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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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Robert Ari ...
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Brian Turner
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Principal Janet Williams
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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)
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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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

After Madonna pulled out of the lead role, Sandra Bullock and Meg Ryan were briefly courted before the part went to Meryl Streep. See more »

Goofs

At the end of Roberta's first week of teaching, Brian visits her apartment to celebrate. When he enters the room, Roberta has just finished putting three large curlers in her hair on the left side. They disappear after the two of them kiss. 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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Soundtracks

Minuet No. 1
Performed by Young Musicians Foundation
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Arranged by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Inc.
By Arrangement with Summy-Birchard, a division of Warner Bros. Publications
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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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