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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

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


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Principal Helen Jacobs
Gertrude Lang
Louis Russ
Bobby Tidd - Student
Rowena Morgan
Sarah Olmstead
Nicholas John Renner ...
Cole at 6 Years Old
Cole at 15 Years Old
Cole at 28 Years Old
Governor Gertrude Lang
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>

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


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Querido maestro  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$82,528,097 (USA) (26 July 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Composer Michael Kamen was so inspired by the story told in this film that he started a non-profit organization dedicated to providing musical instruments to underprivileged students. See more »


Ray Charles' "I've Got A Woman" was released by Atlantic Records. See more »


[at the burial service for Louis Russ, who was killed during his service in the war]
Glenn Holland: You alright?
Bill Meister: Yeah. We know too many of these kids...
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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 »


Featured in If We Picked the Winners (1996) See more »


Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Excellent film, with even better music
6 May 1999 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Richard Dreyfuss is outstanding (as is the whole cast) in this thoroughly enjoyable film. I really liked it the first time, but with repeated viewings, I'd say that this film got even better. It's a little predictable, but so what? For me, it was impossible not to care about these characters, and the ending was the perfect heartwarming note to go out on. It was rather funny as well, but my favourite thing about this movie was the music. It seems only fitting, considering the importance of music to this film, that it would have a great number of songs, but I was astonished by how much I LOVED the music in this movie. All-in-all, this was a completely satisfying film, and I would call it a must-see.

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