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Mr. Holland's Opus (1996)

Richard Dreyfuss , Glenne Headly , Oliver Wood , Stephen Herek  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy
  • Directors: Oliver Wood, Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Patrick Sheane Duncan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Hollywood Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 1999
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428352
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Holland's Opus" on IMDb

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Acclaimed star Richard Dreyfuss gives the performance of a lifetime (1995 Academy Award(R)-nominee, Best Actor -- MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS) in this uplifting hit cheered by audiences everywhere! Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) is a passionate musician who dreams of composing one truly memorable piece of music. But reality intrudes when he reluctantly accepts a "day job" as a high school music teacher to support his family. In time, however, Mr. Holland realizes that his real passion is teaching, and his legacy is the generations of young people he inspires. Also featuring Glenne Headly (BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS) and Olympia Dukakis (MAFIA!) -- you're sure to find this electrifying motion picture both entertaining ... and unforgettable!

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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie About Love and Love For Music September 1, 2000
Recent showing of "Music of My Heart" starring Merryl Strepp as a substitute teacher striving to sustain a violin program for low-income kids in New York City reminds me of this all-time favorite classic released back in 1996. The bottom line is love.
Situated in Oregon in the fall of 1964, Glen Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) took up a job as a high school music teacher as his wife became pregant. Holland, now shouldered with added responsibility as a soon-to-be father, a composer, and a teacher, faced the immediate challenge of working with a diverse group of students: the naturally talented, the rebellious, and the physically impaired.
This is a movie about love and love of music. Glenn Holland is the central figure who strives to love his students and family through his devotion to music. Born deaf-toned, the dream of teaching his own son to become an eminent violinist inevitably bursts with much frustration. Glenn Holland is not perfect; in fact, interactions with his students through failures and triumphs gradually refine him to be a loving and well-respected man. Love propels him to reconcile his frustration for his son and breaks the ice in his relationship with his wife.
For over 30 years, this young composer has taught generations of students not only about music, but love, respect, faith, and confidence. The final reunion of his students features orchestration of "American Symphony" to pay the highest tribute to this self-sacrificing teacher.
This is a movie that will move every soul and make everyone's tears roll down the cheek. It's all about love, and love moves. After 4 years since I first watched the premiere, it still touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes when I see it again on my flight to Asia.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Plot, Rich Production January 15, 2000
The quality of Mr. Holland's Opus spreads evenly throughout its plot, its message, and its marvelous appreciation of music and the arts. In fact, this movie delivers both definition and demonstration of music appreciation as a whole, absent of selective bias. Devoid of senseless killings, violence, or notable language, Opus is a family movie without the corny overtones. For many it's a tearjerker.
But Mr. Holland's Opus unfolds an issue. It is a simple plea for an increase in music appreciation among society--particularly our young people. Mr. Holland's career is pressured more and more by the gradual, yet perpetual governmental cuts in school funding for the arts amid the US. In sharp contrast, the movie makes it clear that support for the sports programs in public schools remain firm and solid. Careful to avoid cursing this predicament or hurling insults toward society, this message is rather Hollywood's way of calmly saying, "Take a look," using the common life of an otherwise forgotten music teacher.
The central beauty of the movie is in the character of Mr. Holland himself. He is an ardent yet sensible lover of music. The viewer will find no arrogance or snootiness in Mr. Holland. It's not his style. Instead, Holland's concern for the progressive loss of interest in the arts is voiced simply, directly, and peacefully.
The movie delivers a powerful message through ordeals within his family. Struggling with the hardships of common fate (and some not so common), Holland learns new depths of love and companionship from both his wife and son. He is a man of emotions like anyone else. He looses his temper on occasions. But Mr. Holland is always in control of himself. He deals with pressures to the best of his ability as they occur.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie! December 21, 1999
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I've seen a lot of classic films over my lifetime, but there was something about this movie that made it stand above the rest. Perhaps it was the moving story about a composer who turns to teaching in a high school to pay the bills, but winds up staying there for 30 years through a series of personal tragedies and triumphs. Maybe it was the spectacular cast that includes Richard Dreyfuss in an Oscar nominated turn as the title character, Glenne Headley as his loyal wife, Jay Thomas as his trusted friend, and Olympia Dukakis as the boss he hates and loves. It might have been the realistic way it portrays high school life over thirty years, or the wonderful use of music from different periods to add to the story, or even the way it doesn't stay away from sensitive issues in our world (death, war, the deaf, and the struggles of balancing work and family are all talked about). However, I feel the reason I love this movie so much is because of the realistic way it depicts a man's contributions to the world. The movie shows Glen Holland not as a saint, but as a flawed man who loved music deeply, and managed to pass on his love to some other children. It doesn't seem like much, but as we see in the teary final scene, the small things that Glen Holland did, in their own little way, made the world a better place.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance of a lifetime for Richard Dreyfus November 22, 2003
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Yeah, it's a little overblown and melodramatic, but it's also genuine, beautifully acted, and inspiring. Dreyfus is a music teacher at a local high school. He fancies himself a composer, and he is, but circumstances and fate keep him from devoting himself full time to that pursuit: his wife's unexpected pregnancy and the fact that the child born of that pregnancy is deaf. The end is predictably a rousing and emotional tearjerker - but still, it works just fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerker
I love this movie because it shows a journey of the human heart. We start doing something with little care until it is the only thing we want to do.
Published 16 hours ago by Hillorgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Buy!
I love this movie, it is an excellent example about the dedication a teacher should give to their students. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I love it beautiful and well made. I use every day. I recommend to all to purchase it. It is Ideal for a gift present.
Published 5 days ago by Juan R. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Holland's Opus
This is really a GREAT movie the whole family can enjoy and is real to Life even today. With all the problems students have in our school system today its no wonder parents are... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Hal
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my two favorite-most films ever!
This was a great story about a decent man, with human flaws, yet a deep sense of honor that won out in his life decisions. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ellen M Stock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best teacher movies of our time.
If ever I am allowed to teach teachers how to teach, this video will be a required part of the curriculum. It isn't perfect--nothing is. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ray Timmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you ever played in an orchestra or band in school - this is your...
Richard Dreyfuss absolutely shines in this movie.

If you ever played an instrument in high school, or even grade school - this movie is well worth watching. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Safway Library
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dreyfuss
Classic Dreyfuss. Classic movie. A great feel-good movie about a high school music teacher. Goosebumps feel-good ending. Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tess
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love watching this movie!
It brings back memories of being in high school and how much I enjoyed the English/Drama teacher that was teaching! Read more
Published 1 month ago by allison jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Holland's Opus
Got this movie for my son who loves music and just recently had a son who was born deaf. Love it
Published 1 month ago by Joy Barns
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