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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

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

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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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19 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$82,569,971 (USA)
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John F Kennedy High School is Grant High School in real life. See more »

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At the school for the deaf the teacher is wearing a behind-the-ear hearing aid. These were not in use at the time depicted in the movie. See more »

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Principal Jacobs: Mr. Holland, it has come to my attention that you are teaching the students rock and roll.
Glenn Holland: Is this a problem?
Vice Principal Gene Wolters: Is this a problem? Yes, I think so. Our only job is to teach. We cannot teach and the students cannot learn if there is no discipline.
Glenn Holland: Uh... I'm sorry, uh, what exactly is your point, Gene?
Vice Principal Gene Wolters: My point is rock and roll, by its very nature, leads to a breakdown in discipline.
Glenn Holland: Well, what would you like me to do? Deny that rock and roll exists?
Vice Principal Gene Wolters: What I am... What we are saying is that you ...
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Saturday Night Fever (1977) scene courtesy of Paramount Pictures See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms (1996) See more »

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VISIONS OF A SUNSET
Written and Performed by Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men)
Produced by Shawn Stockman
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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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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