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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.

Director:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Glenn Holland
Glenne Headly ... Iris Holland
Jay Thomas ... Bill Meister
Olympia Dukakis ... Principal Jacobs
William H. Macy ... Vice Principal Wolters (as W.H. Macy)
Alicia Witt ... Gertrude Lang
Terrence Howard ... Louis Russ
Damon Whitaker ... Bobby Tidd
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Rowena Morgan
Alexandra Boyd ... Sarah Olmstead
Nicholas John Renner Nicholas John Renner ... Cole at 6 Years Old
Joseph Anderson ... Cole at 15 Years Old
Anthony Natale ... Cole at 28 Years Old
Joanna Gleason ... Adult Gertrude
Beth Maitland ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Querido maestro See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Although his character Glenn Holland uses rock and pop music in class (and at one point says he "loves it" ) and is also a fan of jazz, Richard Dreyfuss confessed on Inside the Actors Studio that he has always hated Rock and Roll and the one sound that he hates most is "the electric guitar." See more »

Goofs

At the school for the deaf the teacher is wearing a behind-the-ear hearing aid. These were not in use at the time depicted in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Louis Russ: Tubas are for fat guys with pimples.
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Crazy Credits

Saturday Night Fever (1977) scene courtesy of Paramount Pictures See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Dad the Rock Star: Mr. Zilla's Opus (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

ONE, TWO, THREE
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland), John Madara, Dave White and Len Barry (as Leonard Borisoff)
Performed by Len Barry
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Brings back fond memories
12 August 1999 | by Monika-5See 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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