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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (6 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571200125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571200122
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 939,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An unqualified delight . . . [It] maintains the mix of comic and dramatic throughout." --Allan Hunter, "Screen International" "A wickedly funny high school comedy . . . This tart tale of an audaciously clever prep school kid . . . has all the makings of a cult hit . . . nearly everything hits the bull's-eye here, a rarity in screen comedy these days." --Todd McCarthy, "Variety"

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Wes Anderson is the writer/director of Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou, Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom.

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By A Customer on 17 April 1999
Format: Paperback
Wes Anderson's Rushmore is an incredible film. Not a movie, but rather a film in the sense of art. That is not often achieved enough in the film industry. The underlying fact that makes the film so incredible is the writing involved. Yes, Wes Anderson is an amazing director (and one of my idols). Yes, Jason Schwartzman is impeccable in his role as Max Fisher. Yes, Bill Murray was screwed over by the Academy. But most importantly, Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson were looked over in the best original screenplay category. As a young aspiring screenwriter myself, I can look up to those two men for their incredible work on this film's screenplay.
The first, and most important step in the filmmaking process, is the creation and writing of a great story. That was taken care of with flair not seen often enough. I urge you to purchase this today, so you can be one of the first people to own this film's inception: the screenplay.
Also, if Rushmore moved you, then you should purchase the soundtrack for it because the wonderful music selected by Wes Anderson for the film is very important in a film. Wes Anderson did it right.
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Once again I was enthralled by the dimension of Bill Murray. Jason Schwartzman was impressive in his debut and the plot was original and held your interest throughout the movie. I hope Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson will continue to collaborate and make more interesting movies. They are in short supply today. Thank you for a great movie.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 1999
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He no likey words as much as me. Wes is genius. So is Owen. Me wish they were friends to me. Can't wait to have read to me. Rush me copy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A must for Max Fischer fans 31 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Happily, this is an original script/shooting script, not the final filmed version so there are plenty of scenes and lines included here that did not appear in the movie. After reading I have a new appreciation for the subtle, nearly flawless directing and acting in this amazing film. Buy it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If not anything, the humor. 28 Oct. 2003
By Nebula - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I identified with the characters in the movie. I know one person wrote an intelligent review saying that the movie seemed too surreal, but in my opinion, though I admit the situation had a surreal feel to it, the characters were extremely realistic. I loved Margaret Yang and the way she was so caught up in success that she lied for a project that was almost bought by NASA.
If you don't like anything else, you have to at least admit that Rushmore is one of the funniest things you have seen or read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Oddly Original, Funny, and Moving 11 Mar. 1999
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Much has been made of the performances in Rushmore -- all of which are remarkable. Bill Murray is hilarious and startlingly moving, Olivia Williams is delightful, and Jason Schwartzman -- well, he just plain is Max Fisher. His performance is astonishing, especially considering it's a rookie effort.
But what of the roles as written? What of the story? It's fresh, unpredictable, and moving. Part of this is the truly odd plot and comic tone, but there's something else -- an underlying compassion that permeates the film and sets it apart from so many other hilarious but somehow cold-hearted comedies today.
Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson truly do seem to love the characters and the world they've created. And, so, in the end, do we.
But what of the screenplay? Rushmore is written with a breathtakingly sure hand from start to finish. There's tremendous economy here. Every scene is essential to the story, and every scene is maximized for full dramatic/comic value. At the same time, the screenplay has a delicacy and an attention to detail (one example: Max brings sandwiches when he tells Blume's wife of her husband's affair).
In short, Rushmore is one of the most original, funny, and moving films I've seen in a very long time.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Watch the Movie First 19 Jan. 2000
By J. E. Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I dare use the word "quirky," because that usually means "esoteric and/or pedantic." But "Rushmore" manages to be quirky while still being entertaining and heartful. There is real emotional impact in this film, as sharp and hurtful as first love lost. Yet, it remains a brilliant comedy with enough "moments" to make repeated viewings worthwhile. The book only serves as a fond memory of the film, much as the soundtrack. See the movie first, then buy the book to cherish the experience again.
The movie made me appreciate Bill Murray's acting. 1 Mar. 1999
By Amber14@ibm.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Once again I was enthralled by the dimension of Bill Murray. Jason Schwartzman was impressive in his debut and the plot was original and held your interest throughout the movie. I hope Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson will continue to collaborate and make more interesting movies. They are in short supply today. Thank you for a great movie.
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