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Rushmore [DVD] [1999]

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCM6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features

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

89 Mins approx

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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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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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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. Max seems to have a certain amount of ambition in that he heads up just about every extracurricular activity one could sign up for at the private school (the Rushmore of the title) of which he is a pupil. His major problem is due to all this activity he is failing badly in about every subject! However, he forms an unlikely friendship with a millionaire Herman Blume played by Bill Murray after he has given a talk at the school. Max sees Herman as everything he aspires to be, Herman depressed as he lacks direction in his life, is impressed by Max's apparent ability and attitude although, unbeknown to him, this is just a front. When they both develop a crush on the beguiling recently widowed art teacher Rosemary Cross, tensions flare and an unbecoming game tit-for-tat ensures.
Essentially this is a comedy based around awkwardness and uncertainty. Max doesn't really know where his life is going, he fabricates his background and in his efforts to impress Rosemary he ends up getting expelled from Rushmore. Herman knows his life is going nowhere and sees Rosemary his possible salvation (whether she is not is a matter of debate). But in the end, Max forms a relationship with a student his own age and starts to live life on a realistic level having learned a few slightly painful life lessons.
The performances are very good. Jason Schwartzman is a revelation as Max, geeky, awkward and even deceitful at times. Yet you want
to see him succeed by learning from his experiences. This film did a lot to revive Bill Murray's career and deservedly so as he gives a great performance.
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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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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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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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