Mr. Holland's Opus Movie Review 1995

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Well-done Disney tearjerker begins in 1965 as musician Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) takes a teaching job to get himself off the wedding reception circuit and help support his wife, Iris (Headly), and their deaf son. Spanning three decades, with actual newsreel footage thrown in to highlight time passing, Holland sets aside his dream of composing a great symphony and finds his true calling--mentoring and inspiring young minds. Holland's son being deaf might have proved corny, but their rocky relationship is deeply rooted to the storyline. Dreyfuss turns in his most vibrant performance in years and, while sentimental buttons are definitely pushed, director Herek avoids falling into sappiness.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 142 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Tearjerkers, Dedicated Teachers, High School, Deafness
Patrick Sheane Duncan
Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy, Alicia Witt, Jean (Louisa) Kelly, Anthony Natale, Mark Daniels
Oliver Wood
Stephen Herek
Michael Kamen
Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, Michael Nolin, Scott Kroopf, Patrick Duncan, Hollywood Pictures, Buena Vista

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