Rushmore (film) A chronicle of a year in the life of 15-year-old student Max Fischer at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his prestigious school, is editor of the school paper, and is involved in practically every student organization. Because of all of his extracurricular activities, he is also one of the worst students in the school. Threatened with expulsion, he begins a new interest–pursuing a first grade teacher. When Max’s tycoon mentor starts an affair with the same teacher, it triggers a war between Max and his friend. Released for one week on December 11, 1998, in Los Angeles and New York for Academy Award consideration, on a limited basis on February 5, 1999, and then nationwide on February 12, 1999. Directed by Wes Anderson. Stars Jason Schwartzman (Max Fischer), Olivia Williams (Miss Cross), Brian Cox (Dr. Guggenheim), Seymour Cassell (Bert Fischer), Mason Gamble (Dirk Calloway), Bill Murray (Mr. Blume). 93 min. Filmed in CinemaScope. Doubling for the fictional Rushmore was St. John’s School in Houston, Texas, the alma mater of director/co-writer Wes Anderson. The public school scenes at “Grover Cleveland” were actually filmed at Lamar High School, across the street from St. John’s. Released on video in 1999.