School Professor: Oh, that? Don't worry about that.
Student: Wait. Why?
School Professor: I just put that up as a joke. That's probably the hardest geometry equation in the world.
Student: Well, how much extra credit is it worth?
School Professor: Well, considering I've never seen anyone get it right, ...
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Very well written, acted and directed.
1 April 2005 | by (Reykjavík) – See all my reviews

Well I saw this movie some time ago. It's in the style of Wes Anderson's later movies , "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou". The movie is a bit surrealistic and sour but the humor is deep and when you think back about this movie you can remember lots of it's jokes like how the main character, Marx Fischer used Latin in his latest play. Bill Murray was just as great as in his other Anderson movies. If you're looking for a comedy where you laugh at every scene this is not the movie but as a surrealistic comedy the movie is great. Also I liked some of the music in the film for example Rolling Stones and Cat Stevens. I think that Wes Anderson is a really special director and his style is of that kind that not nearly all of people like his movies.

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