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Mr Holland's Opus [DVD] [1996]

Richard Dreyfuss , Glenne Headly , Stephen Herek    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Patrick Sheane Duncan
  • Producers: Judith James, Michael Nolin, Patrick Sheane Duncan, Robert W. Cort, Scott Kroopf
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007DWRA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,320 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An earnest and sometimes overblown story of a music teacher's impact on those around him, Mr. Holland's Opus is at times a genuinely touching drama in the vein of It's a Wonderful Life. Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) plays an aspiring composer and musician who takes a job teaching music at a local high school to earn money while he composes. But when his wife (Glenne Headley) becomes pregnant, Glenn Holland must put aside his dreams and address the everyday realities of his life, from the melancholy and sometimes tragic fates of his students to the discovery that the son he cherishes is deaf. Building to a highly emotional climax in which the teacher sees the impact he's had on the world around him, Mr. Holland's Opus is a showcase for a fine Oscar-nominated performance by Dreyfuss and an engaging, heartwarming story. --Robert Lane

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Richard Dreyfuss stars as a 1960s musician and composer who uses jazz and rock'n'roll to inspire his music students. The film traces his career up to the modern day, and his aspiration to write a truly memorable piece of music, while also following his attempts to support his family and raise his deaf son.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 18 Dec 2002
A little known feel good movie that makes you feel all warm and tingley (but not sick to your stomach).
Mister Holland's Opus follows the life of an aspiring composer who finds himself teaching high school to pay the bills before his first composition obviously makes him famous. However, as the years go by and his finished composition seems farther away, he manages to inadvertantly touch, inspire, change and mould many of the students that attend his classes.
Think Dead Poets Society without the tragedy.
Truely a little known gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time 'Feel good' movie 6 Dec 2003
Richard Dreyfuss never ceases to amaze me with how versatile he is. In 'Mr Holland's Opus' he portrays the fine quality of one of America's best actors. The movie reaches deep into your emotions. Finding those most sensitive feelings. The relationships between his family and his dream is finely balanced that it makes one experience his frustration as though it was ours. The movie is filled with joy, heatbreak laughter and tears. For me it was one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. Jean Louisa Kelly has only a small part. However she portrays her excellent talent to the full. I would love to see her starring in a modern musical. This girl has so much carisma that she melts your heart. One to buy and keep, so you can watch it over and over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly under-recognised film 16 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the best films; good story, acting and music, so surprise yourself and buy it. Richard Dreyfuss stars as a music teacher, who finds his true vocation, learns to cherish his family and inspire a new generation.
If you enjoy the film as much as I did you'll be pleased to know there's also an excellent sound track available.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The blasé will say that this is one more film on the life and retirement of a good teacher. One more and nothing else. They would be slightly wrong. This film is a lot more interesting and profound than that. First of all it becomes personal and poignant when his own son is discovered to be 90% deaf at birth. For a musician and music teacher tbis is a tragic blow, even if Beethoven became deaf in his life. Then it shows that a good teacher is not supposed to caress the students in the smooth way of things, but he has to be both exacting and demanding on one side and on the other side helpful in the effort the students have to do to eventually come to the pleasure of becoming able to play beautiful music. And it takes a tremendous effort on the teacher’s part to be that inspiring and ruthless guide who will teach rhythm and drumplaying to a black man who will die in Vietnam, sentiment and clarinet playing to the only daughter of a family who has no creative dimension, emotion and how to sing with her heart to a girl who would like to take her music teacher along with her to New York. But furthermore the film is also a vast trip from the sixties to the nineties, from Kennedy to – the unnamed – Clinton, with the Vietnam war at the back, Hair, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Nixon resigning, Ford falling when walking down from a plane, Reagan and his famous Hollywood smile, and of course the severe cuts in education in the mid-nineties that led to dropping all artistic activities from the curriculum of the school. And we could go on and on with levels of meaning that avoid mish-mash sentimentalism. And yet the end is kind of too much. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have your tissues ready! 11 May 2003
By A Customer
A fantastically inspiring and touching film that reminds us all of what really matters in life. What else can I say? Have your tissues ready and enjoy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lisa
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great condition, great delivery and a classic film.

All under-pressure school music teachers should watch this. Highly recommended with a truly lovely ending.
Get the tissues ready.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a life story 4 Jun 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
God how I cried, I also got angry, it brought out so many emotions it hard to say which bit I liked best, a very good film tracking a music teachers life, the high's and the low's this is one film I pull out every month and watch again, I love a good cry. I didn't like Richard Dreyfuss before I watched this film now I don't miss anything with him in. for a music teacher to have a deaf son must have been hard, he thought that he couldn't share his passion with his son, that was wrong of him, but it all worked out in the end, watch it, this is a big recccommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Holland's Opus. 29 Jun 2009
Richard Dreyfuss plays a music teacher sruggling to make ends meet. This film is like a modern day, American "Mr Chips". Great film.
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Everyone at some point in their lives reflect on our value to others; have we been any use to others in our circle of influence. Read more
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Published 3 months ago by Fufa
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favourite film of all time
Mr Holland’s Opus is a wonderful, ‘feel-good’ story about a young man who wants to compose music… but takes a job teaching music in a school to provide a reliable income. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Film review
It is nice to have this DVD so that I can reflect on the music of the film and the man's private ambition
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
this was a very good film and a very good story. Richard Dreyfuss played a very good part, very enjoyable and I recommend it.
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