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

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations.
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Roberta
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Assunta
Henry Dinhofer ...
Lexi at 5
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Nick at 7
Robert Ari ...
Supervisor
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Brian
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Taxi Driver
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Janet
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Dennis
Barbara Gonzalez ...
Janet's Secretary
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DeSean at 11
Victoria Gómez ...
Lucy at 10 (as Victoria Gomez)
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Bongo Kid
Justin 'DJ' Spaulding ...
Naeem at 9 (as Justin Spaulding)
Zoe Sternbach-Taubman ...
Guadalupe at 9
Christopher Lopez ...
Adam
Ruben Jared Seraballs ...
James
Lucy Nonas-Barnes ...
Becky
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Mrs. Adisa
Kevin Miller ...
Hall Boy
Hazel Medina ...
Alice (as Hazel J. Medina)
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Isabel
Iraida Polanco ...
Landlady
Asha Sapp ...
Tanisha
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Mrs. Lamb
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Flight Attendant
Cole Hawkins ...
Lawrence at 5
Arthur French ...
Ernie
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Sheetrock Man
French Napier ...
Painter
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Lucy's Mother
Dominic Walters ...
Justin
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Ramon (as Jean Luke Figueroa)
Sam Fox Royston ...
Leonard
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Dorothea
Eva Loomis ...
Vanessa
Melay Araya ...
Rachel
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Nick at 17
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Lexi at 15
Asease Korankyi ...
Shandra
Myra Lucretia Taylor ...
Beverly
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Ramon's Mother
Christian Berreondo ...
Ramon's Brother
Leilani Irvin ...
Myesha
Sophia Guaspari ...
Rosario
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Mr. Klein
Rafael John Alan Hines ...
Simon
Jordan Ware ...
Kenny
Amanda Muchnick ...
Stephanie
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Carlos
Naeem Jones ...
Toussaint
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Dan
Mateo Gómez ...
Ramon's Father (as Mateo Gomez)
Rosalyn Benniman ...
Woman at Opus Meeting
Leon Addison Brown ...
Mr. Adams
Arnold Steinhardt ...
Himself
Scott Cumberbatch ...
Lawrence at 15
Majid R. Khaliq ...
Naeem Adisa at 19
Molly Gia Foresta ...
Guadalupe at 19
Cristina Gómez ...
Lucy at 20 (as Cristina Gomez)
Omari Toomer ...
DeSean at 21
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Teammate #1
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Teammate #2
Isaac Stern ...
Himself
Isaiah Sheffer ...
Carnegie Hall Concert Director
Mark O'Connor ...
Himself
Michael Tree ...
Himself
Charles Veal Jr. ...
Himself
Karen Briggs ...
Herself
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Himself
Sandra Park ...
Herself
Diane Monroe ...
Herself
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Himself
Jonathan Feldman ...
Himself
Dyllon Rogers ...
Horse Hair Boy
April Davis ...
First Grade Girl
Anibal Crooklyn Cuevas ...
Frog Hair Boy
Sam Deutsch ...
Violin Student
Lucy Little ...
Violin Student
Jose Miguel Rojas ...
Violin Student
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Violin Student
Rebecca Dinhofer ...
Violin Student
Christopher Katrandjian ...
Violin Student
Ama Korankyi ...
Violin Student
Chantilly Mariani ...
Violin Student
Thomas Martin ...
Violin Student
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Woman Shopper (uncredited)
Dara J. Bragg ...
Patron (uncredited)
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Parent (uncredited)
Bart DeFinna ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
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Headlock Boy (uncredited)
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Mother of Student (uncredited)
Gabriella Loutfi ...
Violin Student (uncredited)
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Naval Officer (uncredited)
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New Times Reporter (uncredited)
Sarallen ...
Old Woman in Tenement Building (uncredited)
Ronald Sylvers ...
Parent (uncredited)

Directed by

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Wes Craven

Written by

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Pamela Gray ... (written by)

Produced by

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Daniel K. Arredondo ... associate producer (as Dan Arredondo)
Stuart M. Besser ... co-producer
Sandy Gallin ... co-producer
Susan Kaplan ... producer
Marianne Maddalena ... producer
Nicholas Mastandrea ... associate producer (as Nicholas C. Mastandrea)
Allan Miller ... producer
Meryl Poster ... co-producer
Walter Scheuer ... producer
Amy Slotnick ... executive producer
Bob Weinstein ... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein ... executive producer

