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Rushmore (1998)

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The extracurricular king of Rushmore Preparatory School is put on academic probation.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Max Fischer
Bill Murray ... Herman Blume
Olivia Williams ... Rosemary Cross
Seymour Cassel ... Bert Fischer
Brian Cox ... Dr. Nelson Guggenheim
Mason Gamble ... Dirk Calloway
Sara Tanaka Sara Tanaka ... Margaret Yang
Stephen McCole ... Magnus Buchan
Connie Nielsen ... Mrs. Calloway
Luke Wilson ... Dr. Peter Flynn
Dipak Pallana Dipak Pallana ... Mr. Adams (as Deepak Pallana)
Andrew Wilson ... Coach Beck
Marietta Marich Marietta Marich ... Mrs. Guggenheim
Ronnie McCawley Ronnie McCawley ... Ronny Blume
Keith McCawley Keith McCawley ... Donny Blume
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Storyline

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail. utexas.edu>

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"She was my Rushmore" See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish | Latin | French

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rushmore See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,666, 13 December 1998

Gross USA:

$17,105,219
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Schwartzman came to his audition wearing a prep-school blazer which sported a Rushmore patch he had made himself. See more »

Goofs

When Blume's sons lock him out of his Bentley, the shot of his hand on the door handle shows a car with different paintwork - two-tone black and grey rather than all-black. See more »

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Student: If, and only if, both sides of the numerator is divisible by the inverse of he square root of the two unassigned variable.
School Professor: Good. Except when the value of the "X" coordinate is equal to or less than the value of one. Yes Isaac?
Student: What about *that* problem?
School Professor: Oh, that? Don't worry about that.
Student: Wait. Why?
School Professor: I just put that up as a joke. That's probably the hardest geometry equation in the world.
Student: Well, how much extra credit is it worth?
School Professor: Well, considering I've never seen anyone get it right, ...
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Referenced in Broken Flowers (2005) See more »

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A Quick One While He's Away
Words and Music by Pete Townshend
Published by TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Who
By Arrangement with ABKCO Records
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Most underrated movie of the late 90's
12 October 2006 | by MatchstickSee all my reviews

This is a love it or hate it kind of movie. I've watched this movie with people with a like-minded sense of humor and they always have a polarized reaction to it. Love it or hate it. Personally, it's in my top 10 movies. Max Fischer is the quintessential oddball kid. A phenom of extracurricular activities but still gets bad grades. He lacks social skills yet is bold enough to say what's on his mind. The genius of this film is how Anderson writes dialogue for his characters as adults but has kids saying the lines. Dirk steals the scenes as he confronts Bill Murray and spits on his car, plays a gun touting nun in Max's version of "Serpico" and is the cigarette smoking point man in the final play. Anderson has a great talent for having his characters be odd, yet still plausible. He can really balance that mix, yet still tell a story from his skewed reality. I hope I'm making sense because I just had six shots of whiskey and two Benydril and am nodding off. LOL. Anyway, this movie is about the pain of growing up, the pain of loneliness, the happiness of friendship, the ugliness that we are all capable of and ultimately for Max, redemption.

The scene where Max grabs a hold of the yellow kite and starts to get it all back together is great. Back dropped by Cat Steven's "The Wind", it's a wonderful meeting of film and music. Anderson has a knack for that. Great soundtrack all around. The closing scene is equally terrific. If you hate this movie, trust me, I understand...I hated it too. It wasn't until I saw it a second time that I saw it in a different light. It's a pretty special movie about growing up and forgiveness. If you happen to rent this, try to get the Criterion Edition; a lot of great extras in there. One last thought, Bill Murray gives a great, great performance as well as Olivia Williams, who, IMO, should had gotten an Oscar nod as well. OK, sleepy time...zzzz


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