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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Schwartzman ... Max Fischer

Bill Murray ... Herman Blume

Olivia Williams ... Rosemary Cross

Seymour Cassel ... Bert Fischer

Brian Cox ... Dr. Nelson Guggenheim

Mason Gamble ... Dirk Calloway
Sara Tanaka ... Margaret Yang

Stephen McCole ... Magnus Buchan

Connie Nielsen ... Mrs. Calloway

Luke Wilson ... Dr. Peter Flynn
Dipak Pallana ... Mr. Adams (as Deepak Pallana)

Andrew Wilson ... Coach Beck
Marietta Marich ... Mrs. Guggenheim
Ronnie McCawley ... Ronny Blume
Keith McCawley ... Donny Blume
Hae Joon Lee ... Alex
Adebayo Asabi ... Mr. Obiomiwe
Al Fielder ... Ernie
Colin Platt ... Boy Portraying Frank Serpico
George Farish ... O'Reilly
Francis Fernandez ... Burnum
McCauley Penderdast ... Fields
Eric Weems ... Willie
Dalton Tomlin ... Wrestler

Wallace Wolodarsky ... Referee (as Wally Wolodarsky)
Kim Terry ... Mrs. Blume
Ella Pryor ... Woman Back Stage
Paul Schiff ... Waiter
Antoni Scarano ... Small Boy Artist
Brian Tenenbaum ... Contractor
Thayer McClanahan ... School Reporter / George
Patricia Winkler ... Mrs. Whitney
Manning Mott ... Mr. Halsted
J.J. Stonebraker ... Woody
Donny Caicedo ... 40 Ounce
Ali Ktiri ... Benjamin
Michael Maggart ... Concierge
Robbie Lee ... Isaac
Morgan Redmond ... Bellman
Ed Geldart ... Security Guard

David Moritz ... Dynamite Salesman
John Killalea ... Tommy Stalling (as J.J. Killalea)
William Lau ... Mr. Yang
Lucille Sadikin ... Mrs. Yang

Steve Eckelman ... Tennis Pro

Eric Chase Anderson ... Architect
Danny Fine ... Coach Fritz
Kyle Ryan Urquhart ... Regis

Kumar Pallana ... Mr. LittleJeans
Stephen Dignan ... Reuben
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alexis Bledel ... Student (uncredited)
Reggie Dees II ... Student with Football Jersey in Hallway (uncredited)

Al Hayter ... School Professor (uncredited)

Nathaniel Holt ... Audience Member (uncredited)

David B. Johnson ... Football Player (uncredited)

Erich Lane ... Student (uncredited)

Frank Page ... Professor Murray (uncredited)
Brandon Trost ... Vietnamese Soldier with Rocket Launcher (uncredited)

Jason Trost ... Party Kid (uncredited)
Sarah Trost ... Makeup Artist (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Anderson 
Writing credits
Wes Anderson (written by) &
Owen Wilson (written by)

