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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Taxi Driver
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Principal Janet Williams
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Dennis Rausch
Barbara Gonzalez ...
Janet's Secretary
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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

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 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 »

Quotes

Roberta Guaspari: [entering Dorothea's house after a stressful rehearsal for a huge concert] Oh, I can't believe I *ever* agreed to do this! You should hear the Bach double. Ha-ha-ha! It's a *complete* disaster!
Dorothea von Haeften: Good morning...
Roberta Guaspari: Good morning. Well, the good news is the tickets are selling like hotcakes. The bad news is, the kids sound like shit...
Dorothea von Haeften: There's more bad news. We've lost the Y.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Marci X (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Now in Marianao
Performed by ¡Cubanismo!
Written by Yosvany Terry (as Yosvany Terry Cabrera)
Courtesy of Hannibal Records, a Rykodisc Label
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A wonderful, wonderful movie for any music-lover, one of the very few I rate "10"!
4 August 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Even though I had been wanting to see "Music of the Heart" for a while now, and I expected to like it, I didn't expect it to be one of my favorites of all time. Which it now is.

Meryl Streep, in the lead role, is nothing short of fantastic. She studied violin virtually every day, for 2 to 4 hours a day, for 3 months because she insisted on doing all her on-screen playing. She was so good that duing warm-up for the Carnegie Hall scene, famous violinists Issac Stern and Jascha Heifitz stood in amazement at how good she was. Watching the movie, I honestly became unaware that she was an "actress" in a movie, and that seldom happens with me.

The most enjoyable scenes were those showing young children make music. And the Carnegie Hall performance, with all those real-world virtuoso violinists, is one of the most moving scenes imaginable, when you consider what had transpired leading up to it.

This movie is based on the real story of a real music teacher in Harlem. It is a wonderful story of how one person through love and persistence can affect so many in such a positive way. This movie, unlike most, will stay with me for a long, long time.


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