Music by

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Mason Daring

Cinematography by

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Peter Deming

Film Editing by

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Gregg Featherman
Patrick Lussier

Editorial Department

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Tina Anderson ... post-production coordinator
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Greg D'Auria ... second assistant editor (as Gregory Alan D'Auria)
Nathan Easterling ... apprentice editor
John Embry ... post-production assistant
Devin Galaudet ... assistant editor
Anthony L. Jamison ... apprentice editor: New York (as Anthony Jamison)
Mato ... color timer
Lisa Mozden ... first assistant editor
Alex Renskoff ... apprentice editor
Michael Spenelli ... post-production assistant
Rebeca Troconis ... editorial assistant: New York

Casting By

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Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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Bruce Alan Miller

Art Direction by

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Beth Kuhn

Set Decoration by

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George DeTitta Jr.
Nancy Gilliar ... (props)

Costume Design by

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Susan Lyall

Makeup Department

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Matiki Anoff ... makeup department head
Mary Cooke ... personal hair stylist: Ms. Bassett
Lisa Hazell ... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland ... hair stylist: Ms. Streep / makeup artist: Ms. Streep
Nzingha ... makeup artist
Anthony Veader ... hair head department
Debi Young ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Tracy McGrath ... executive in charge of production
Jane Raab ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jeffrey T. Bernstein ... second assistant director
Joan G. Bostwick ... second second assistant director
Nicholas Mastandrea ... first assistant director
Kurt Uebersax ... dga trainee
Bac DeLorme ... additional second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gary J. Brink ... set dresser
Kevin Brink ... second dresser
Bonnie J. Brinkley ... assistant art director (as Bonnie Brinkley)
Michael Cavotta ... set dresser
Rocky Claxton ... construction grip
Darian Corley ... art department assistant
Karen Cusick ... art department coordinator
Matt Denicola ... carpenter
Gerald DeTitta ... leadman (as Jerry DeTitta)
Midge Duffy ... assistant property master
Cyd Fenwick ... camera scenic artist
David Flaiz ... construction foreman
Laura G. Gillen ... scenic artist
Janet Rush Green ... scenic artist (as Janet Rush)
Lincoln Harrice ... construction grip (as Lincoln Harris)
Anne Beiser Haywood ... charge scenic
Brent Haywood ... construction coordinator
Duncan Hoxworth ... lead carpenter
Teddy Janicki ... scenic industrial
Autumn Jones ... scenic artist
Nora Kasarda ... art department assistant
Julius Kozlowski ... scenic foreman
Steve Krieger ... set dresser
Ann Miller ... property master
Michael O'Dell Green ... scenic artist (as Mike Green)
David Poses ... carpenter
Chuck Potter ... assistant set decorator
Rob Schmitt ... construction grip (as Robert Schmidt)
Mark Sonderskov ... carpenter
Patricia Sprott ... scenic artist (as Pat Sprott)
Joan Winters ... graphic designer
Sabrina Wright-Gilliar ... property master (as Sabrina Wright)
Scott Yurko ... camera scenic artist
Iosif Yusupov ... scenic artist
Klara Zieglerova ... assistant art director
Denise Hutniak ... lead dresser (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist (as Greg Barbanell)
Michael Barosky ... sound mixer
David Boulton ... adr mixer (as Dave Bolton)
Tim Boyle ... pre-record recording engineer
Patricia Brolsma ... boom operator
G.W. Brown ... supervising adr editor
Jeannette Cremarosa ... dubbing recordist (as Jeanette Cremarosa)
Albert Gasser ... dialogue editor
Rich Green ... foley coordinator
Kimberly Harris ... adr editor
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Adam Kopald ... sound effects editor
John Kwiatkowski ... dialogue editor
Laura Macias ... foley artist
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Piero Mura ... foley editor
Judy Nord ... dubbing recordist
Neil Porter ... dubbing recordist (as Neal Porter)
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Charles W. Ritter ... dialogue editor
Dennis S. Sands ... pre-record recording engineer (as Dennis Sands)
Chris Sparkes ... dubbing recordist (as Chris Sparks)
F. Scott Taylor ... assistant sound editor
Todd Toon ... supervising sound editor
Mark A. Tracy ... first assistant sound editor (as Mark Tracy)
Bill Ward ... assistant sound editor
Scott Weber ... foley mixer
Dan Yale ... foley editor
Jerry Yuen ... cable person
Dean A. Zupancic ... re-recording mixer (as Dean Zupancic)
Paul J. Zydel ... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Stephen W. Potter ... stage engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Danny Ferrington ... violin special effects designer
Al Griswold ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Tyler Foell ... digital artist

