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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, in an award-winning performance). 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 one of 1998's most acclaimed films in a Director Approved special edition.

Special Features

  • Wes Anderson's Hand-Drawn Storyboards, Plus a Film-To-Storyboard Comparison
  • Cast Audition Footage: Jason Schwartzman, Sara Tanaka, Stephen McCole, Ronnie & Keith McCawley and Mason Gamble
  • Featurettes: The Making of Rushmore, an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary by Eric Chase Anderson & The Charlie Rose Show, featuring Wes Anderson and Bill Murray
  • Max Fischer Players Present: Theatrical "adaptations" of Armageddon, The Truman Show & Out of Sight, staged especially for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
  • Plus!: props, posters, photos & other graphic ephemera, Special Poster Insert (a map of Rushmore's key events)

Product Details

  • Actors: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
  • Producers: Wes Anderson, Barry Mendel, John Cameron, Owen Wilson, Paul Schiff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003Q42P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hubert Vigilla on September 14, 2000
Format: DVD
The Criterion edition of "Rushmore" is a phenomenal package that fans of the movie should not be without. But first, the movie itself is a real treat. Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), 10th grade student of Rushmore academy, is involved in playwriting and numerous extra-cirricular activities. The only problem is he faces expulsion due to his lack luster grades. Towards the beginning of the film he comes to admire Mr. Blume, a self made millionaire in a bad marriage played wonderfully by Bill Murray. The two of them become good friends, each displaying a mutual respect for one another, until they both fall for the same woman, a widowed first grade teacher played by Olivia Williams. If anything, this movie shows the hardships of growing up as a teenager and coming to terms with feelings so overwhelming (in this case unrequited love) that you can't deal with them. Funny, poignant, and intelligent, it's an excellent coming of age story highlighted by the incredible performances of all the players. The Criterion DVD is packed with a trailer, a Charlie Rose show segment with both Bill Murray and director/co-writer Wes Anderson, an audio commentary with Wes Anderson, co-writer Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman, "Making of..." documentary, audition footage, and more. Excellent movie, excellent special features. Need I say more?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Weflen VINE VOICE on April 13, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Movie:

Easily Wes Anderson's best movie, this is Wes Anderson "for the rest of us." It is nowhere near as arch or twee as his later movies. It still has his quirky style and music usage, but the characters are actually relatable and the plot is relatively straightforward. It has a number of noteworthy performances, especially the central three, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Olivia Willliams. I've seen it a good ten times in the last 13 years, and it is a rewarding view each time.

The Blu-Ray:

This is an EXTREMELY impressive transfer. Criterion did a fresh 2k scan under the supervision of director Wes Anderson, along with a thorough clean-up of dirt and print damage. Detail is superb both in close-ups and wide-angled shots. Facial detail is outstanding, among the best on the format. So is cloth texture - some of the tweedy and hounds-tooth jackets are amazing. Colors are lush and vibrant but free of any bleeding or over-saturation. Black levels are stout and never waver, but still retain perfect detail near black. Grain is stable, light, and omnipresent. There is no edge enhancement, noise reduction, or anything untoward or artificial. This looks as much like the film as a Blu-Ray can, and I say this having seen it three times in the theater.

I did some comparisons between the Criterion DVD and the Blu-Ray, and the difference is literally like having Lasik surgery or something - practically every shot is crystal clear, and is competitive with the best high definition video out there today. This is not one of those discs where you won't be able to tell the difference between BD and DVD. It is an absolute slam dunk upgrade.

Better still, all of the comprehensive extras and commentary are carried over from the previous disc. So sell it, use it as a coaster, target practice, whatever. There is no need to hang onto it. It has been totally and utterly destroyed in quality by the new Blu-Ray.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bluesy200 on March 2, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wish there were more movies like this one. It's totally off-the-wall, but has intelligence and a warm heart. At first, I wasn't sure if this movie was going to be my cup of tea: The kid and his friends just reek of weirdness.
But, I was hopelessly drawn to them in minutes, and interested in what they were going to do or say.
Bill Murray excels in this movie. Forget "Lost in Translation", THIS film contains his best work. He truly shows an emotional scale that ranges from A to Z.
The supporting oddball characters are mercilessly intriguing. Just when you think they're coming out of left field (or from another planet), they show their humanity. End result: you end up liking them...a lot.
The music is right on target, especially Cat Stevens. The instrumental portions are appropriately playful and memorable.
I loved this movie. It's a masterpiece.
The packaging is superb, and the DVD contains enough bonus material to make this one fine purchase. Yep, it costs a lot, but the old adage is true: You get what you pay for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy D. Stoll on November 28, 2000
Format: DVD
I must confess a bias as Rushmore was already my favorite film after seeing it on the big screen and on video rental. The Criterion Collection DVD, though, has made the best even better. If you love this movie, this disc is a MUST OWN! Feature length commentary, a making-of-documentary, and more provide HOURS of tremendous behind the scenes insight. If you only kind of like the movie, give this a shot. And if you dont like the movie or have never seen it, you are really missing out. Certainly not without critical acclaim, it is my belief that Rushmore never found its niche upon its release, but over the course of five or ten years will become a premiere "cult classic," a term which I guess is a backhanded sort of compliment implying a narrow audience, but that audience (including me) is all the luckier to be a part of it.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson are an incredible writing team and composed one of the few scripts Bill Murray had ever seen that was nearly perfect. (Yes, I learned that in one of the many other extras on the disc.)
Its charming, whimsical, hilarious, bittersweetly romantic, and my favorite film of all time...and Ive seen a lot of them. The Criterion Collection DVD bumped it up from number one on my list to NUMBER ONE on my list.
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