Produced by
Wes Anderson .... executive producer
John Cameron .... co-producer
Barry Mendel .... producer
Paul Schiff .... producer
Owen Wilson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman  (as Robert Yeoman)
Film Editing by
David Moritz 
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Barbara Cohen 
Production Design by
David Wasco 
Art Direction by
Andrew Laws 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco  (as Alexandra Reynolds-Wasco)
Costume Design by
Karen Patch 
Makeup Department
Frances Hannon .... hair stylist: Bill Murray
Frances Hannon .... makeup artist: Bill Murray
Bob Harper .... key hair stylist (as Robert W. Harper)
Bob Harper .... key makeup artist (as Robert W. Harper)
Sally J. Harper .... key hair stylist
Sally J. Harper .... key makeup artist
Terri Harper .... hair stylist (as Theresa Harper)
Terri Harper .... makeup artist (as Theresa Harper)
Bart Mixon .... prosthetic makeup artist (as Bart J. Mixon)
Production Management
John Cameron .... unit production manager
Christine C. Fransen .... production supervisor (as Christine Fransen)
Alex Schwartz .... production executive: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Cedar .... first assistant director
Conte Matal .... second assistant director
Donald Murphy .... second second assistant director (as Donald W. Murphy)
Art Department
Amanda Anderson .... assistant set decorator
David M. Bowen .... assistant property master
Daniel Bradford .... set designer
Austin Gorg .... assistant art director
Nicole Gorg .... art department assistant
Jeffrey B. Hartmann .... lead man (as Jeffrey B. Hartman)
Chad Loucks .... construction foreman
Melissa Matthies .... property master
David Melito .... art department assistant
Roy Metcalf .... construction coordinator
E. Colleen Saro .... on-set dresser
Wallace R. Symns .... greens coordinator (as Wallace R. Syms)
Ric Trzeciak .... assistant property master
Mark Van Stone .... calligrapher
Archie Hankins .... stand-by carpenter (uncredited)
Kelley A. Hankins .... signwriter (uncredited)
Spanky Lofland .... carpenter (uncredited)
Christopher Stull .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... dialogue editor
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Yin Cantor .... assistant sound effects editor
Malcolm Fife .... foley editor
Grant Foerster .... sound re-recording room supervisor
Steve Fontano .... foley mixer (as Steven Fontano)
Aura Gilge .... sound effects editor
Doc Kane .... adr recordist
Larry Mann .... loop group editor
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects designer (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Jim Pasque .... machine room operator
Frank Rinella .... foley recordist
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
David A. Smith .... boom operator (as David Smith)
Scott Streetman .... cable utility
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Brandon Trost .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David Ridlen .... animator
David Sanders .... stunt coordinator
Jackson Burns .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Mark Chavarria .... stunts (uncredited)
Lin Oeding .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Buzzy Burwell .... best boy electric
Layne Chaney .... grip
Doug Chartier .... dolly grip
Cheryl Clarson .... rigging best boy electric
Peter Clarson .... rigging gaffer
Dennis Clay .... key rigging grip
Steven A. Guerrero .... grip (as Steven Guerreo)
Edison Jackson .... electrician
Kurt Kornemann .... rigging grip
Jimmy Lindsey .... second assistant camera (as Jimmy W. Lindsey)
Billy MacTavish .... electrician (as W.K. MacTavish II)
Doug Mercer .... best boy rigging grip
Vojislav Mikulic .... gaffer (as Voya Mikulic)
Danny Navarette .... electrician
Van Redin .... still photographer
Mike Sheeren .... best boy grip (as Michael Sheeren)
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip
Kevin Sims .... electrician
Val Sklar .... camera loader
Peter J. Verrando .... 24 frame video operator (as Peter Verrando)
Sean Wright .... grip (as Sean R. Wright)
Jeff Lanes .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Wally Rowell .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Peter Simonite .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Andy Stefanek .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Juel Bestrop .... additional casting
Nancy Doyle .... casting: Northeast
Liz Keigley .... local casting
Debra Secher .... casting associate
Beth Sepko .... extras casting
Maura Tighe .... casting: Northeast
Debra Zane .... additional casting
Angela Dee .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Donna Morong .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cathie Filian .... costume supervisor (as Catherine Allen Busch)
Jamelle Flowers .... wardrobe assistant
Jennifer Long .... on-set costumer
Leeann Radeka .... costumer
Editorial Department
Lin Coleman .... assistant editor (as Lin Coleperson)
Terry Hubbard .... assistant editor
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Daniel R. Padgett .... first assistant editor
Ron Radvinsky .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Michael Baber .... music editor
Bob Casale .... score recordist (as Robert Casale)
Mark Mothersbaugh .... orchestrator
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Buena Vista Motion Picture Group
Christopher S. Parker .... music coordinator (as Chris Parker)
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Danping Wong .... musician contractor
Bruce Young Berman .... musician: guitar solos (uncredited)
Christopher Guardino .... music arranger (uncredited)
Christopher Guardino .... musician: piano, celeste and organ (uncredited)
Brian King .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fred Davis .... transportation co-captain
Ron Kern .... transportation coordinator
Marti Wells .... transportation captain
Ricky Damazio .... driver (uncredited)
Jimmy Ray Pickens .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Carrie Albers .... production assistant
Monica Allen .... assistant: Mr. Mendel, Texas (as Monica Ann Allen)
Linda Brattain .... payroll accountant
Ted Broden .... assistant: Mr. Schiff, Texas
Craig Busch .... location manager (as Craig Allen Busch)
Cecilia Cardwell .... teacher (as Cecilia M. Cardwell)
Lydia Cedrone .... post-production accountant
Jessica Dailey .... production assistant
Virginia Díaz .... assistant location manager (as Virginia Diaz)
Steve Eckelman .... assistant: Mr. Schwartzman
Moira Gill .... assistant: Mr. Anderson (as Moira C. Gill)
Michael Grigsby .... accountant
Jason Hawkins .... assistant: Mr. Schiff, Los Angeles
Jonathan Hennessey .... production assistant
Kalen Hoyle .... bee wrangler
Vicki Daniels Johnson .... medic
Vicki V. Johnson .... medic (as Vickie Daniels Johnson)
Victor Lacour .... production assistant
Angela Laux .... stand-in: Miss Williams
Stephen Light .... assistant production coordinator
Tammy Lorkovic .... unit publicist
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Renee Roth .... dog trainer
Rip Russell .... first assistant accountant
Jennifer Simpson .... assistant: Mr. Mendel, Los Angeles
Doug Terranova .... animal wrangler
Linell Kathleen Townes .... production assistant
Melissa Wiechmann .... production coordinator
Michael R. Wohlfield .... bee wrangler (as Michael R. Wohlfeld)
Mikayla Abromowitz .... intern (uncredited)
Thom Buckley .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Waleed Hassan .... location assistant (uncredited)
Laura King .... on-set medic (uncredited)
Mike Le .... assistant: Owen Wilson (uncredited)
Anne Lockhart .... adr voice match (uncredited)
Heather Magee .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Julie Ansell .... thanks
James L. Brooks .... thanks
J.H. Lartique .... thanks: photos
Davia Nelson .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language and brief nudity
93 min
Color (Technicolor)
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[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, including my mentor Dr. Leaky at MIT, I guess if anyone here can solve that problem, I'd see to it that none of you ever have to open another math book again for the rest of your lives.
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Gorgeously faithful evocation of an adolescent's mindset., 6 September 1999
Author: Darragh O' Donoghue ( from Dublin, Ireland

