Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) Poster


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Every person in the film that portrayed a deaf person is deaf in real life.
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.
An old cold storage building that was part of an abandoned fruit cannery in Gresham, Oregon was used for the construction of props (John F. Kennedy High School road sign) The interior and exterior of the apartment they lived in as well as the house seen later in the film. The apartment exterior was recreated after an actual building located in Portland, Or.
The song young Gertrude Lang learns on the clarinet is "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk.
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.
Jean Louisa Kelly, who plays Rowena, did all her own singing & dancing she is in fact a trained singer, dancer, and actress. In addition to movies she has done a number of stage productions including Playing Snow White the understudy for Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods.
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During the scene where Mr. Holland's son, Cole, is working on the car in the garage, a bumper sticker for KCAW Raven Radio in Sitka Alaska, can be seen in the background.
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Richard Dreyfuss plays a husband and teacher whose first name is "Glenn." It is interesting to note that the actual first name of the actress who plays his wife is "Glenne."
Balthazar Getty, who plays the young Mr. Stadler, is uncredited.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The sign that Cole gives to Mr. Holland (his father) just before he conducts the symphony at the end of the film means "I love you".
Near the film's conclusion the piecemeal orchestra, made up of former students of Mr Holland, plays his long awaited composition. As Mr Holland demonstrates throughout the film, he is a great admirer of John Lennon, so it is only fitting that the very last note played in his piece of music is exactly the same struck piano chord heard in the Beatles, "A Day in the Life" (although The Beatles chord is an E Major while the Mr. Holland chord appears to be an F Major).

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