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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: 1,490 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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audio in italianomax fischer e' un quindicenne che ha trovato la sua unica ragione di vita: frequentare la rushmore academy. nerd occhialuto ma non secchione, con molteplici attivita' extra-curricolari all'attivo (tra cui l'allestimento di maestosi spettacoli teatrali), max fa amicizia con il laconico e svogliato "uomo d'affari" herman blume e insieme a lui si scopre innamorato della dolce maestrina vedova miss cross.

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8 of 8 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Where to start with reviewing this great film? It centres around 15 yr old school boy Max, who attends prestigious private school Rushmore. Academically bottom of the class, he is a livewire who is an active participant in almost every extra curricular activity, and president of most of the societies. The film tells the story of Max growing up, as he falls in love and learns to deal with things in an adult way. He forms an unlikely friendship with wealthy industrialist Herman Blume (played by an in-form Bill Murray) who becomes a rival for his intended love's affections, which sends Max into a spin with a maelstrom of emotions that he just does not know how to cope with.

Directed in an engaging and quirky style by Wes Anderson, who manages to get some excellent performances from a range of talented actors. The film is a character study that makes one laugh and cry along the way, while showing the consequences of actions and the importance of thinking things through. Bill Murray is on top form as Blume, and Jason Schwartzmann shines in the central role of Max. Olivia Williams is memorable as the teacher Max and Blume both fall for. It's thoughtful, intelligent, witty, funny stuff with a unique quirky style that really makes you sit up and take notice. Excellent film, 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Wes Anderson films this is for you 23 Mar 2014
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
"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 typical of this director so you know the sort of film before you start watching it. On the plus side it was quite amusing but too far fetched to be credible. OK if you've got nothing better to do. If you like this sort of film "Napoleon Dynamite" is much better in my opinion.
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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 European issue). But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers…

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Until such time as someone on this side of the pond decides to give “Rushmore” a long-overdue REGION B and C release – check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A – before you buy the pricey Criterion issue…
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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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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 5 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 7 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 8 months ago by sabra marzouk
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 10 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 11 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sic Transit Gloria
Wee skidmark Max Fischer finds himself on the wrong side of the school authority after attempting to impress Miss Cross, who he thinks is the love of his life. Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by parties
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`Rushmore' is classic Wes Anderson and offers up a dry, humorous storyline with enough depth to elevate it above a mere comedy. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by Spider Monkey
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