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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lexi at 5
Nick at 7
Robert Ari ...
Brian Turner
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Principal Janet Williams
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


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.


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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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Roberta Guaspari: This beautiful concert that you've just heard could be the very last concert for the East Harlem Violin Program. The board of education and the district attorney think that music isn't important. But they are wrong! And they're gonna get a *big* fight!
[thunderous applause]
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an inspirational film that will touch everyone
6 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Music Of The Heart" is an awe-inspiring film that contains outstanding performances from every single actor and actress in the film. From Meryl Streep to Angela Bassett and Aidan Quinn to Gloria Estefan as well as the extras, the actors made "Music Of The Heart" a wonderful film.

Meryl Streep is exceptional in the role of the true life violin teacher who deserves most of the credit for this superbly performed film. The way that Along with Angela Bassett, Gloria Estefan and Aidan Quinn, "Music Of The Heart" is a success.

I particularly enjoyed the scene in which her former students came into the classroom to inspire her current students to doing their best in their concert. However, the best part of the whole film was at Carnegie Hall when the children performed in front of their parents and alongside world renownd violinists such as Itzhak Perlman.

Finally, Hollywood has recognized an excellent true story and brought it to the silver screen. I cannot begin to tell everyone what a movie this was to watch. I can't begin to tell everyone that the performances brought out every positive emotion.

Along the same lines as "Mr Holland's Opus," "Music Of The Heart" follows the life of violin teacher, Roberta Gaspiaurdi from the inception of the music program she created.

"Music Of The Heart" is a film that touched my heart and inspired me into really looking inside myself and want to do charity for others. I highly recommend this movie to everyone because it will move, touch, and inspire.

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