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
The song young Gertrude Lang learns on the clarinet is "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk. See more »
Mr. Holland's piano-playing does not matching the audio track in several places. See more »
[Iris is translating Cole's signing for Glenn]
Why do you assume that John Lennon's death would mean nothing to me? Do you think I'm stupid? I know who John Lennon is.
[Glenn turns to Iris]
I never said that he...
[Iris continues translating]
I cant read your lips if you don't look at me.
[Glenn looks back at Cole]
I never said you were stupid
You must think so. If you think I don't know who The Beatles are or any music at all. You think I don't care about what it is you do or what you love? You're...
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The producers wish to thank: Alain Levy; Michael Kuhn; Portland Public Schools; Grant High School, Portland, Oregon (Pricipal: Darryl Tucker); The Christie School Marylurst, Oregon. See more »
I love this movie because I had a fantastic, inspirational teacher in high school that all the students admired and looked up to. Even though I was in high school when this movie came out, I still carry the memories. Nicolas Cage deserved to win his Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, but I still would have loved to see Richard Dreyfuss win. The whole cast was wonderful, and you actually felt like you were in the 60s and 70s, unlike other films set in that time period.
How often does a film come out that generations relate to; and a film so touching about a teacher who cares about his students, and vice versa? Will always be one of my favorite films.
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