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Rushmore [DVD] [1999]

Jason Schwartzman , Bill Murray , Wes Anderson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
  • Producers: Wes Anderson, Barry Mendel, John Cameron, Owen Wilson, Paul Schiff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch
  • Dubbed: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCM6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DVD Special Features

Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Languages in Dolby Digital 5.1: Eglish* in Dolby Surround: Czech

89 Mins approx


Wes Anderson's follow-up to the quirky Bottle Rocket is a wonderfully unorthodox coming-of-age story that ranks with Harold and Maude and The Graduate in the pantheon of timeless cult classics. Jason Schwartzman (son of Talia Shire and nephew of Francis Coppola) stars as Max Fisher, a 15-year-old attending the prestigious Rushmore Academy on scholarship, where he's failing all of his classes but is the superstar of the school's extracurricular activities (head of the drama club, the beekeeper club, the fencing club...). Possessing boundless confidence and chutzpah, as well as an aura of authority he seems to have been born with, Max finds two unlikely soulmates in his permutations at Rushmore: industrial magnate and Rushmore alumnus Herman Blume (Bill Murray) and first-grade teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams). His alliance with Blume and crush on Miss Cross, however, are thrown out of kilter by his expulsion from Rushmore, and a budding romance between the two adults that threatens Max's own designs on the lovely schoolteacher.

Never stooping to sentimentality or schmaltz, Anderson and cowriter Owen Wilson have fashioned a wickedly intelligent and wildly funny tale of young adulthood that hits all the right notes in its mix of melancholy and optimism. As played by Schwartzman, Max is both immediately endearing and ferociously irritating: smarter than all the adults around him, with little sense of his shortcomings, he's an unstoppable dynamo who commands grudging respect despite his outlandish projects (including a school play about Vietnam). Murray, as the tycoon who determinedly wages war with Max for the affections of Miss Cross, is a revelation of middle-aged resignation. Disgusted with his family, his life, and himself, he's turned around by both Max's antagonism and Miss Cross's love. Williams is equally affecting as the teacher who still carries a torch for her dead husband, and the superb supporting cast also includes Seymour Cassel as Max's barber father, Brian Cox as the frustrated headmaster of Rushmore, and a hilarious Mason Gamble as Max's young charge. Put this one on your shelf of modern masterpieces. --Mark Englehart

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Citizen Rushmore 19 July 2009
Max Fischer is a geeky 15 year old at the exclusive Rushmore academy, whose academic slackness sits uncomfortably beside his ludicrously over-stuffed bag of extra-curricular activities. Max is also very precocious, and he becomes friends with wealthy school benefactor and parent of twin wrestling meatheads, Herman Blume, whilst also falling in love with recently widowed art teacher Rosemary Cross. When Cross, freaked out by Max's infatuation with her, pushes him away, Blume himself, played by a world-weary Bill Murray falls in love with her and they begin dating, much to Max's disgust and chagrin.

Wes Anderson's off-kilter style, also seen in films such as `The Royal Tenenbaums' and `The Darjeeling Limited', was obviously honed on this movie. Schwartzman excels as the cocky but grating Max, and his friendship with Murray's disillusioned millionaire Blume is both affecting and slyly humourous. The film is at heart a darkly skewed comedy, but sometimes appears somewhat uncomfortable in its own skin, and occasionally tries to be too clever for its own good.

Ultimately Rushmore mostly succeeds as a quirky comedy-drama, and with appearances by the likes of Luke Wilson and Brian Cox in supporting roles, it is packed with contemporary and old-school talent, resulting in a mature yet fresh cinematic experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Such Great Writing 1 Sep 2006
I've been watching the films of Wes Anderson/Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman in a backwards manner. I really loved "The Life Aquatic" & "The Royal Tenenbaums", as well as Schwartzman in "I heart huckabees" so I decided that I wanted to watch everything else of theirs beforehand. If you liked any of these films, you will love this film too. It is interesting to see that there are certain themes which Anderson/Wilson have been developing for a while(for example, the whole aquatic/Jacques Costeau thing)and I love their unique, stylistic way of portraying things. These guys write scripts in a refreshing way and I hope you'll agree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect 7 Oct 2007
I found this film on VHS in my local bargain bin for £2, being a sort of on the spot compulsive buyer, I went for it.

