Mr. Holland's Opus
More About Mr. Holland's Opus
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.
Main Cast & Crew
Stephen Herek - Director
Jean Louisa Kelly
William H. Macy
Nicholas John Renner
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.
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.
"...A film with its heart in the right place. Richard Dreyfus conveys an infectious enjoyment..." - 05/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.56
"...Dreyfuss pulls off one of the most convincing metamorphoses ever seen on screen..." - 12/21/1995 USA Today, p.8D
"...One smart hankie-wringer....[Dreyfus at] his most emblematic..." -- Rating: B - 06/28/1996 Entertainment Weekly, pp.113-15
"...[Dreyfus gives] a sensitive, honorable performance....Headly lends fine support as the sensitive wife and mother..." - 01/01/1996 Variety
"...Mr. Dreyfuss gives a warm and really touching performance..." - 01/19/1996 New York Times, p.C3
"...Dreyfuss plays the teacher like an exposed nerve....It's impossible not to be swept up in his excitement..." - 12/29/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...[Dreyfuss] here finds the right tones for Mr. Holland, from youthful cocksureness to the gentle insight of age....The supporting cast is all strong..." - 01/19/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.27