Wes Anderson

Rushmore

Rushmore

The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

Film Info

  • Wes Anderson
  • United States
  • 1998
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #65

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New digital transfer of the director’s cut, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson, cowriter Owen Wilson, and actor Jason Schwartzman
  • The Making of “Rushmore,” an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary by Eric Chase Anderson
  • Max Fischer Players Present, theatrical “adaptations” of Armageddon, Out of Sight, and The Truman Show, staged for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
  • Episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Wes Anderson and actor Bill Murray
  • Audition footage
  • Anderson’s hand-drawn storyboards, plus a film-to-storyboard comparison
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Collectible poster
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Dave Kehr

New cover by Eric Chase Anderson

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New digital transfer of the director’s cut, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson, cowriter Owen Wilson, and actor Jason Schwartzman
  • The Making of “Rushmore,” an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary by Eric Chase Anderson
  • Max Fischer Players Present, theatrical “adaptations” of Armageddon, Out of Sight, and The Truman Show, staged for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
  • Episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Wes Anderson and actor Bill Murray
  • Audition footage
  • Anderson’s hand-drawn storyboards, plus a film-to-storyboard comparison
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Collectible poster
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Dave Kehr

New cover by Eric Chase Anderson

Rushmore
Cast
Jason Schwartzman
Max Fischer
Bill Murray
Mr. Blume
Olivia Williams
Miss Cross
Brian Cox
Dr. Guggenheim
Seymour Cassel
Bert Fischer
Mason Gamble
Dirk Calloway
Sara Tanaka
Margaret Yang
Stephen McCole
Magnus Buchan
Luke Wilson
Dr. Peter Flynn
Kumar Pallana
Mr. LittleJeans
Deepak Pallana
Mr. Adams
Andrew Wilson
Coach Beck
Ronnie and Keith McCawley
Ronny and Donny Blume
Credits
Director
Wes Anderson
Written by
Wes Anderson
Written by
Owen Wilson
Produced by
Barry Mendel
Produced by
Paul Schiff
Director of photography
Robert Yeoman
Production designer
David Wasco
Edited by
David Moritz
Costume designer
Karen Patch
Music
Mark Mothersbaugh
Music supervisor
Randall Poster

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Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson

Houston native Wes Anderson’s idiosyncratic directorial style—marked by eccentric, colorful compositions and a fastidious attention to detail—seemed completely anomalous in the U.S. independent film landscape at the outset of his career. But it’s become such an influence on other homegrown auteurs that it’s beginning to look as archetypally American as apple pie. Anderson debuted with Bottle Rocket, a thirteen-minute video shown at Sundance. On the strength of that short, producers James L. Brooks and Polly Platt brought Anderson and his cowriter and star Owen Wilson to Hollywood, where the pair embarked on the project of turning it into a feature. The result, a crisply shot comedy about dead-end criminals in Texas, announced Anderson as a major talent; his next film, Rushmore, a wildly acclaimed, widescreen coming-of-age tale that introduced actor Jason Schwartzman and gave Bill Murray a critical comeback, cemented that reputation. These films, like the ones he’s made in the years since—from the Oscar-nominated The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to The Darjeeling Limited and the animated Fantastic Mr. Fox—are vivid, wry studies of families and other groups, infused with liberal doses of both hilarity and melancholy.


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