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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

PG | | Drama, Music | 19 January 1996 (USA)
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A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Glenn Holland
... Iris Holland
... Bill Meister
... Principal Jacobs
... Vice Principal Wolters (as W.H. Macy)
... Gertrude Lang
... Louis Russ
... Bobby Tidd
... Rowena Morgan
... Sarah Olmstead
Nicholas John Renner ... Cole at 6 Years Old
... Cole at 15 Years Old
... Cole at 28 Years Old
... Adult Gertrude
... Deaf School Principal
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Storyline

Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he can strive to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As Holland discovers 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success. Written by <russell.boyd@dsto.defence.gov.au>

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A symphony of life. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Querido maestro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,254, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$82,569,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,269,971
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song young Gertrude Lang learns on the clarinet is "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk. See more »

Goofs

The child "playing" the French horn is holding the horn backwards. The bell should be facing to the right. See more »

Quotes

Glenn Holland: You work for 30 years because you think that what you do makes a difference, you think it matters to people, but then you wake up one morning and find out, well no, you've made a little error there, you're expendable. I should be laughing.
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Thanks to The Seattle Symphony Orchestra See more »

Connections

Featured in If We Picked the Winners (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
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Brings back fond memories
12 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie because I had a fantastic, inspirational teacher in high school that all the students admired and looked up to. Even though I was in high school when this movie came out, I still carry the memories. Nicolas Cage deserved to win his Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, but I still would have loved to see Richard Dreyfuss win. The whole cast was wonderful, and you actually felt like you were in the 60s and 70s, unlike other films set in that time period.

How often does a film come out that generations relate to; and a film so touching about a teacher who cares about his students, and vice versa? Will always be one of my favorite films.


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