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Writer (WGA):
Pamela Gray (written by)
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Release Date:
29 October 1999 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
She gave them a gift they could never imagine. They gave the system a fight it would never forget.
Plot:
Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A wonderful, wonderful movie for any music-lover, one of the very few I rate "10"! See more (127 total) »

Cast

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Meryl Streep ... Roberta Guaspari

Cloris Leachman ... Assunta Guaspari
Henry Dinhofer ... Lexi at 5

Michael Angarano ... Nick at 7
Robert Ari ... Supervisor

Aidan Quinn ... Brian Turner

Teddy Coluca ... Taxi Driver

Angela Bassett ... Principal Janet Williams

Josh Pais ... Dennis Rausch
Barbara Gonzalez ... Janet's Secretary

Jade Yorker ... DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez ... Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)

Justin Pierre Edmund ... Bongo Kid
Justin 'DJ' Spaulding ... Naeem Adisa at 9 (as Justin Spaulding)
Zoe Sternbach-Taubman ... Guadalupe at 9
Christopher Lopez ... Adam
Ruben Jared Seraballs ... James
Lucy Nonas-Barnes ... Becky Lamb

Rosalyn Coleman ... Mrs. Adisa
Kevin Miller ... Hall Boy
Hazel Medina ... Alice Crowley (as Hazel J. Medina)

Gloria Estefan ... Isabel Vasquez
Iraida Polanco ... Landlady
Asha Sapp ... Tanisha

Betsy Aidem ... Mrs. Lamb

Julie Janney ... Flight Attendant
Cole Hawkins ... Lawrence at 5
Arthur French ... Ernie

Edmund Wilkinson ... Sheetrock Man
French Napier ... Painter

Socorro Santiago ... Lucy's Mother
Dominic Walters ... Justin Brady

Jean-Luke Figueroa ... Ramon Olivas (as Jean Luke Figueroa)
Sam Fox Royston ... Leonard Hood

Jane Leeves ... Dorothea von Haeften
Eva Loomis ... Vanessa Klein
Melay Araya ... Rachel

Charlie Hofheimer ... Nick at 17

Kieran Culkin ... Lexi at 15
Asease Korankyi ... Shandra Wilson
Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Beverly Wilson

Olga Merediz ... Ramon's Mother
Christian Berreondo ... Ramon's Brother
Leilani Irvin ... Myesha
Sophia Guaspari ... Rosario

Adam LeFevre ... Mr. Klein
Rafael John Alan Hines ... Simon
Jordan Ware ... Kenny
Amanda Muchnick ... Stephanie

Ian Quinlan ... Carlos
Naeem Jones ... Toussaint

Jay O. Sanders ... Dan Paxton
Mateo Gómez ... Ramon's Father (as Mateo Gomez)
Rosalyn Benniman ... Woman at Opus Meeting

Leon Addison Brown ... Mr. Adams
Arnold Steinhardt ... Himself
Scott Cumberbatch ... Lawrence at 15
Majid R. Khaliq ... Naeem Adisa at 19
Molly Gia Foresta ... Guadalupe at 19
Cristina Gómez ... Lucy at 20 (as Christina Gomez)
Omari Toomer ... DeSean at 21

Tarik Lowe ... Teammate #1

Justin Daly ... Teammate #2
Isaac Stern ... Himself
Isaiah Sheffer ... Carneigie Hall Concert Director
Mark O'Connor ... Himself
Michael Tree ... Himself
Charles Veal Jr. ... Himself
Karen Briggs ... Herself

Itzhak Perlman ... Himself
Sandra Park ... Herself
Diane Monroe ... Herself

Joshua Bell ... Himself
Jonathan Feldman ... Himself
Dyllon Rogers ... Horse-Hair Boy
April Davis ... First Grade Girl
Anibal Crooklyn Cuevas ... Frog-Hair Boy
Sam Deutsch ... Violin Student (1988)
Lucy Little ... Violin Student (1988)
Jose Miguel Rojas ... Violin Student (1988)

Andrew Mayer ... Violin Student (1988)
Rebecca Dinhofer ... Violin Student (1988)
Christopher Katrandjian ... Nicholas
Ama Korankyi ... Violin Student (1998)
Chantilly Mariani ... Violin Student (1998)
Thomas Martin ... Violin Student (1998)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ruth Barrie ... Woman shopper (uncredited)
Dara J. Bragg ... Patron (uncredited)