As soon as 'Making Time' by Creation came on during the opening montage i knew i was going to love this film. The characters and interplay between them is superb (my particular favourite is the awkwardness between Ms.Cross and Max Fischer) and in my opinion, this is Bill Murray at his best (even better than lost in translation which I thought was brilliant).

The soundtrack is great, even the smallest cameos are well performed, and the director's idiosyncratic style shines through; if anything with more swagger and fun than any of his other films I've seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but just something lacking 27 Dec 2006
I saw tenenbaums first - then life aquatic - then rushmore - maybe i saw them in the worng order.

Rushmore is without doubt a great film - but after having seen the other 2 they just all seem a little 'samey'.

His characters are unique, quirky and full of idiosynchracies, but before I even saw this film I was ready for that - so when the joyous character of max fischer was put upon me i felt like i was already prepared for his keen attitude and eager intelligence - which is a shame coz he is a great and probably the best one out of the 3 movies.

(max must be autobiographical for wes anderson- for such an 'nerd' at school to be portrayed soooooo confidently it had to be a case of the 'nerd at school comes good for anderson' personally. -i know exactly what he feels and would be something i would do too should i be writing a screen play.)

I just cant help but feel that from here on - (life aquatic onwards) he must need to diversify a little (which he did do to an extent with L Aquatic with some animation and a little more action gun fights to iggy pop in the background is always a good thing!) as the whole scenario of children and adults with very unusual behaviours and personalities from very well to do backgrounds - who are all gifted and successful - but never actually seem to do anything exciting in the film - is getting a little tired.

There is a lot of father-son relationships in his films, and always a love interest that is shared between 2 people. The central figure is always a male. And the lady in question is always a mild mannered, soft featured, waif like but strangely attractive woman.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, sombre comedy 17 April 2006
This film is a tender and very funny portrayal of love and friendship from the point of view of Max Fischer, a talented teenager who is both wise beyond his years and quite immature at the same time. Max attends Rushmore Academy, a prestigious private school, which he is on the verge of being kicked out of, as the amount of energy he puts into the various clubs and societies he belongs to far outstrips his academic engagement. The emotional core of the film centres on Max, his friendship with Herman Blume (played by Bill Murray), the father of two of his fellow pupils, and Miss Cross, the Primary School teacher they both fall for. The performances are excellent, and the film is suffused with the wit and absurd charm that are its director's trademark.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Wes Anderson films this is for you
"Marmite film" and typical of Wes Anderson about a misfit 15 year old schoolboy - you either love it or hate it , I thought it was a bit tiresome and unrealistic but... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David H J Ashdown
4.0 out of 5 stars “Rushmore” on BLU RAY – Compatibility Issues For UK and EUROPEAN...
It’s bizarre after all these years to think that Wes Anderson’s anarchic “Rushmore” is only available on BLU RAY in the States – and on a much-praised release too (no UK or... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars My personal favourite film
I love this film, but this is the slightly abridged Disney release. If I were you I'd get the Criterion one with the sort-of ugly drawn cover. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TheAnimator
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film!
An awesome film by director Wes Anderson who is consistently brilliant and it came on time and was in perfect condition! Worth a buy.
Published 10 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute must for Bill Murray fans
this film is an absolute gem ... wonderful performances by Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Olivia Williams. superb screenplay by wes anderson and owen wilson ... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sabria Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, DVD brand new, perfect
Brilliant film, 1 of my faves, good value for money, DVD came quickly, perfect condition. No extra bumpf inside dvd box or anything, no frills. Job done
Published 13 months ago by ninarino
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality, shipping and brilliant film!
I have a huge thing for Wes Anderson films and am currently picking up as many as I can at a low price! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alice
3.0 out of 5 stars Get a Grip - it's OK!
Plays around subverting the genre of kids getting mixed up by fancying adults inappropriately (I think there's a sub-genre in there somewhere! Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars When Wes Anderson ruled the world
My favourite film. Maybe. My favourite Wes Anderson film. Definitely. Before his obsession with whimsy eat up everything in his creative wake, Anderson's film about one teenager's... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by Camp Bell Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars The film is superb; the soundtrack even better
A superb film that's just so entertaining! The soundtrack is even better, with the likes of Cat Stevens, The Creation, The Kinks and the classic "Oh La La", which got me so much... Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by L. Miller
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