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Music of the Heart (1999)

PG  |   |  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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DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez ...
Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)
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Naeem Adisa at 9 (as Justin Spaulding)
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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 <>

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She gave them a gift they could never imagine. They gave the system a fight it would never forget.


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


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,653,281 (USA) (29 October 1999)


$14,849,583 (USA) (14 January 2000)

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The only time in his career that Wes Craven directed an actor to an Oscar nomination. See more »


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


Assunta Guaspari: I was the only one in the coffee shop not speaking Spanish. Boys, lunch!
[loud bang]
Assunta Guaspari: Oh! Gunshots!
Roberta Guaspari: That's a truck backfire, Mom.
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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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Inspiring, Heart-warming Film Thanks To Meryl Streep
22 November 1999 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

Meryl Streep was made for the part of Roberta Guaspari, a woman who is convinced she can teach ghetto chidren to play the violin, one of the most difficult of all instruments to learn. Against all odds, she perseveres to convince the parents of the valuable lessons that can be learned through music. If you liked Mr. Holland's Opus, chances are that you will love Music of the Heart. Meryl Streep makes this movie work although she gets some acting help from Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett and Cloris Leachman. Even though it is a little overly dramatic at times, it still touches you with its message and its spirit.

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