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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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Vice Principal Wolters (as W.H. Macy)
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Bobby Tidd
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Sarah Olmstead
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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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Of all the lives he changed, the one that changed the most was his own. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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19 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Querido maestro  »

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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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An old cold storage building that was part of an abandoned fruit cannery in Gresham, Oregon was used for the construction of props (John F. Kennedy High School road sign) The interior and exterior of the apartment they lived in as well as the house seen later in the film. The apartment exterior was recreated after an actual building located in Portland, Or. See more »

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As Iris prepares to speak to the crowd before the final performance, a sign-language interpreter behind her moves into position twice. See more »

Quotes

Principal Jacobs: Mr. Holland, it has come to my attention that you are teaching the students rock and roll.
Glenn Holland: Is this a problem?
Vice Principal Gene Wolters: Is this a problem? Yes, I think so. Our only job is to teach. We cannot teach and the students cannot learn if there is no discipline.
Glenn Holland: Uh... I'm sorry, uh, what exactly is your point, Gene?
Vice Principal Gene Wolters: My point is rock and roll, by its very nature, leads to a breakdown in discipline.
Glenn Holland: Well, what would you like me to do? Deny that rock and roll exists?
Vice Principal Gene Wolters: What I am... What we are saying is that you ...
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Thanks to The Seattle Symphony Orchestra See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

EGO TRIPPIN' (PART TWO)
Written by Paul Huston, Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), Posdnuos (as Kevin Mercer), and Vincent Mason (as Vincent Mason)
Performed by De La Soul
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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A beautiful film...
23 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film was in the movie theater with one of my best friends--both of us musicians. By the time we left, both of us were bawling our eyes out. This film is very touching and well done. Granted, there are accuracy errors (every film has those) and I've noticed several complaints about the music in the final scene (why are people so nitpicky?). I had a band director much like Mr. Holland when I was in middle school, a man who struggled at first as a teacher but soon became a beloved and inspiring director. Every time I watch this film I think of that man, and how he changed my life for the better. It's a movie I can truly relate to.

Okay, enough reminiscing. :P If you want a film that will tug your heartstrings, this is it. Rating 9 out of 10.


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