David Chen ... Parent (uncredited)
Bart DeFinna ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Gideon Jacobs ... Headlock Boy (uncredited)

Emily Johnson ... Mother of Student (uncredited)
Gabriella Loutfi ... Violin Student (uncredited)

John P. McGinty ... Naval Officer (uncredited)

Kirby Mitchell ... New Times Reporter (uncredited)
Sarallen ... Old Woman in Tenement Building (uncredited)
Ronald Sylvers ... Parent (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Pamela Gray (written by)

Produced by
Daniel K. Arredondo .... associate producer (as Dan Arredondo)
Stuart M. Besser .... co-producer
Sandy Gallin .... co-producer
Susan Kaplan .... producer
Marianne Maddalena .... producer
Nicholas Mastandrea .... associate producer (as Nicholas C. Mastandrea)
Allan Miller .... producer
Meryl Poster .... co-producer
Walter Scheuer .... producer
Amy Slotnick .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Deming 
 
Film Editing by
Gregg Featherman 
Patrick Lussier 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Bruce Alan Miller 
 
Art Direction by
Beth Kuhn 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
 
Makeup Department
Matiki Anoff .... makeup department head
Mary Cooke .... personal hair stylist: Ms. Bassett
Lisa Hazell .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist: Ms. Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist: Ms. Streep
Nzingha .... makeup artist
Anthony Veader .... hair head department
Debi Young .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tracy McGrath .... executive in charge of production
Jane Raab .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey T. Bernstein .... second assistant director
Joan G. Bostwick .... second second assistant director
Nicholas Mastandrea .... first assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... dga trainee
Bac DeLorme .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gary J. Brink .... set dresser
Kevin Brink .... second dresser
Bonnie J. Brinkley .... assistant art director (as Bonnie Brinkley)
Michael Cavotta .... set dresser
Rocky Claxton .... construction grip
Darian Corley .... art department assistant
Karen Cusick .... art department coordinator
Matt Denicola .... carpenter
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman (as Jerry DeTitta)
Midge Duffy .... assistant property master
Cyd Fenwick .... camera scenic artist
David Flaiz .... construction foreman
Laura G. Gillen .... scenic artist
Janet Rush Green .... scenic artist (as Janet Rush)
Lincoln Harrice .... construction grip (as Lincoln Harris)
Anne Beiser Haywood .... charge scenic
Brent Haywood .... construction coordinator
Duncan Hoxworth .... lead carpenter
Teddy Janicki .... scenic industrial
Autumn Jones .... scenic artist
Nora Kasarda .... art department assistant
Julius Kozlowski .... scenic foreman
Steve Krieger .... set dresser
Ann Miller .... property master
Michael O'Dell Green .... scenic artist (as Mike Green)
David Poses .... carpenter
Chuck Potter .... assistant set decorator
Rob Schmitt .... construction grip (as Robert Schmidt)
Mark Sonderskov .... carpenter
Patricia Sprott .... scenic artist (as Pat Sprott)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Sabrina Wright-Gilliar .... property master (as Sabrina Wright)
Scott Yurko .... camera scenic artist
Iosif Yusupov .... scenic artist
Klara Zieglerova .... assistant art director
Denise Hutniak .... lead dresser (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (as Greg Barbanell)
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
David Boulton .... adr mixer (as Dave Bolton)
Tim Boyle .... pre-record recording engineer
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
G.W. Brown .... supervising adr editor
Jeannette Cremarosa .... dubbing recordist (as Jeanette Cremarosa)
Albert Gasser .... dialogue editor
Rich Green .... foley coordinator
Kimberly Harris .... adr editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Adam Kopald .... sound effects editor
John Kwiatkowski .... dialogue editor
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Piero Mura .... foley editor
