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Rushmore (1998)

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The extracurricular king of Rushmore Preparatory School is put on academic probation.

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Wes Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sara Tanaka ... Margaret Yang
Stephen McCole ... Magnus Buchan
Connie Nielsen ... Mrs. Calloway
Luke Wilson ... Dr. Peter Flynn
Dipak Pallana Dipak Pallana ... Mr. Adams (as Deepak Pallana)
Andrew Wilson ... Coach Beck
Marietta Marich Marietta Marich ... Mrs. Guggenheim
Ronnie McCawley Ronnie McCawley ... Ronny Blume
Keith McCawley Keith McCawley ... Donny Blume
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Storyline

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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"She was my Rushmore" See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin | French

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rushmore See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,666, 13 December 1998

Gross USA:

$17,105,219

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,195,500
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay to this was written long before Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson's debut film, Bottle Rocket (1996). See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Blume is on the diving board there is a shot looking down on him and his cigarette is very close to burned up; but in the next shot he has almost half a cigarette left. See more »

Quotes

[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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Take Ten
Written by Paul Desmond
Published by Desmond Music Company (BMI)
Performed by Paul Desmond
Courtesy of The RCA Record Label of BMG Entertainment
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An odd film, full of heart
5 February 1999 | by ScreenJunkiesSee all my reviews

Very rarely can a director evoke so much awkwardness and kindness from his/her silent moments in their films. Wes Anderson is one filmmaker who can. His characters are so richly drawn, finely acted and beautifully directed, that even when they're not speaking... we can read their emotions, we feel their pain. Young Jason Swartzman gives a fantastic performance. Even nicer is the surprise turn by Bill Murray, who manages to play a good guy and a villain at the same time. In one scene he is wearing Budweiser boxer shorts on a diving board. He is smoking a cigarette and jumps, doing a cannonball into his sewer-ridden pool. We see him curled up at the bottom of his pool, drowning himself in misery. Is this a connection to his future lover's dead husband? Who knows. But what we do know is that Anderson has crafted his film to star the most unlikely of heroes. They are the oddest of the bunch, but at the same time we know what they are going through. Their oddness aside, what we learn to see more of, is their hearts. It is obvious Anderson has wiped his heart all over this piece, and it pays off more than I'm sure he ever could have imagined.


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