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Mr. Holland's Opus

Mr. Holland's Opus

DVD - 1999?
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A frustrated composer comes to realize that his real passion is teaching and that his legacy is not a truly memorable piece of music, but the generations of young people whose lives he affects.
Publisher: [Burbank, Calif.] : Hollywood Pictures Home Video : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1999?]
ISBN: 9780788816215
Call Number: DVD F MR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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A frustrated musician takes a teaching job to support his family that includes a deaf son (played by Anthony Natale as an adult). He realizes his true legacy is the students he has mentored.

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Dec 22, 2020

It is still endearing movie to watch. It was nice to see how much difference we can make when we are passionate about what we do. We try to matter, but unfortunately everybody is expendable.

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.

Feb 19, 2020

This Movie Is About Importance Of Teachers In Education System.

Feb 14, 2019

As a member of "the band" from 6th grade through my senior year at IU, this one, of course, hit a nerve with me.

Bonus points for an excellent soundtrack!

ArapahoeKati Jan 02, 2019

This movie brought me to tears. When you realize Mr. Holland gives up his dream of writing a symphony only to find a new dream, that really put the concept of "adulting" into perspective.

Jul 13, 2016

This is a very long drawn out soap opera of a movie, that tries to cram in as much melodrama as possible. It gets very tedious and you want it to be over soon. It is all very predictable, the story has no surprises, but the acting saves it from monotony. I watched it as it was a must see, but I would not do so again.

Veepea Apr 26, 2016

I related to this movie very differently as a teenager and an adult. I really hated it as a teenager because I couldn't understand the anger Richard Dreyfuss felt and didn't like the way he treated his family. Now, I can understand why people find it touching: he was someone who was frustrated by sidelining his dream and having his life go in an unexpected direction, but he made the best of it eventually.

Mar 24, 2015

I enjoyed the movie and though I found the father to be absent leaving all the work to the mom when he found out the problem his son had he made up for it in the end, unfortunately by that time his son was already a grown man. Although the movie was about a man who composed music and wondered if it really mattered to others, one has to watch it to realize that the scope that mattered was there in his family.

Mar 20, 2012



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