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Mr. Holland's Opus

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1749103

  • Credits
    Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy, W. H. Macy, Alicia Witt
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A film with its heart in the right place. Richard Dreyfus conveys an infectious enjoyment..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Dreyfuss pulls off one of the most convincing metamorphoses ever seen on screen..."
    USA Today

    "...One smart hankie-wringer....[Dreyfus at] his most emblematic..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[Dreyfus gives] a sensitive, honorable performance....Headly lends fine support as the sensitive wife and mother..."
    Variety

    "...Mr. Dreyfuss gives a warm and really touching performance..."
    New York Times

    "...Dreyfuss plays the teacher like an exposed nerve....It's impossible not to be swept up in his excitement..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[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

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