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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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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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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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$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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Director Wes Craven's first and only non-horror/thriller film. See more »

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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 »

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Roberta Guaspari: [after finding out her violin program has just been cut] There's got to be some way we can fight this!
Janet Williams: Fight it for what? I don't have any extra programs I can give them instead.
Roberta Guaspari: Ohhh, I see! After 10 years, after 1400 kids have learned the violin, "this is just an extra program!"
Janet Williams: You know I don't feel that way! And you know *damn* well I've been standing by you all these years! You think I haven't noticed what you've done for these kids?
Roberta Guaspari: Well, then *do* something!
Janet Williams: I have been on that phone for ...
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Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins
Performed by Joshua Bell, Karen Briggs, Jonathan Feldman, Diane Monroe, Mark O'Connor, Sandra Park, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, Isaac Stern, Michael Tree, and Charles Veal Jr.
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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One of the best movies of all time
4 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I happened to be clicking through the channels & this was on. I was instantly hooked mainly because of Meryl (I had heard so much about her). She's so great in this movie. I cried when she cried & I actually felt myself drawn in. Incredible. I could watch this a million times & never tire of it. It is an absolute gem! so you know, Meryl Streep is one of my favourites now!(I can't believe she didn't win!!) The music was great to listen to (The real life musicians were a real bonus)& now I wish I could play the violin! This movie has had a powerful impact on me mainly because I knew it was a true story. If you are looking for a movie about real-life issues you can watch with all your family or alone this is highly recommended. If only Hollywood made more movies like this one.


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