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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 ...
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Nick at 7
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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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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  »

Box Office

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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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 »

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

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.
Roberta Guaspari: Roberta Guaspari, I'm ...
Isabel Vasquez: The violin teacher. I know.
Roberta Guaspari: So is it my imagination, or does *everybody* here hate me?
Isabel Vasquez: Look, it's hard to fit in when you're doing a special program. People figure you're not gonna be here very long, so they don't make the effort. It may take a ...
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Warning! I didn't quite like it....
15 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie last Monday in a sneak preview. Although i was somewhat surprised by the combination of the director (Wes Craven) and the cast (Streep, Estefan, Basset), i liked the beginning of it. But at the time the two boys helped 'mum' through her audition, the one after the other film-cliche got launched(which caused hilarious scenes in the theater i was in). Woman loses husband, woman meets another man (okay it didn't quite work out for her...). A little sideline: Mother of a little afro-american kid doesn't trust her boy's white teacher but changes her mind. Boys start worrying, mother holds her head up high and succeeds. It was mainly the way the story was told, that bothered me. The acting was overall good, but the actors were caught in a very limited screenplay.


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