Rushmore (Criterion)

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Why do they have to go and release a feature-filled Criterion release after I go out and buy the first release!?! Now I'm going to have to sell my copy on eBay and buy this one for the commentary and (especially!) the MTV shorts made for the Video Awards. I loved this movie. Original and intelligent, I really look forward to Wes Anderson's future work.

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This is a great DVD! The strange, unpredictable story and the fabulous soundtrack alone make this a great film experience. Beyond that, the DVD is a shining example of what OUGHT to go into these costly little discs -- some real insight into the film making experience and details for those of us who want to learn as much as we can about how to make a really good movie.

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by ratbert@micron.net on 12/28/1999

Why do they have to go and release a feature-filled Criterion release after I go out and buy the first release!?! Now I'm going to have to sell my copy on eBay and buy this one for the commentary and (especially!) the MTV shorts made for the Video Awards. I loved this movie. Original and intelligent, I really look forward to Wes Anderson's future work. Read More

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Great Movie and DVD value

by canaryx on 1/29/2000

This is a great DVD! The strange, unpredictable story and the fabulous soundtrack alone make this a great film experience. Beyond that, the DVD is a shining example of what OUGHT to go into these costly little discs -- some real insight into the film making experience and details for those of us who want to learn as much as we can about how to make a really good movie. Read More

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Product Overview

Wes Anderson’s dazzling sophomore effort 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). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization even as it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache. Criterion is proud to present 1998’s most acclaimed film in a Director Approved special edition.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40123503
UPC 715515010429
UPC 14 00715515010429
Format DVD
Release Date 1/18/2000
Rating Rating
Keywords
Competitions
Essential Cinema
Romance
Teenage
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself."--a quote by Jacques-Yves Cousteau that is written in DIVING FOR SUNKEN TREASURE, a book read by Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman)
Quote "What's the secret, Max?"--Herman Blume (Bill Murray)|"The secret?"--Max|"Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out."--Mr. Blume|"The secret...I don't know. I think you just gotta find something you love to do and then do it for the rest of your life. For me, it's going to Rushmore."--Max
Quote "We both have dead people in our families."--Max to Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams)
Quote "Has it ever crossed your mind that you're far too young for me?"--Miss Cross|"It crossed my mind that you might consider that a possibility, yeah."--Max
Quote "I like your nurse's uniform, guy."--Max to Dr. Flynn (Luke Wilson) |"These are O.R. scrubs."--Dr. Flynn |"Oh, are they?"--Max
Quote "I know about you and the teacher."--Dirk Calloway (Mason Gamble) to Mr. Blume
Quote "I saved Latin. What did you ever do?"--Max to Mr. Blume
Quote "Rushmore was my life. Now you are!"--Max to Miss Cross
Quote "She's my Rushmore, Max."--Mr. Blume to Max |"Yeah, I know. She was mine too."--Max
Quote "Although I will say that Edward has more spark and character and imagination in one fingernail than Herman Blume has in his entire body."--Miss Cross|"One dead fingernail."--Max| |"Sic Transit Gloria" (Glory fades).--Max to Miss Cross, also in Max's play, HEAVEN AND HELL
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...RUSHMORE is made to be treasured....An immediate American classic..." 09/??/1999 p.54-5
Total Film "...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 p.80
USA Today "...[Murray] is at his off-kilter best in this quirky coming-of-age caper..." 12/11/1998 p.15E
New York Times "...Bright, spiky....[RUSHMORE] includes a sweet turn by Seymour Cassel..." 12/11/1998 p.E31
Premiere "...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 p.30
Los Angeles Times "...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 p.C9
Chicago Sun-Times "...Anderson and Wilson are good offbeat filmmakers. They fill the corners of their story with nice touches..." 02/05/1999 p.32
Directors
Wes Anderson
Actors
Bill Murray
Jason Schwartzman
Olivia Williams
Cast & Crew
Bill Murray - Actor
Brian Cox - Actor
Jason Schwartzman - Actor
Luke Wilson - Actor
Mason Gamble - Actor
Olivia Williams - Actor
Wes Anderson - Director
Wes Anderson - Executive Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh - Musical Score
Pete Townshend - Musical Score
Barry Mendel - Producer
Owen Wilson - Screenplay
Wes Anderson - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 1845503
UPC 00715515010429
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Awards
Golden Globe (1999) Bill Murray, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Independent Spirit (1999) Wes Anderson, Winner, Best Director,Bill Murray, Winner, Best Supporting Male
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Spin Magazine The best comedy of the year.
New York Daily News Magnificent! The best and most beautiful movie of 1998.
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