157 user 42 critic

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

PG | | Drama, Music | 19 January 1996 (USA)
1:04 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.


4,508 ( 753)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Vice Principal Wolters (as W.H. Macy)
Bobby Tidd
Sarah Olmstead
Nicholas John Renner ...
Cole at 6 Years Old
Cole at 28 Years Old
Deaf School Principal


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. See more »


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Querido maestro  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,254, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Every person in the film that portrayed a deaf person is deaf in real life. See more »


In the shot where the crowd at the parade winces and holds their ears after the fire engine blasts its horn, several people do not react, most noticeably the two little girls in striped red dresses. See more »


Glenn Holland: He couldn't hear. Of all people. Not a thing. And because Beethoven couldn't hear, the thought of him conducting, let alone composing, was pathetic to most people. And so to answer them, he composed and conducted the seventh symphony. Just try to imagine; Beethoven standing on that podium, holding his baton, his hands waving gracefully through the air. The orchestra in his mind is playing perfectly, and the orchestra in front of him, trying desperately just to keep up. There is a story, that in...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Bob and Deliver (2013) See more »


Written and Performed by Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men)
Produced by Shawn Stockman
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A beautiful film...
23 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film was in the movie theater with one of my best friends--both of us musicians. By the time we left, both of us were bawling our eyes out. This film is very touching and well done. Granted, there are accuracy errors (every film has those) and I've noticed several complaints about the music in the final scene (why are people so nitpicky?). I had a band director much like Mr. Holland when I was in middle school, a man who struggled at first as a teacher but soon became a beloved and inspiring director. Every time I watch this film I think of that man, and how he changed my life for the better. It's a movie I can truly relate to.

Okay, enough reminiscing. :P If you want a film that will tug your heartstrings, this is it. Rating 9 out of 10.

62 of 70 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 157 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page