Mr. Holland's Opus PG

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 24, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by , &
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 54,713
...Dreyfuss plays the teacher like an exposed nerve....It's impossible not to be swept up in his excitement...
Los Angeles Times
Dec 29, 1995
Rating: 9/10 -- A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat.
Fantastica Daily
Jan 23, 2006
...A film with its heart in the right place. Richard Dreyfus conveys an infectious enjoyment...
Sight and Sound
May 1, 1996
Rating: 3/5 -- Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings.
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Apr 21, 2006
...Dreyfuss pulls off one of the most convincing metamorphoses ever seen on screen...
USA Today
Dec 21, 1995
...One smart hankie-wringer....[Dreyfus at] his most emblematic... -- Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 28, 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...
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 19, 1996

Product Description:

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!

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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.
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