Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

Mr. Holland's Opus



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Glenn Holland is an aspiring musician who takes a job teaching high school music classes, just to pay the bills. By the time he retires thirty years later, Holland has discovered that teaching is his true calling. But he relates more easily to his music-loving students than he does to his own deaf son.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Metcalfe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 1999


as Glenn Holland

as Iris Holland

as Principal Jacobs

as Bill Meister

as Vice Principal Wolte...

as Bobby Tidd

as Louis Russ

as Sarah Olmstead

as Gertrude Lang

as Cole at 15 Years Old

as Cole at 28 Years Old

as Adult Gertrude

as Deaf School Principa...

as Study Hall Student

as Ms. Swedlin

as Auditioner

as Mr. Sullivan

as Ms. Godfrey

as Mr. Shapiro

as Miss Reeves

as Miss Schumaker

as City Official

as Mr. Hosta

as Mr. Malone

as Mr. McMartin

as Dr. Sorenson

as Ms. Wayne

as Mr. McKenzie

as Girl 4

as Deaf School Teacher

as Auditoner 1

as Auditioner 2

as Auditioner 3

as Auditioner 4

as Auditioner 5

as Auditioner 6

as Football Player

as Auditioner 8

as Auditioner 9

as Toby Klein

as Diner Waitress

as Football Player 1

as Football Player 2

as Football Player 3

as Football Player 4

as Football Player 5

as Football Player 6

as Billy Faraday

as Superintendent

as Football Player

as City Official

as Adult Stadler

as Rowena Morgan
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Holland's Opus

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12)

This idealized tribute to a charismatic teacher who devotes himself to music appreciation has the same old-fashioned texture and sticky sentimentality as Goodbye Mr. Chips (of 1939), but Dreyfuss gives an effective, surprisingly restrained performance

Full Review… | January 29, 2007
Top Critic

An overwrought Disney weeper.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Holland's Opus

This is a great movie. I love it! I wish I had Mr. Holland as my music teacher :) So inspirational!

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


It's a sweet film about the sacrifices one must make. Richard Dreyfuss remains one of our more underrated actors.

Summer W.

Super Reviewer


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 Tippy

Super Reviewer

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