Director Wes Anderson's follow-up to the acclaimed BOTTLE ROCKET is a funny, warmhearted, and extremely sharp American response to the English "Angry Young Man" films of the 1960s, right down to its British Invasion soundtrack. Newcomer Jason Schwartzman creates a classic protagonist in Max Fischer, a sophomore at Rushmore Academy. He excels at every extracurricular activity in school, from theater to beekeeping. Gradewise, however, he's failing. He has few friends outside school save for wealthy but depressed industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray), father of obnoxious twin boys who also attend Rushmore. Enter Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), a beautiful young widowed teacher at Rushmore Elementary. While Max is immediately smitten with Miss Cross, she finds comfort in the company of the emotionally frazzled Blume. But Max won't let Blume have Miss Cross without a fight.
Anderson and cowriter Owen Wilson have created a script brimming with oddball humor at the surface, but at its core lies just enough realistic pain and disappointment to create an all-too-rare bittersweet edge, striking a subtle balance that few films ever achieve, and finally giving national treasure Bill Murray the chance to shine like never before. As director, Anderson displays his exceptional talents with careful choices in color palette, effective use of slow motion to comedic effect, and, most important, a brilliant selection of offbeat songs that are integral to the story. Easily one of the finest comedies since THE GRADUATE, RUSHMORE is a monument to brilliant filmmaking.
Mason Gamble - Child Actor/Dennis Menace
Sarah Tanaka - Actress, RUSHMORE, OLD SCHOOL
Owen Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Owen C. Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
David Wasco - Production Designer
Seymour Cassel - American character actor
Bill Murray - American actor, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MEATBALLS
Andrew Wilson - Star, brother of Luke and Owen Wilson (of RUSHMORE fame)
David Moritz - EDITOR\"SLEEP WITH ME"
Barry Mendel - Producer, 'Rushmore' (1999)
Luke Wilson - Actor
Wes Anderson - Director/Screenwriter
Brian Cox - British Actor, L.I.E. (2000)
Alexis Bledel - Actor, TUCK EVERLASTING (2002)
Karen Patch - Costume Designer, YOU, ME AND DUPREE (2006)
Robert D. Yeoman - Director of photography
Robert Yeoman - Director of photography
Jason Schwartzman - American Actor, RUSHMORE (1999)
Stephen McCole - Actor
Mark Mothersbaugh - Film and TV Composer, RUSHMORE (1998)
Randall Poster - PRODUCER/WRITER/MUSIC
A bittersweet comedy more akin to British mod sensibilities and the French New Wave than traditional American teen flicks, Wes Anderson's film is an engaging, compassionate look into the life of 15-year-old Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a poor scholarship student at the posh Rushmore Academy. An extracurricular overachiever with grand schemes, Max believes he can accomplish anything--including winning the love of the beautiful teacher, Miss Cross (the luminous Olivia Williams). Max's dauntless pursuit of her love and the subsequent conflict with his friend and rival Herman Blume (Bill Murray, in a stellar performance) make for a witty and insightful exploration of the joys and frustrations of adolescence.
Limited theatrical release: December 11, 1998. Major theatrical release: February 5, 1999. The film was shot on location in Houston, Texas. The school used was St. John's School, director Wes Anderson's own prep school. While in Middle School at St. John's, Anderson put on plays based on films such as THE ALAMO, STAR WARS, and THE GAMBLER. One of Anderson's St. John's classmates, Michael Maggart, played the concierge at the hotel that Herman Blume stays in. Anderson and Owen Wilson wrote the role of Herman Blume with Bill Murray in mind. Anderson initially wanted a "young Mick Jagger," or Noah Taylor (FLIRTING, THE YEAR MY VOICE BROKE)-type, for the role of Max but upon meeting Jason Schwartzman thought him perfect for the role, as sort of a "young Dustin Hoffman." Jason Schwartzman is the son of Talia Shire and the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. He also is the drummer for the band Phantom Planet. Max's list of club positions include: Editor in Chief of the yearbook, the RUSHMORE YANKEE; Publisher of THE YANKEE REVIEW; French Club President; Russia, in the Model United Nations; Vice President of the Stamp and Coin Club; Captain of the Debate Team; Manager of the Lacrosse Team; Caligraphy Club President; Astronomy Society Founder; Fencing Team Captain; Track and Field, J.V. decathalon athlete; 2nd Choral Choirmaster; Bombardment Society Founder; Kung Fu Club Yellow Belt; Trap and Skeet Club Founder; Director of the Max Fischer Players; a flyer in the Piper Cub Club (with 4.5 hours logged); Backgammon Club Founder; and Wrestling Team alternate. Max's mother's tombstone reads: Eloise Fischer/1942-1989/Beloved wife of Bert/And mother of Max/The paths of glory lead/But to the grave. Anderson wanted to include a helicopter scene with Max and Mr. Blume, but Disney refused to pay for it. Murray, in a charitable spirit, gave Anderson a blank check, but Anderson never cashed it, and the scene was never shot. Herman Blume's plunge into the pool was inspired by THE GRADUATE and meant to indicate his self-isolation. RUSHMORE was selected as Best Film of 1998 by Premiere magazine. Bill Murray won Best Supporting Actor honors from the L.A. Film Critics, N.Y. Film Critics Circle, and the National Society of Film Critics for his performance in the film. In 2000, Jason Schwartzman supplied the voice of the monkey Julius in the online cartoon JULIUS & FRIENDS.
"...RUSHMORE is made to be treasured....An immediate American classic..." - 09/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.54-5
"...RUSHMORE stands as the perfect comedy, with excellent characterisation happily skipping along hand in hand with pithy intelligent dialogue and plotting..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - 03/01/2000 Total Film, p.80
"...[Murray] is at his off-kilter best in this quirky coming-of-age caper..." - 12/11/1998 USA Today, p.15E
"...Bright, spiky....[RUSHMORE] includes a sweet turn by Seymour Cassel..." - 12/11/1998 New York Times, p.E31
"...RUSHMORE feels like a miracle -- a movie whose imaginative audacity is matched by perfect execution....There is so much to admire and adore in RUSHMORE..." - 02/01/1999 Premiere, p.30
"...Like the best filmmakers, director Wes Anderson has an idiosyncratic sensibility, the rare ability to create a world that is completely his own..." - 12/11/1998 Los Angeles Times, p.C9
"...Anderson and Wilson are good offbeat filmmakers. They fill the corners of their story with nice touches..." - 02/05/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.32