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Music of the Heart (1999)

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writer:

Pamela Gray

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Roberta Guaspari
Cloris Leachman ... Assunta Guaspari
Henry Dinhofer Henry Dinhofer ... Lexi at 5
Michael Angarano ... Nick at 7
Robert Ari Robert Ari ... Supervisor
Aidan Quinn ... Brian Turner
Teddy Coluca ... Taxi Driver
Angela Bassett ... Principal Janet Williams
Josh Pais ... Dennis Rausch
Barbara Gonzalez Barbara Gonzalez ... Janet's Secretary
Jade Yorker ... DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez Victoria Gómez ... Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)
Justin Pierre Edmund ... Bongo Kid
Justin 'DJ' Spaulding Justin 'DJ' Spaulding ... Naeem Adisa at 9 (as Justin Spaulding)
Zoe Sternbach-Taubman Zoe Sternbach-Taubman ... Guadalupe at 9
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Storyline

The true story of a young teacher who fights against the board of education in her bid to teach underprivileged kids in a Harlem school the beauty of music through the violin. In her struggle she loses everything as the system comes down on her with all their might but her determination for the kids happiness helps her to battle back with wonderfully inspirational results. Written by Kryp <capthowdee@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

She gave them a gift they could never imagine. They gave the system a fight it would never forget.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

50 Violins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,653,281, 31 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,859,394
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Roberta was originally given to Madonna. See more »

Goofs

When Roberta speaks with Brian in her bedroom, she has curlers in her hair. In the next shot, they are gone. See more »

Quotes

Roberta Guaspari: [to her students right before a big concert] I want you all to take a second and just... breathe. Deep breaths. Now listen to me. I want you all to play from your heart. Forget about the audience, watch me, you'll do just fine. Just play from here.
[puts hand over her heart]
Roberta Guaspari: Okay?
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Featured in The Directors: The Films of Wes Craven (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Music of My Heart
Performed by Gloria Estefan and *NSYNC
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by David Foster for Chartmaker, Inc.
Courtesy of The Time Warner Music Group
Mixed by Mick Guzauski (as Mike Guzauski)
Gloria Estefan appears courtesy of Epic Records
*NSYNC appears courtesy of BMG Entertainment / Trans Continental Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Wes Craven? Are you kidding me?
3 August 2005 | by NumberOnePhantomFanSee all my reviews

I really liked this movie. It's constantly on TV, and I don't get tired of it. Meryl Streep should have won the Academy Award, and I was mad she didn't. She did a fantastic job for the role she was given. Not only did I find her great, but I was very pleasantly surprised to find out it was her playing the violin! The entire cast plays their own violins! That is so cool! It's so surprising as well. What else is surprising is that Wes Craven did this movie. Wes Craven, the director of such crappy movies as Cursed and Dracula 2001. Amazing, Wes Craven can actually do good movies unlike the crappy horror movies that you go to the ticket booths for your money back afterwards. Bravo!


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