Stunts

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Peter Bucossi ... stunt coordinator
Nicholas J. Giangiulio ... stunts
Travis Jacobs ... stunts
Derrick Simmons ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard Seth Abramson ... playback operator
Liza Alhadeff ... assistant camera
Bill Almeida ... lamp operator (as William Almeida)
Deborah Brozina ... second assistant camera
Daniel Cournoyer ... second company grip
Ralph G. Crowley ... assistant chief lighting technician (as Ralph Crowley)
Richard Dowgin ... rigging grip
Robert K. Feldmann ... key grip
Daniel Finn ... construction first company grip (as Dan Finn)
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
Zbignew Kuros ... construction second company grip (as Zibgnew Kuros)
Clayton J. Liotta ... Steadicam assistant (as Clayton Liotta)
Chris Lombardozzi ... lighting technician
Jonathan Lumley ... chief lighting technician
Bruce MacCallum ... "a" camera operator
William MacGhee ... lighting technician
Rick Marroquin ... dolly grip
Jim McConkey ... steadicam operator
Sean O'Brien ... rigging grip
Michael Papadapolous ... rigging lighting technician (as Michael Papadopolous)
Mike Phillips ... rigging lighting technician
Tom Potoskie ... lighting technician
Sabatino Rea ... grip
Eileen Schreiber ... second assistant camera
Tom Shinn ... lighting technician
Chris Silano ... first assistant camera
Justin Vanson ... grip
John Velez ... chief rigging lighting technician
Bilal I. Wilson ... camera loader (as Billal Wilson)
Josh Wingard ... grip
John Berry ... electrician (uncredited)
Nicole Brait ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Joe Collins ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Andy Day ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Mike Reed ... rigging electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Beth Bowling ... casting associate
Ava Locks Burrows ... extras casting assistant
Phyllis Granat ... extras casting assistant: Carnegie Hall
Sondra James ... adr voice casting: New York
Julie Lichter ... casting associate
Michele Maher ... extras casting coordinator: Carnegie Hall
Carol Ness ... extras casting coordinator: Carnegie Hall
Debbie Sheridan ... extras casting associate
Joni Tackette ... assistant extras casting coordinator: Carnegie Hall

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jill E. Anderson ... key costumer
Chuck Casey ... costume supervisor
Elizabeth Feldbauer ... set costumer
Stephanie Fischette ... costume assistant
Eileen Goh ... set costumer
Christopher Peterson ... assistant costume designer
Frankie Ritacco ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Elizabeth Klenk ... location assistant
Jimmy Price ... location scout
John Robert Reed ... location assistant
Phil Schulz ... assistant location manager (as Philip Schulz) / assistant location manager
Andrew Slocum ... location assistant (as Andrew J. Slocum)
Gayle Vangrofsky ... location manager

Music Department

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Bill Abbott ... music editor
Jason Alexander ... music coordinator
Sharon Boyle ... music supervisor
Martin Brody ... orchestrator
Mason Daring ... production music producer
Debbi Datz-Pyle ... orchestra contractor (as Debbie Datz)
Lois Dilivio ... production music coordinator
Bill Elliott ... conductor
Elizabeth Finch ... orchestrator
Bruce Fowler ... orchestrator
Frank Gallagher ... orchestrator
Shane Koss ... orchestrator
Ladd McIntosh ... orchestrator
Jill Meyers ... music licensing
Yvonne S. Moriarty ... orchestrator (as Suzetter Moriarty)
Billy Novick ... orchestrator
Denise Okimoto ... assistant music editor
John Richards ... scoring mixer
Edye Rugolo ... music consultant: Young Musicians Foundation
David Shacter ... scoring music coordinator
Randy Spendlove ... executive music producer
Booker White ... music preparation (as Booker T. White)
Patti Zimmitti ... orchestra contractor (as Patti Zimitti)
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe (uncredited)
David Campbell ... conductor (uncredited) / music arranger (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Chris Fogel ... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Walt Fowler ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Adam Kay ... music editor (uncredited)
Frank Macchia ... music preparation (uncredited)
Jay B. Richardson ... music editor (uncredited)
Gerry Schwartz ... music consultant (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Tom Heilig ... transportation coordinator
Vic Nowak ... transportation co-captain
John Rice Sr. ... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)

