"Stravinsky was the music of the Russian Revolution, if you really want to talk about a breakdown in discipline."
- Glenn Holland (RICHARD DREYFUSS), when told his teaching techniques will cause students to rebel against authority
"I made $32 today." -- Iris Holland (GLENNE HEADLY) to Glenn Holland (RICHARD DREYFUSS) "Big deal. I made 32 kids sleep with their eyes open."
- Glenn Holland, in response
Sight and Sound - 05/01/1996
"...A film with its heart in the right place. Richard Dreyfus conveys an infectious enjoyment..."
USA Today - 12/21/1995
"...Dreyfuss pulls off one of the most convincing metamorphoses ever seen on screen..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/28/1996
"...One smart hankie-wringer....[Dreyfus at] his most emblematic..." -- Rating: B
Variety - 01/01/1996
"...[Dreyfus gives] a sensitive, honorable performance....Headly lends fine support as the sensitive wife and mother..."
New York Times - 01/19/1996
"...Mr. Dreyfuss gives a warm and really touching performance..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/29/1995
"...Dreyfuss plays the teacher like an exposed nerve....It's impossible not to be swept up in his excitement..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/19/1996
"...[Dreyfuss] here finds the right tones for Mr. Holland, from youthful cocksureness to the gentle insight of age....The supporting cast is all strong..."
Richard Dreyfus stars as an aspiring composer who becomes a terrific music teacher in spite of himself. The story chronicles thirty years in the inspirational life of a man who, through his sheer love of music, leaves an unexpected, indelible mark on the lives of his students. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actor--Richard Dreyfuss.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Mr. Holland's Opus
Acclaimed star Richard Dreyfuss gives the performance of a lifetime (1995 Academy Award(R)-nominee, Best Actor -- MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS) in this uplifting hit cheered by audiences everywhere! Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) is a passionate musician who dreams of composing one truly memorable piece of music. But reality intrudes when he reluctantly accepts a "day job" as a high school music teacher to support his family. In time, however, Mr. Holland realizes that his real passion is teaching, and his legacy is the generations of young people he inspires. Also featuring Glenne Headly (BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS) and Olympia Dukakis (MAFIA!) -- you're sure to find this electrifying motion picture both entertaining ... and unforgettable!
The year is 1965, and Glenn Holland, a composer convinced he is destined to write an historic opus, takes a job as a music teacher to pay the bills. Unbeknownst to him, it is the next 30 years, spent as an instructor, that will define his life. His passionate teaching motivates and even changes a number of his students. However, Holland suffers a tragedy in his personal life: his young son Cole is deaf, and thus unable to fully appreciate the joys of music. As a result, Holland concentrates more on his students than on his own child. But when Holland finally realizes the extent of his neglect, thanks to his wife and Cole himself, the teacher must learn to accept his son's handicap, and give him the love and guidance he deserves.
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Released theatrically in Los Angeles December 29, 1995; released theatrically nationwide in the USA January 19, 1996. The film grossed a lyrical $78.4 million domestically.
Color by Technicolor; in Panavision widescreen.
Produced in association with the Charlie Mopic Co.
Additional credits: Alan Locke (set design); Martin "Vinnie" Hagood (make-up artist).
Shot on location in and around Portland, Oregon.
Score soundtrack available on London compact discs and cassettes. Original motion picture soundtrack available on Polydor compact discs and cassettes.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.