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Rushmore Details


After the highly acclaimed independent film , director Wes Anderson followed up with a quirky Touchstone Studios film entitled Rushmore. Written by Anderson and friend Owen Wilson (an actor in Owen Wilson and Owen Wilson), they created the story of Max Fischer, a highly eccentric 15-year-old boy who attends the tenth grade at Rushmore Academy. Played by Jason Schwartzman (Talia Shire's son and Francis Ford Coppola's nephew), Max is a poor student with big dreams and a love of extracurricular activities. Max is editor of the school newspaper and yearbook, president of the chess, astronomy, French, and German clubs, captain of the fencing team, and director of the school play. Max is also a compulsive liar, telling everyone that his barber father (Seymour Cassel) is really a brain surgeon. Suddenly Max falls in love with Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), a first-grade teacher at the school. He also makes a new friend in business tycoon Mr. Blume (Bill Murray), an eccentric millionaire who also loves Miss Cross. The love triangle heats up as Max refuses to believe that his age has anything to do with Miss Cross refusing his romantic advances. Also Max's scheme to erect an aquarium on the school baseball diamond gets him booted out of Rushmore Academy. As his life crumbles around him, he is forced to grow up and accept the consequences of his actions and his lies. He throws himself more into his extracurricular activities, hoping to redeem himself by staging the most ambitious school play ever attempted. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi

  • Release date:February 5, 1999


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Bill Murray Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Bill Murray Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Bill Murray Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Bill Murray Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bill Murray Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1999 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Wes Anderson New Generation Award 1998 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Wes Anderson Best Director 1998 Winner


Jason Schwartzman
as Max Fischer
Bill Murray
as Herman Blume
Olivia Williams
as Rosemary Cross
Seymour Cassel
as Bert Fischer
Brian Cox
as Dr. Guggenheim
Mason Gamble
as Dirk Calloway
Sara Tanaka
as Margaret Yang
Stephen McCole
as Magnus Buchan
Ronnie McCawley
as Ronny Blume
Keith McCawley
as Donny Blume
Connie Nielsen
as Mrs. Calloway
Kim Terry
as Mrs. Blume
Luke Wilson
as Dr. Peter Flynn
Ed Geldart
as Security Guard
Kumar Pallana
as Mr. LittleJeans
Ed Geldart
as Security Guard
Luke Wilson
as Dr. Peter Flynn


Wes Anderson
Barry Mendel
Paul Schiff
Owen Wilson
Wes Anderson
Robert Yeoman
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer (Music Score)
David Moritz
David Wasco
Production Designer
Andrew Laws
Art Director
Owen Wilson
Executive Producer
Wes Anderson
Executive Producer
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Set Designer
Karen Patch
Costume Designer
Pawel Wdowczak
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Gail Artz
Barbara Cohen
LeAnn Radeka
Bart Mixon
Prosthetic Makeup Effects