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Perfect Harmony (1991)

In a private school in the U.S. South, Mr. Sanders, a new choirmaster tries to reduce some of the prejudice and hostility of some of the students in his choir. Paul, a bully who feels he ... See full summary »

Director:

Will Mackenzie

Writer:

David Obst
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Scolari ... Derek Sanders
Darren McGavin ... Mr. Hobbs
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Miss Hobbs
Moses Gunn ... Zeke, the Caretaker
Justin Whalin ... Taylor Bradshaw
Eugene Byrd ... Landy Allen
David Faustino ... Paul
Casey Ellison Casey Ellison ... Orville
Richie Havens Richie Havens ... Scrapper Johnson
Cleavon Little ... Pastor Clarence Johnson
Jeff Cohen ... Ward
Devin Ratray ... Shelby
Sky Berdahl Sky Berdahl ... Marc (as Sky Ashley Berdahl)
Wallace Wilkinson ... Mayor Macy (as Wallace K. Wilkinson)
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Doctor
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In a private school in the U.S. South, Mr. Sanders, a new choirmaster tries to reduce some of the prejudice and hostility of some of the students in his choir. Paul, a bully who feels he should be lead boy, is the worst offender. Taylor Bradshaw on the other hand is impressed by the music of Landy, a black boy, grandson of Zeke, the school caretaker. Zeke joins in some of the activities of the black community known as River Town. Sanders is also impressed by Landy's abilities and attempts to get him involved with the choir. A tragedy in the community brings the race issue to a head. Written by Jim Brawn <jim_brawn@amuc.mtroyal.ab.ca>

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From Two Different Worlds... Music Brought Them Together!

Genres:

Drama | Family | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the music teacher covers for the boys who are out late, he tells the head of the school that it was a deer he saw in the bushes. The head then comments that there are herds of deer in that area. Berry College, where the movie was filmed, is in fact home to thousands of deer that wonder among the academic buildings and dormitories. See more »

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Excellent lessons
26 November 2018 | by cholland-30660See all my reviews

This movie is actually a lesson I use in 6th grade music class. The essays our students write after this movie show that young people today (in small-town midwest communities) get the message in Perfect Harmony. I use great care and preparation in showing this movie, but the music and culture expressed throughout are worth it. Students appreciate this film, and love the ending. Disney does a good job with the trope, "can music bring people together?".

I'm also careful with the offensive word (volume button). But these hard topics create teachable moments. I'm glad to see in other IMDb reviews that this film sticks with young people for years. In fact, my 8th graders ask if they can see it again. It may be my most important lesson in the semester.


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