Mr. Holland's Opus

Mr. Holland's Opus
Mr. Holland's Opus
  • PG
  • 2h 23m
  • 1996
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Celebrated actor Richard Dreyfuss earned an Academy Award® nomination (Best Actor, 1995) for his unforgettable role in this heartwarming tale about the importance of following your passion. Glen Holland is a 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. Ultimately, Mr. Holland realizes that his true passion is teaching and his legacy is the generations of young people he inspires.
© 1996 Hollywood Pictures Co., All Rights Reserved

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: 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.
Emanuel Levy

This idealized tribute to a charismatic teacher who devotes himself to music appreciation has the...

March 4, 2019
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Rob Thomas

Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings.

March 4, 2019
Fantastica Daily
Chuck O'Leary

A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater te...

March 4, 2019
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Common Sense Says
'90s drama about inspiring teacher has some cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1997 movie in which Richard Dreyfuss plays an inspired and inspiring high school music teacher. The movie should inspire discussion amongst families about the importance of teachers as well as the importance of music education at a time when arts programs are being slashed in schools all over the country. Occasional mild profanity, including "a--hole," both spoken and communicated through ASL. Some cigarette smoking. The film includes a subplot in which Mr. Holland and a high school senior are obviously attracted to each other -- he composes a song in her honor, and she asks him to leave with her on the bus for New York City. Overall, this movie shows how much positive impact a great teacher can have on the lives of individual students, as well as the community at large.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 27, 1996
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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