- 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 (64 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004RCM6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,562 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Rushmore [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features
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 EnglehartSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) attends the elite Rushmore Academy, and is perhaps the most unusual student there -- he's part of every club and team in Rushmore, but failing all his classes. He encounters an odd friend of sorts in the unhappy magnate Herman Blume (Bill Murray), who is impressed by Max. At the same time, he befriends the smart, pleasant teacher Miss Cross (Olivia Williams).
But Max's world is turned upside-down. When he tries to build a magnificent aquarium in honor of Miss Cross, he's expelled from Rushmore. Worse yet, he learns that she's having an affair with Blume, who's every bit as attracted to her as Max is. Will Max, having lost what defined his life (namely, Rushmore), be able to bounce back?
"Rushmore" is one of those movies that Wes Anderson does really well -- it doesn't fit neatly into any one category, it's smart, it's funny, and the characters are endearing in a weird, quirky sort of way (especially when engaging in a sort of revenge one-upping, for the love of the teacher). It somehow manages to be sweet and pleasant without being schmaltzy or boring.
The writing is humorous, but not the sort of snort-hee-hee comedy that most movies have. (The limpest humor in here is the "O.R. scrubs" joke, and then it's clearly meant to be lame). Max's particular brand of dynamic brilliance is outlined best in the Vietnam-based school play, a mediocre idea raised to amazing levels. And unlike most movies of any kind, it leaves you thinking.Read more ›
Bill Murray plays Herman Blume, Max's only friend turned nemesis when he proves to be competition to gain the affection of Miss Cross.
The story is continuously over the top and at times somewhat unrealistic (aquarium in the sports field?), but at every point Max remains a character that everyone can relate to, either as a past version of themselves or maybe even what you are now. Again, as with Wes and Owen's previous and first script Bottle Rocket, the dialogue is hilarious and there are many a quotable moment. The performances are heartfelt and a character and location development change is clearly seen between Rushmore and Bottle Rocket with the setting being Wes' old school and each character having a history to explain why they are as dysfunctional as they are.
If you are a fan of Jason Schwartzman you should see this but be warned, Max is almost like the prelude to Gideon Graves of Scott Pilgrim vs The World - arrogant, eerie and selfish; so don't be let down by the realistic performance given by Schwartzman of a typical brat.
For those of you who are not fans of Schwartzman, unless you've saved Latin or written a hit play, I suggest you get onto watching this now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot is tortuous. Very pretty. I like actor in supporting role. A story with happy ending. I watched it during the vacation. The overall effect of the film is not bad.Published 9 days ago by Gregary
I got this film a good few years ago now, but watching it again last night I really felt I had to write a review. The plot concerns a 15-year-old boy called Max Fischer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Keith Plant
Despite its slow start which leaves you wondering what you've let yourself in for, this turns into a wonderfully funny, and endearingly silly delight. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ektor
The best film by Wes Anderson along with Royal Tenenbaum. Rushmore already presents most of his recurring features: a suspended intention between irony and absurdity, a series of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Elleppi