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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

 -  Drama | Music  -  19 January 1996 (USA)
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A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

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Cast

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Bill Meister
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Principal Jacobs
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Vice Principal Wolters (as W.H. Macy)
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Gertrude Lang
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Louis Russ
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Bobby Tidd
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Rowena Morgan
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Sarah Olmstead
Nicholas John Renner ...
Cole at 6 Years Old
Joseph Anderson ...
Cole at 15 Years Old
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Cole at 28 Years Old
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Adult Gertrude
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Deaf School Principal
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Storyline

Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he can strive to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As Holland discovers 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success. Written by <russell.boyd@dsto.defence.gov.au>

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Of all the lives he changed, the one that changed the most was his own. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csendszimfónia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$92,254 (USA) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$82,528,097 (USA) (26 July 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As a child, Katee Sackhoff was a child extra in this film. She has stated that she hated the experience, but vowed to Richard Dreyfuss that she would work with him again. She ended up playing his daughter in the series The Education of Max Bickford (2001) six years later. See more »

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Quotes

Bill Meister: [pulling Glenn out of the lunch line] Teachers don't wait.
Glenn Holland: Pardon me?
Bill Meister: High school is not a democracy. Teachers don't wait. Bill Meister, phys ed.
Glenn Holland: Glenn Holland. Music teacher.
Bill Meister: Hi.
[Bill hands Glenn a plate of cafeteria food]
Bill Meister: There you go.
Glenn Holland: Oh, my God. What is this?
Bill Meister: It's Monday. It's turkey Spam surprise. You could mortar walls with it. Word of advice: always bring a bag lunch.
Glenn Holland: Where's yours?
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Crazy Credits

Saturday Night Fever (1977) scene courtesy of Paramount Pictures See more »

Connections

Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 29 January 1996 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

COLE'S SONG
Performed by Julian Lennon
Words by Julian Lennon and Justin Clayton
Music by Michael Kamen
Produced by Stephen McLaughlin (as Steve McLaughlin) and Michael Kamen
Julian Lennon appears courtesy of Atlantic Records
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How I wish I had my own Mr. Holland
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful movie. I just watched it and am in awe of Richard Dreyfuss' amazing acting. Only being 15 but an avid music lover myself, I sat there wishing I had a teacher like Mr. Holland that inspired me like so many of the students in the movie, that made learning fun by connecting with the students, by doing everything Mr. Holland did. The stories of the students were real and believable. I connected with the girl that played the clarinet, Gertrude Lang, because sometimes I even feel that I'm never good at anything.

Every person of every age can appreciate and love this movie. At the end, when Mr. Holland's goodbye party was discovered in the gym and he took the stage, I was crying.

What a wonderful movie. History-wise, music-wise, and story-wise.


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