Wes Anderson (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Wes Anderson and his co-writer Owen Wilson - who first caught the eye with their low-budget debut Bottle Rocket - score again with this unusual black comedy, which centres around an extremely unconventional teen hero. The boy in question is 15-year-old Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), one of the least popular pupils at Rushmore Academy, who nonetheless runs just about every club and school activity in a megalomaniacal effort to further himself. Schwartzman gives a superbly nerdy performance, but Bill Murray - playing a depressed millionaire - steals every scene in this quirky, edgy and very funny tale of an outsider who just might end up leading all those who laugh at him.


A student causes chaos in an exclusive private school with his temperamental nature - and things go from bad to worse when he develops a crush on a teacher. A wealthy but miserable businessman strikes up a friendship with the troubled teenager, but when he also falls for the same woman, all-out war is declared. Wes Anderson's comedy drama, starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams and Brian Cox.

Cast & Crew

Max Fischer Jason Schwartzman
Herman Blume Bill Murray
Rosemary Cross Olivia Williams
Dr Guggenheim Brian Cox (1)
Bert Fischer Seymour Cassel
Dirk Calloway Mason Gamble
Edward Applebee Owen Wilson
Director Wes Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: Swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 20 Aug 1999
Drama Comedy