Judy Nord .... dubbing recordist
Neil Porter .... dubbing recordist (as Neal Porter)
Terry Porter .... re-recording mixer
Charles W. Ritter .... dialogue editor
Dennis S. Sands .... pre-record recording engineer (as Dennis Sands)
Chris Sparkes .... dubbing recordist (as Chris Sparks)
F. Scott Taylor .... assistant sound editor
Todd Toon .... supervising sound editor
Mark A. Tracy .... first assistant sound editor (as Mark Tracy)
Bill Ward .... assistant sound editor
Scott Weber .... foley mixer
Dan Yale .... foley editor
Jerry Yuen .... cable person
Dean A. Zupancic .... re-recording mixer (as Dean Zupancic)
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Stephen W. Potter .... stage engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Danny Ferrington .... violin special effects designer
Al Griswold .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Tyler Foell .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Nicholas J. Giangiulio .... stunts
Travis Jacobs .... stunts
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Seth Abramson .... playback operator
Liza Alhadeff .... assistant camera
Bill Almeida .... lamp operator (as William Almeida)
Deborah Brozina .... second assistant camera
Daniel Cournoyer .... second company grip
Ralph G. Crowley .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Ralph Crowley)
Richard Dowgin .... rigging grip
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip
Daniel Finn .... construction first company grip (as Dan Finn)
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Zbignew Kuros .... construction second company grip (as Zibgnew Kuros)
Clayton J. Liotta .... Steadicam assistant (as Clayton Liotta)
Chris Lombardozzi .... lighting technician
Jonathan Lumley .... chief lighting technician
Bruce MacCallum .... "a" camera operator
William MacGhee .... lighting technician
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Sean O'Brien .... rigging grip
Michael Papadapolous .... rigging lighting technician (as Michael Papadopolous)
Mike Phillips .... rigging lighting technician
Tom Potoskie .... lighting technician
Sabatino Rea .... grip
Eileen Schreiber .... second assistant camera
Tom Shinn .... lighting technician
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera
Justin Vanson .... grip
John Velez .... chief rigging lighting technician
Bilal I. Wilson .... camera loader (as Billal Wilson)
Josh Wingard .... grip
John Berry .... electrician (uncredited)
Nicole Brait .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Joe Collins .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Andy Day .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Mike Reed .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting associate
Ava Locks Burrows .... extras casting assistant
Phyllis Granat .... extras casting assistant: Carnegie Hall
Sondra James .... adr voice casting: New York
Julie Lichter .... casting associate
Michele Maher .... extras casting coordinator: Carnegie Hall
Carol Ness .... extras casting coordinator: Carnegie Hall
Debbie Sheridan .... extras casting associate
Joni Tackette .... assistant extras casting coordinator: Carnegie Hall
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... key costumer
Chuck Casey .... costume supervisor
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... set costumer
Stephanie Fischette .... costume assistant
Eileen Goh .... set costumer
Christopher Peterson .... assistant costume designer
Frankie Ritacco .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Tina Anderson .... post-production coordinator
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Greg D'Auria .... second assistant editor (as Gregory Alan D'Auria)
Nathan Easterling .... apprentice editor
John Embry .... post-production assistant
Anthony L. Jamison .... apprentice editor: New York (as Anthony Jamison)
Mato .... color timer
Lisa Mozden .... first assistant editor
Alex Renskoff .... apprentice editor
Michael Spenelli .... post-production assistant
Rebeca Troconis .... editorial assistant: New York
 
