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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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Brian Turner
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Principal Janet Williams
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Dennis Rausch
Barbara Gonzalez ...
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Jade Yorker ...
DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez ...
Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)
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Naeem Adisa at 9 (as Justin Spaulding)
Zoe Sternbach-Taubman ...
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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50 Violins  »

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Budget:

$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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When Roberta speaks with Brian in her bedroom, she has curlers in her hair. In the next shot, they are gone. See more »

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Isabel Vasquez: [approaching Roberta who is sitting on a bench by herself at lunch after being shunned by other teachers] What's the matter? You got cooties or somethin'?
Roberta Guaspari: Oh, apparently.
Isabel Vasquez: Well, I'll take my chances. Isabel Vasquez, second grade.
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Isabel Vasquez: The violin teacher. I know.
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Unabashedly Feel Good -- But What's Wrong with That?
29 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wes Craven (yes, THAT Wes Craven) directed this inspirational biopic about Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep), who started a music program in an impoverished inner city middle school that eventually went on to win national attention and acclaim.

This film treads awfully close to made-for-T.V. territory, but Streep is such a good actress that she keeps a tight grip on the runaway sentimentality that's always present in the screenplay. But in any case, who cares? This IS a feel good story, and it's a good enough movie that you can simply give in to letting it make you feel good without also making you feel guilty by being suckered.

Grade: B+


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