Overextended rather than overlong, this is still, along with A BUG'S LIFE, the best American film of the year. Sadly, this has been an atrocious year for movies, so that isn't saying much (being Europeans, we still haven't seen EYES WIDE SHUT or THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, so there's still hope). There has been no outstanding, awe-inspiring, terrifying, beautiful, blow-everything-out-of-the-water film this year, no PULP FICTION, THE USUAL SUSPECTS or HEAVENLY CREATURES. The main problem with new films is style. Because style has been reduced to empty, showy Lelouchisms, intelligent directors, like Solondz or Labute, have rejected style altogether; and their rather flat, dull compositions can detract from the undoubted brilliance of their content.

RUSHMORE has style in spades. RUSHMORE is (on the surface at least) a very intelligent film. It is the kind of film my spouse would dismiss as 'a young man's film', but then so, apparently, was A BOUT DE SOUFFLE. The comparison is not gratuitous. There is a glorious, gleeful, freewheeling joy in cinema here that carries the film for the first hour, reminiscent of the early Nouvelle Vague, and Richard Lester. It's odd how these old devices - and there are also echoes of Chaplin, Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Tati and Woody Allen in here too - should seem so fresh and new. Has cinema stagnated so far? Most modern US (indie) film is stagy, rigid, overcomposed. This film uses all the old tricks to show life being lived, not an imposed thesis.

As I suggested, the film is probably intelligent. I say probably, because this is not its main interest. It does interesting things with Oedipal conflicts - there are at least five father/son relationships in the film (Max/Bert, Max/Dirk, Max/Hermann, Hermann/sons, Max/Edward Appleby), most of which are put under pressure, if not outright hostile, but resolved in unexpected ways. There is the influence of the dead on the living, unwritten stories intruding on those trying to write their own lives. There is the idea of Rushmore as a conservative, Brideshead-like arcadia, wherein also lies betrayal and death. The whole Ivy League (or whatever second level's called over there) system is debunked: whereas Rushmore will accept any trash as long as they're white, Max's multi-racial public school seems a much more vital place.

What is great about this film is not these things, but its understanding of and sympathy for adolescent experience. The most obvious marker of this is self-dramatisation, and there is strong evidence (the theatre curtains that open each section; Max's facility as a playwright; the repetition of portraits and framings within the film) that this is not an 'objective' story, but Max's highly mediated view of his own life. The film is sprightly, energetic, hilarious and inventive when he is on top of life, sluggish and dour when he is depressed. This actually makes his pain even more moving, and why he can sympathise with Hermann throughout on an emotional level, even when he needs to hate him on a narrative one.

Bill Murray gives the year's outstanding performance, which will hopefully be ignored at the Oscars - there is such depth to his angst, such humour to his self-lacerating millionaire, a self-made man who tragically sees himself as a loser. Few actors today can be so heartbreaking while seeming to do so little. And people still think Meryl Streep is an actress.

It is Jason Schwarzmann, though, who must carry the film, and he is perfect - brave, enterprising, irritating, vital. His romantic object is rather a drip, as adolescent idealisations generally are, and her swearing wake-up call is suitably shocking. Brian Cox is hilarious as a gruff, though sympathetic, headmaster, whose fate again suggests youthful wish-fulfillment. The use of music is as inventive as any great film I've seen. The film is actually quite bleak, and we can only thank our stars that Max isn't a goth - his doomed inventiveness staves of despair. Wonderful.

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