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Writers (WGA):
Wes Anderson (written by) &
Owen Wilson (written by)
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Release Date:
19 February 1999 (USA) See more »
"She was my Rushmore" See more »
The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Succeeds because there is as much dark emotion as there is dark comedy See more (632 total) »


  (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)
Hunter Hancock ... Student (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 Mark Matal .... second assistant director (as Conte Matal)
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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Bill Murray genuinely found the Keith McCawley and Ronnie McCawley who play his sons and were very much like their screen characters, annoying, and many of the scenes where he lashes out at them and insults them were improvised.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The movie continually updates what time of year we're in. But in the portion of the year labeled "September", the leaves on the trees are all red and gold and falling off. In "October", however, the trees are completely covered with green leaves.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, 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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33 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Succeeds because there is as much dark emotion as there is dark comedy, 27 March 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Max Fischer has a scholarship to exclusive prep school Rushmore, despite the fact that he really isn't as smart as his demeanour would suggest. He relentlessly talks himself up, forms and joins clubs and seems to impress as many people as he annoys – all with a very thin veil of lies to support it. When he falls in love with a teacher (Rosemary Cross) things appear wonderful but it is not long before he has messed it up. His frustrated friend (Herman Blume) tries to help but only succeeds in making things much, much worse and Max risks losing everything that is important to him.

Having recently see The Life Aquatic etc I decided to step back to a film that I feel did Wes Anderson's humour and talent much more of a service and one in which he got the mix just right. To me Rushmore is that film, although this is not to imply that it will appeal to those that just don't like any of his films. The plot is the usual mix of offbeat characters, strange events and deep seated emotions (and usually not happy ones either), it is quirky and humorous but it still works because, unlike Life Aquatic, it has enough heart and plot to balance out the dark quirky humour. To me the story is still a bit strange and difficult to get into but it does the hard work for you and even when I was still getting into it I was interested if not totally involved. The heart of the story is not one I could relate to, but I was able to feel for the characters and got into it quickly as a result – none of them are instantly likable characters or simple ones but they are still well written and delivered. The humour is never really consistently hilarious but to complain about a lack of belly laughs is to miss the point; for me the dark humour was well done and I found the film funny even when it didn't draw laughs from me.

The cast are impressive and work well with the material they are given. Murray has much more meat in this supporting role than he did with Zissou and he does very good work with it throughout while also managing to carry off his deadpan delivery as well as usual. Schwartzman is spot on with a character that we are never able to truly like but have to get behind at the same time – he pitches it just right and shows a great understanding of his character. Williams is beautiful and vulnerable and works well in her role while support is good from Cox and Cassel as well as several others in support roles and cameos. Special mention to Tanaka for being the sweetest redemption I've seen in many a film and pulls off the geeky but wonderful girl of many of our dreams.

Overall this is a good film but not one that will appeal to the majority of viewers or be the one to win over those that just don't like Wes Anderson's films. The plot and characters are interesting throughout and the film succeeds because it manages to mix emotional content with darkly quirky humour rather than doing one at the expense of the other. An enjoyable film and probably my favourite from Anderson thus far.

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