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Story

An earnest and at times 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 save money while he composes his music. 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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Richard DreyfussGlenn Holland
Glenne HeadlyIris Holland
Jay ThomasBill Meister
Olympia DukakisPrincipal Jacobs
William H. MacyVice Principal Wolters
Alicia WittGertrude Lang
Terrence HowardLouis Russ
Damon WhitakerBobby Tidd
Jean Louisa KellyRowena Morgan
Alexandra BoydSarah Olmstead
Balthazar GettyStadler
Forest WhitakerKidd

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 143 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 19, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 2, 2002
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