Location Management
Elizabeth Klenk .... location assistant
Jimmy Price .... location scout
John Robert Reed .... location assistant
Phil Schulz .... assistant location manager
Andrew Slocum .... location assistant (as Andrew J. Slocum)
Gayle Vangrofsky .... location manager
 
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Jason Alexander .... music coordinator
Tom Boyd .... oboe
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Martin Brody .... orchestrator
David Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
Mason Daring .... production music producer
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor (as Debbie Datz)
Lois Dilivio .... production music coordinator
George Doering .... musician
Bill Elliott .... conductor
Elizabeth Finch .... orchestrator
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Frank Gallagher .... orchestrator
Shane Koss .... orchestrator
Ladd McIntosh .... orchestrator
Jill Meyers .... music licensing
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator (as Suzetter Moriarty)
Billy Novick .... orchestrator
Denise Okimoto .... assistant music editor
John Richards .... scoring mixer
Edye Rugolo .... music consultant: Young Musicians Foundation
Gerry Schwartz .... music consultant
David Shacter .... scoring music coordinator
Randy Spendlove .... executive music producer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Booker White .... music preparation (as Booker T. White)
Patti Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor (as Patti Zimitti)
Chris Fogel .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Walt Fowler .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Adam Kay .... music editor (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tom Heilig .... transportation coordinator
Vic Nowak .... transportation co-captain
John Rice Sr. .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mick Abraham .... stage supervisor
Betsy Alton .... assistant production coordinator
Frank Anello .... stand-in: Aidan Quinn
Kristen Autry .... violin recording coordinator
David Baden .... assistant: Mr. Craven
David 'Black Jack' Black .... craft service (as David Black)
Jared Blaut .... production assistant
Brad Carpenter .... production secretary
Marisa Clayton .... dailies assistant: Magno Sound & Video
Caryn Cozzolino .... craft service
Jonathan Craven .... talent coordinator
David Crockett .... production auditor
John R. Cuti .... legal services: minors
Davey Cutler .... craft service
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Rena De Grella .... accounting clerk
Paul D. Fischer .... production secretary (as Paul Fischer)
Collin Fowler .... production assistant
Carolyn Gershenson .... medic
Peter M. Gershenson .... medic (as Dr. Peter Gershenson)
Amelia Gold .... violin teacher
David D. Goldman .... production legal services (as David Goldman)
Karen Gottlieb .... production legal services
Lizz Grant .... production coordinator
Dennis Green .... 24 frame video playback technician
Roberta Guaspari .... violin teacher
Cecil Ham .... production assistant
Susan Humphrey .... animal handler
Julie Janney .... double
Julie Janney .... stand-in
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator
Lauren Klain .... production assistant
Frank Lindquist .... piano teacher: Kieran Culkin
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Shan Lui .... assistant: Amy Slotnick
Bob Luke .... acting coach: children
Raymond Martain .... assistant parking coordinator
Todd Mesher .... title designer: main titles
Meredith Mills-Cavalluzzo .... assistant: Ms. Maddalena (as Meredith Mills)
Don Mink .... post-production accountant
Debra Mintz .... production assistant
Peggy Mulloy .... unit publicist
Pepper O'Brien .... assistant accountant
Murphy Occhino .... production assistant
Myron Odegaard .... construction chief lighting technician
Sandra Park .... violin teacher: Meryl Streep
David M. Perry .... production assistant
Brennan Prevatt .... title designer: main titles
Lance Reisch .... production assistant
Suzanne Santry .... assistant: Marianne Maddalena
Terence Scott .... production assistant (as Terence B. Scott)
Lawrence Shire .... production legal services
Emily Sklar .... assistant to meryl streep
Lynelle Smith .... violin teacher
Elizabeth Speckman .... post-production accountant
Paul Tompkins .... payroll accountant
Joseph Trammell .... 24 frame video playback technician (as Joe Trammell)
Nick Tzavaras .... cello teacher: Charlie Hofheimer
Andrew Vogliano .... assistant: Mr. Craven
Sheila Waldron .... script supervisor (as Sheila G. Waldron)
Annie Wilkinson .... set tutor
Julie Adams .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Steve Lee .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jessica Lichtner .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Bill Platt .... dga observer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Edward R. Abroms .... special thanks (as Ed Abroms)
Laura Ashley .... special thanks
Emilio Estefan Jr. .... special thanks
Kristen Janusis .... special thanks
Osh Kosh .... special thanks
Devin C. Lussier .... special thanks
Laura Lussier .... special thanks
Al Maddalena .... in memory of
Julie Plec .... special thanks
Alix Taylor .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for brief mild language and sensuality
Runtime:
124 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Even though they were cast as husband and wife, Arnold Steinhardt is 24 years older than Jane Leeves.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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: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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Marci X (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
AllegroSee more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful, wonderful movie for any music-lover, one of the very few I rate "10"!, 4 August 2000
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

Even though I had been wanting to see "Music of the Heart" for a while now, and I expected to like it, I didn't expect it to be one of my favorites of all time. Which it now is.

Meryl Streep, in the lead role, is nothing short of fantastic. She studied violin virtually every day, for 2 to 4 hours a day, for 3 months because she insisted on doing all her on-screen playing. She was so good that duing warm-up for the Carnegie Hall scene, famous violinists Issac Stern and Jascha Heifitz stood in amazement at how good she was. Watching the movie, I honestly became unaware that she was an "actress" in a movie, and that seldom happens with me.

The most enjoyable scenes were those showing young children make music. And the Carnegie Hall performance, with all those real-world virtuoso violinists, is one of the most moving scenes imaginable, when you consider what had transpired leading up to it.

This movie is based on the real story of a real music teacher in Harlem. It is a wonderful story of how one person through love and persistence can affect so many in such a positive way. This movie, unlike most, will stay with me for a long, long time.

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