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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
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Cole at 15 Years Old
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Cole at 28 Years Old
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Adult Gertrude
Beth Maitland ...
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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Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. 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:

Mr. Holland's Opus  »

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 »

Goofs

In the Gershwin revue audition scene, Mr. Holland is genuinely surprised and impressed by Rowena's talent and asks her name. However, in the later diner scene, Rowena explains that she loved being in his classes and in the scene where Iris sees her name in the program, she had been in the earlier school production of "My Fair Lady." It is highly unlikely then, that Mr. Holland would have no idea who she is. See more »

Quotes

Louis Russ: Tubas are for fat guys with pimples.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

ONE, TWO, THREE
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland), John Madara, David White and Len Barry (as Leonard Borisoff)
Performed by Len Barry
Courtesy of MCA Records
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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.


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