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Music of the Heart [DVD]

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,407 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Single mother Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep) has achieved amazing results teaching violin to tough inner-city kids. However, despite her success, the latest round of budget cuts have decreed that her music programme will have to be shut down. A concerted effort to keep the project alive ensues, driven by both fellow staff and the students whose lives Guaspari has touched.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2009
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This movie based on a true story is a heart warming tale of survival when the chips are down, the role of music in our lives and the incredible ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity.

Meryl Streep plays Roberta, a music teacher married to a naval officer with two children. Emotionally vulnerable and dependent on her lying cheating navy husband, she was terribly devasted when he called to say he was leaving her permanently for one of her friends. . She even believed it was her fault, promised to change but he was never coming back. Jobless and living with her mum back in the states (New York) from Greece (their last naval base), she had to start picking up the pieces of her life. When she ran into an old school friend at a supermarket, her life took a turn for the better, he introduced her to the principal of an inner city school with hope of getting her hired as a teacher in the school. It was not easy but through determination and hard work, Roberta proved herself and was given an opportunity to teach in a special programme meaning that she was not tenured and her job could be lost if the budget for the special-programme was cut. Through determination, hard work and sheer strength of will, Roberta survived difficult parents, antagonistic colleagues and difficulties at home raising two boys without a father to put together a successful music programme for this school. 10 years later she had set up a music programme covering three schools, with so many students having graduated from the programme and gone on to higher musical education in renowned Colleges and Universities. Then the school board decided to cut the budget as they felt music education was a luxury they could not afford.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan 2003
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This is a wonderful and heartwarming film taken from actual events and brought to life by the marvelous Meryl Streep. It is sentimental to be sure, but also an inspiration and a reminder to not give up on kids. Once exposed to the arts and finding a sense of accomplishment in their success children will carry this over into other areas of life as well. It is a message that is at once good, and true. It is brought nicely to the forefront in this very underrated Wes Craven film that boasts a terrific cast and an uplifting story of hope.
Meryl Streep is Roberta Guaspari, given a chance to teach violin to some kids in east harlem in New York as a substitute by principal Janet Williams (Angela Bassett). She is a single mother with two boys of her own and initially has to provide the instruments for the children herself. Though some of the parents can't see how playing the violin will be of any use to their children she pushes forward with a little encouragement from teachers like Isabel Vasquez (Gloria Estefan) and the response of her students.
She is demanding of her pupils, which rubs both them and their parents the wrong way at first. But as time goes on and she adjusts to them and they begin to know her the program takes on a life of it's own, giving the kids a sense of accomplishment and the ability to dream of something better in their lives. As the years pass the program becomes well known and is a shining point to a school system that is not always equipped to deal with the number of children as compared to the number of good teachers.
Roberta's boyfriend Brian (Aidan Quinn) can not see Roberta's true worth and she finally lets the relationship drop and concentrates on her kids.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Howard on 14 Mar 2009
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Meryl plays the role of Roberta, a woman whose life is turned upside down in the opening sequences of the film when her husband and father of her two boys, leaves her for a family friend.
The film explores the journey of a woman trying to reconstruct her life, ably spurred on by her mother (played by Cloris Leechman). It's a bumby journey that through a chance encounter with an old school friend in store where she's working, leads her back to a childhood dream of teaching music - specifically the violin.
She starts a violin program in a New York school which quickly spreads throughout neighbouring schools - for ten years she helped young boys and girls from deprived neighbourhoods realise that they could actually do something with their lives - then the budget was cut!
Roberta takes up the fight to keep the program going and in doing so finally makes the break with her past.
Meryl is simply brilliant in portrayal of Roberta and brings great depth to the character, the simply stellar cast is well put together; the script is well written and incorporates fantastic joyful, even funny moments alongside the tormoil of an innocent party in a marriage breakdown.
I owned this film on VHS, but hey, I dont' even have a tape machine anymore! So when I saw this on DVD I just had to have a copy.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this film to all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov 2000
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Music Of The Heart tells an inspirational true story of one woman's vision to give kids in Harlem the gift of music. Before you switch off and think 'Channel 5 movie hell'- this film is lifted by the central performance from Meryl Streep as Roberta, the violin teacher who teaches the children more than just about music. Roberta is the kind of teacher that we all dream about meeting. She is kind, good hearted but strict in her ways and will not accept half hearted excuses. She also gives children the gift of motivation which is no easy task!
Streep plays the part with such panache that you will forget that she is queen of all accents. Here she is playing an ordinary woman who played an extraordinary role in society. Roberta taught children not only about the power of music but also the gift of 'believing that you can do anything.'
I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a film that will make them think, laugh and cry within a two hour time frame. It is a film which has received a hard time from the press and undeservedly so. Horror-meister Wes Craven directs the film at a steady pace and seems to really care about his central character. He directs the film sensitively without drowning the central themes in Hollywood treacle. After Scream and the Freddy movies- who would have thought it eh?
Ignore the critics and any pre-conceptions that you may have. If you buy this film you will not fail to be moved. And you may just realise that although Meryl Streep may not be seen as a box office star, she truly is the best actress that Hollywood has to offer and that she deserved an oscar for playing Roberta with such passion and verve.
If you are fed up with teen movies and long for a film to move you in a way that The Bridges Of Madison County did- then Music Of The Heart is your kind of movie.
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