'Bottle Rocket' may have been a box-office failure, but it established Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers as exciting new voices in American cinema. While the film holds up today, and Martin Scorsese included it in his top-ten favorite movies of the 1990s, in hindsight a viewer can see Anderson was still struggling to define the distinctive voice his films are known for today.
After setting their debut against a realistic Texas background, the Anderson and Owen Wilson writing duo wanted 'Rushmore' to have a "slightly heightened reality, like a Roald Dahl children's book." That is why Rushmore Academy has the feel of a blissful British prep school meets 'Dead Poets Society.'
To achieve this unique and elite feel, Anderson returned to his high school alma mater, St. John's School in Houston, Texas.
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