Other crew

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Mick Abraham ... stage supervisor
Betsy Alton ... assistant production coordinator
Frank Anello ... stand-in: Aidan Quinn
Kristen Autry ... violin recording coordinator
David Baden ... assistant: Mr. Craven
David 'Black Jack' Black ... craft service (as David Black)
Jared Blaut ... production assistant
Brad Carpenter ... production secretary
Marisa Clayton ... dailies assistant: Magno Sound & Video
Caryn Cozzolino ... craft service
Jonathan Craven ... talent coordinator
David Crockett ... production auditor
John R. Cuti ... legal services: minors
Davey Cutler ... craft service
Robert Dawson ... title designer
Rena De Grella ... accounting clerk
Paul D. Fischer ... production secretary (as Paul Fischer)
Collin Fowler ... production assistant
Carolyn Gershenson ... medic
Peter M. Gershenson ... medic (as Dr. Peter Gershenson)
Amelia Gold ... violin teacher
David D. Goldman ... production legal services (as David Goldman)
Karen Gottlieb ... production legal services
Lizz Grant ... production coordinator
Dennis Green ... 24 frame video playback technician
Roberta Guaspari ... violin teacher
Cecil Ham ... production assistant
Susan Humphrey ... animal handler
Julie Janney ... double / stand-in
Jon M. Johnson ... parking coordinator
Lauren Klain ... production assistant
Frank Lindquist ... piano teacher: Kieran Culkin
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Shan Lui ... assistant: Amy Slotnick
Bob Luke ... acting coach: children
Raymond Martain ... assistant parking coordinator
Todd Mesher ... title designer: main titles
Meredith Mills-Cavalluzzo ... assistant: Ms. Maddalena (as Meredith Mills)
Don Mink ... post-production accountant
Debra Mintz ... production assistant
Peggy Mulloy ... unit publicist
Pepper O'Brien ... assistant accountant
Murphy Occhino ... production assistant
Myron Odegaard ... construction chief lighting technician
Sandra Park ... violin teacher: Meryl Streep
David M. Perry ... production assistant
Brennan Prevatt ... title designer: main titles
Lance Reisch ... production assistant
Suzanne Santry ... assistant: Marianne Maddalena
Terence Scott ... production assistant (as Terence B. Scott)
Lawrence Shire ... production legal services
Emily Sklar ... assistant to meryl streep
Lynelle Smith ... violin teacher
Elizabeth Speckman ... post-production accountant
Paul Tompkins ... payroll accountant
Joseph Trammell ... 24 frame video playback technician (as Joe Trammell)
Nick Tzavaras ... cello teacher: Charlie Hofheimer
Andrew Vogliano ... assistant: Mr. Craven
Sheila Waldron ... script supervisor (as Sheila G. Waldron)
Annie Wilkinson ... set tutor
Julie Adams ... dialect coach (uncredited)
Steve Lee ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jessica Lichtner ... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Bill Platt ... dga observer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Edward R. Abroms ... special thanks (as Ed Abroms)
Laura Ashley ... special thanks
Emilio Estefan Jr. ... special thanks
Kristen Janusis ... special thanks
Osh Kosh ... special thanks
Devin C. Lussier ... special thanks
Laura Lussier ... special thanks
Al Maddalena ... in memory of
Julie Plec ... special thanks
Alix Taylor ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines She gave them a gift they could never imagine. They gave the system a fight it would never forget. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 50 Violins (United States)
  • Music of My Heart (United States)
  • Fiddlefest (United States)
  • La musique de mon coeur (France)
  • Música del corazón (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Budget $27,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,653,281, 31 Oct 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia Meryl Streep learned to play the violin, by practicing six hours a day for four weeks. See more »
Goofs At the end of Roberta's first week of teaching, Brian visits her apartment to celebrate. When he enters the room, Roberta has just finished putting three large curlers in her hair on the left side. They disappear after the two of them kiss. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Music of the Heart/House on Haunted Hill/Being John Malkovich/Princess Mononoke (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Turn the Page See more »
Crazy Credits Please support arts and music education. See more »
Quotes Roberta Guaspari: [entering Dorothea's house after a stressful rehearsal for a huge concert] Oh, I can't believe I *ever* agreed to do this! You should hear the Bach double. Ha-ha-ha! It's a *complete* disaster!
Dorothea von Haeften: Good morning...
Roberta Guaspari: Good morning. Well, the good news is the tickets are selling like hotcakes. The bad news is, the kids sound like shit...
Dorothea von Haeften: There's more bad news. We've lost the Y.
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