Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams
Plot: Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross.
Bill Murray genuinely found that Keith McCawley and Ronnie McCawley who play his sons, were very much like their screen characters, annoying, and many of the scenes, where he lashes out at them and insults them, were improvised.
On the first day of principal photography, Wes Anderson delivered his directions to Bill Murray in a hushed whisper, so awed was he to be working with the actor. Graciously, Murray deferred publicly to Anderson, helped haul equipment, and when Disney denied a helicopter scene that would have cost seventy-five thousand dollars, he gave Anderson a blank check to cover the cost.
When Bill Murray first read the script, he thought it was so fantastic that he said he wanted to do it so badly he would do it for free.
Like Max Fischer, Owen Wilson who wrote this film was expelled from his prep school in the tenth grade.
The Bentley used in the film was used in exchange for the owner's daughter to appear in the film.
The pictures of Ms. Cross' dead husband in her bedroom are pictures of co-writer Owen Wilson.
Film debut of Jason Schwartzman.
When Ms. Cross and Max feed the fish and talk about deaths of loved ones, Jason Schwartzman (Max) had to stand on boxes so he could be the same height as Olivia Williams (Ms. Cross).
The two schools used as sets in the movie, St. John's School (Rushmore) and Lamar High School (Grover Cleveland) occupy the same city block in Houston, Texas.
Max asks Margaret Yang to remove her glasses, and tells her she looks better without them. While this is a staple of many romantic comedies, it was also used in Rocky (1976), and the girl in glasses was played by Jason Schwartzman's mother, Talia Shire. Max's conversation with the Headmaster, asking to let him stay at Rushmore "for old times' sake," mirrors a similar scene in The Godfather (1972), between Sal Tessio (Abe Vigoda) and Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall). Shire also appeared in that film. Max's play features many similarities to Apocalypse Now (1979) which, like The Godfather, was directed by Shire's brother, and Jason's uncle, Francis Ford Coppola.
The book Max is reading at the beginning of the movie is "Diving for Sunken Treasure" by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who was the main inspiration for Wes Anderson's later film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
In the geometry class Max dreams about during the school chapel/assembly, he solves a problem on the board - this problem is to derive the area of an ellipse by integrating its equation. Not a high school problem, but definitely not the hardest geometry problem in the world.
Elijah Wood auditioned for the role of Max.