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Music of the Heart (1999)

 -  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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Henry Dinhofer ...
Lexi at 5
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Nick at 7
Robert Ari ...
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Brian Turner
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Principal Janet Williams
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Dennis Rausch
Barbara Gonzalez ...
Janet's Secretary
Jade Yorker ...
DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez ...
Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)
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Bongo Kid
Justin 'DJ' Spaulding ...
Naeem Adisa at 9 (as Justin Spaulding)
Zoe Sternbach-Taubman ...
Guadalupe at 9
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Storyline

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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50 Violins  »

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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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Trivia

Many of the children featured in this film are actual students of Ms. Tvaraz and were actually with her during the events (including the Carnegie Hall Extravaganza) that led to the establishment of the Opus 118 East Harlem Violin Program that helped to support Roberta in the public school system. See more »

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In the very opening sequence, Roberts picks up a picture with her right hand, and holds the picture in the middle of the edge. In the next cut, her fingers have move from the top corner to the middle. Then when she goes to tear it, she moves her right hand first, but in the next cut, her left hand is at the top of the photo. 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.
Ramon Olivas: Not for a man.
Roberta Guaspari: My boys still cry. And they're big, strong young men now. And I'll betcha Justin's daddy cried.
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Performed by Aaliyah
Written by Guy Roche and Shelly Peiken
Produced and Arranged by Guy Roche
Mixed by Mick Guzauski
Arranged, orchestrated & conducted by David Campbell
Aaliyah appears courtesy of Blackground Entertainment, Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Outstanding biopic about one of the bravest teachers of all time
19 January 2006 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

MUSIC OF THE HEART, in my opinion, is an outstanding biopic about one of the bravest teachers of all time. The performances were smashing, the soundtrack was great, and the casting was just right. Anyway, if you ask me, it was brave of Roberta (Meryl Streep) to take a stand to keep the music program in all Harlem schools. I would probably take a stand myself if I were in her shoes. In conclusion, if you are a die-hard fan of Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, or Angela Bassett, I heartily recommend this outstanding biopic about one of the bravest teachers of all time. You're in for a real treat and a good time, so don't miss this one.


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