Mr. Holland's Opus 1995

Mr. Holland's Opus

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A feel-good story brought to life by a terrific ensemble cast, Mr. Holland's Opus plucks the heartstrings without shame -- and with undeniable skill.

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Composer Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) believes that he'll eventually write a transcendent piece of music, but in the meantime he's taken a job at an Oregon high school. Though at first the job frustrates him, and his unconventional methods often draw the ire of the straight-laced vice principal (W.H. Macy), Mr. Holland grows to love his students as the "temporary" position stretches into a decades-long career -- and in the end, they reveal just how much they love him back.

Cast & Crew

Richard Dreyfuss
Glenn Holland
Glenne Headly
Iris Holland
Jay Thomas
Bill Meister
Olympia Dukakis
Principal Helen Jacobs
William H. Macy
Vice Principal Gene Wolters
Alicia Witt
Gertrude Lang
Anthony Natale
Cole (Age 28)
Ted Field
Producer
Patrick Sheane Duncan
Writer (Screenplay)
Oliver Wood
Cinematographer
Trudy Ship
Film Editor
Michael Kamen
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Holland's Opus

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  • Jan 09, 2014
    The poor man's version of Goodbye Mr. Chips is good. It just isn't great and with Chips around, who needs this film. Dreyfuss makes the most of it but I would have hoped that the talented people involved might have done something more original.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2010
    This is a great movie. I love it! I wish I had Mr. Holland as my music teacher :) So inspirational!
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2009
    As much as I like this film and, more specifically, like the performance of Richard Dreyfuss, there is one moment that absolutely makes my skin crawl. When Mr. Holland accompanies one of his students to the bus station as she leaves to pursue a music career in New York, he kisses her right smack dab on the lips! No, no, no, no, and hell no. A high school teacher does not and should not do that. If he does he should never teach again. Period. I don't care if he is having a midlife crisis. That's so very, very wrong.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2008
    I enjoyed this movie. I guess I am just a sucker for inspirational, hopeful movies - ones where the character doesn't realize the impact he is having on those around him. "Mr. Holland's Opus" is about a teacher trying to improve his students' lives through music - who never has time to finish his Opus.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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