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Rushmore (1998)

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


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





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 ... 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


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.>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


"She was my Rushmore" See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Touchstone hadn't planned on releasing the film until February 5th, especially in light of the heavy holiday release schedule, but when they saw the finished product, they rushed it into limited release for one week in December to qualify for Academy Award consideration, specifically Bill Murray for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. See more »


When Max and Mr. Blume are walking outside Max' father's barbershop, crew members can be seen in store windows. See more »


[first lines]
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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Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
Written by Ray Davies
Published by Jayboy Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Kinks
Courtesy of Castle Copyrights Ltd.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Is Max Fischer actually Edward Albee?
15 July 1999 | by icabuckSee all my reviews

As I watched this film, I couldn't help but find brief and twisted similarities between Max Fischer's school days and that of Edward Albee of 'Who's Afraid of Virgina Woofe' fame. Before you laugh let me explain:

Max recieved a scholarship for a play written in childhood, showed significant reluctance to follow the curriculum, and rather chose to pursue his own interests, especially play writing.

Edward Albee, in most of his biographical information, comments on his difficulities in school, and dropping out of college after about a year and a half, to focus on his writing. Further, Albee's work became recognized at the early age of thirteen when he wrote 'The Zoo Story'.

Max was not from the wealthy family as Albee was. Although, the greater than $10,000,000, Herman Blume, (dissatisfied with the conventional, insensitive , sterotypical jock, twins of his own) "abopts" Max as a surrogate son.

The father of Max was reminiscent of Thorton Wilder who encouraged Albee to follow his instincts and become a play write.

As we leave Max he has written his successful work 'Heaven & Hell', his stage production of 'Apocalypse Now'. At this point in time, this is Max's theatrical master piece, his 'Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolfe', if you will.

Also, don't forget the name of Miss Cook's deceased Edward Appleby...

Now, for those of you who have never been mistaken in reading the undertone of a movie, cast the first stone. I would welcome the comments. For those of you few that may agree, please let me know, possibly there are more correlations.


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Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,666, 13 December 1998

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2.39 : 1
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