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Music of the Heart (1999)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music  |  29 October 1999 (USA)
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Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

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Barbara Gonzalez ...
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Naeem Adisa at 9 (as Justin Spaulding)
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Guadalupe at 9
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The true story of a young teacher who fights against the board of education in her bid to teach underprivileged kids in a Harlem school the beauty of music through the violin. In her struggle she loses everything as the system comes down on her with all their might but her determination for the kids happiness helps her to battle back with wonderfully inspirational results. Written by Kryp <capthowdee@hotmail.com>

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She gave them a gift they could never imagine. They gave the system a fight it would never forget.

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG for brief mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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29 October 1999 (USA)  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,653,281 (USA) (29 October 1999)

Gross:

$14,849,583 (USA) (14 January 2000)
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In one of the classroom scenes early in the movie, Streep is shown wearing boots; when the camera comes back to her later in the same scene, she's wearing shoes instead. See more »

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Roberta Guaspari: [after a child in the class was killed in a drive-by] It's okay to cry.
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We Shall Overcome
Traditional, musical and Lyrical adaptation by' Zilphia Horton', Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger]
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Arranged by Mason Daring
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Not her best film
1 August 2001 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

First, I want to say, that Meryl Streep really is the best actress I know. But 'Music of the heart' was surly not as good as 'Sophies choice' or 'The bridges of Madison County'. Of course the film was nice, but the story was not very surprising and I hate this touch of Hollywood, which this film has. All in all he was quite nice.


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