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Music of the Heart (1999)

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

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Cast

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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 ...
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DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez ...
Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

50 Violins  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,653,281 (USA) (31 October 1999)

Gross:

$14,859,394 (USA)
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Trivia

Meryl Streep learned to play the violin, by practicing six hours a day for four weeks. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nick at 17: [after looking at many letters answering a fake singles add they secretly put in the paper for their mom] Come on, Mom, obviously a lot of guys are interested in dating you.
Roberta Guaspari: No, a lot of guys are interested in dating *you*! And Lexi!... What did you say about me, anyways?
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Crazy Credits

Please support arts and music education. See more »

Connections

Remake of Small Wonders (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

One Night With You
Performed by C NOTE
Written by Diane Warren
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I love Streep but oh, this movie is a disappointment!
16 May 2000 | by (st louis mo usa) – See all my reviews

Music of my Heart reminds me of the old Judy Garland - Mickey Rooney films

  • Let's Put On a Show! I would watch Streep in anything, but that
doesn't mean she always shows good sense in her selection of films. In particular, this one was a dud - a manipulative, predictable, with-almost-no-redeeming-factor-dud!


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