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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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Henry Dinhofer ...
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Nick at 7
Robert Ari ...
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Brian Turner
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Principal Janet Williams
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Dennis Rausch
Barbara Gonzalez ...
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DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez ...
Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)
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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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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

Michael Angarano also learned the violin for his role. He still plays today. 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: [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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Soundtracks

Music of My Heart
Performed by Gloria Estefan and *NSYNC
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by David Foster for Chartmaker, Inc.
Courtesy of The Time Warner Music Group
Mixed by Mick Guzauski (as Mike Guzauski)
Gloria Estefan appears courtesy of Epic Records
*NSYNC appears courtesy of BMG Entertainment / Trans Continental Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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