Last Updated on: May 19th, 2024

Rushmore (Touchstone Movie)

“Rushmore” is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, marking his second feature film. The movie stars Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, a precocious and ambitious student at the prestigious Rushmore Academy. Bill Murray and Olivia Williams also star in the film.

The story centers around Max Fischer, a 15-year-old boy with a passion for extracurricular activities, particularly theater and writing. Despite his lackluster academic performance, Max is deeply devoted to the school and takes pride in his numerous clubs and endeavors.

Max becomes infatuated with his schoolteacher, Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), and embarks on a romantic pursuit that leads to unexpected complications. Meanwhile, he befriends Herman Blume (Bill Murray), a wealthy and disillusioned businessman who becomes entangled in Max’s life and pursuits.

As Max navigates the complexities of relationships and his own coming-of-age challenges, the film explores themes of ambition, friendship, unrequited love, and the nature of adolescence.

“Rushmore” is characterized by Wes Anderson’s distinctive visual style, clever dialogue, and quirky characters. The film’s unique blend of humor and pathos has made it a standout work in Anderson’s filmography, and it has become a cult classic among fans of his films.

Jason Schwartzman’s breakout performance as Max Fischer earned him critical acclaim and contributed to the film’s success. Bill Murray’s portrayal of Herman Blume also received widespread praise, marking a career resurgence for the actor.

“Rushmore” received critical acclaim upon its release, with many praising Wes Anderson’s directing and writing, as well as the performances of the cast. The film’s innovative storytelling and offbeat humor have since influenced a generation of filmmakers and have solidified its status as a touchstone in independent cinema.

With its poignant exploration of adolescence and complex characters, “Rushmore” remains a beloved and enduring film that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.

Additional Details


  • 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
  • Connie Nielsen: Mrs. Calloway
  • Luke Wilson: Dr. Peter Flynn
  • Stephen McCole: Magnus Buchan
  • Kumar Pallana: Mr. Littlejeans
  • Alexis Bledel: Student


  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Producers: Barry Mendel and Paul Schiff
  • Writers: Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson

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