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      Mr. Holland's Opus

      PG Released Jan 19, 1996 2 hr. 22 min. Drama Music List
      75% 28 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score Composer Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) believes that he'll eventually write a transcendent piece of music, but in the meantime he's taken a job at an Oregon high school. Though at first the job frustrates him, and his unconventional methods often draw the ire of the straight-laced vice principal (W.H. Macy), Mr. Holland grows to love his students as the "temporary" position stretches into a decades-long career -- and in the end, they reveal just how much they love him back. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 21 Buy Now

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      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.

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      Allen W A masterpiece! Five stars! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/24 Full Review Cesar Augusto S Esse filme revela a importância de uma relação ativa entre o professor e o aluno, onde o primeiro é responsável por criar um ambiente saudável que aumente a autoestima e o protagonismo do aprendiz, como também reconhecer as suas diversidades culturais, sociais, familiar e cognitivas. Dado isso, embora não tenha a mais magnífica produção, ele é envolvente, pois possui um ótimo enredo reflexivo, abordando a educação inclusiva e ainda é complementado com um excelente humor pontual. Desse modo, para a criação da história, nos deparamos com um protagonista que é um jovem compositor, Glenn Holland, que tem o sonho de ser um grande maestro de orquestra um dia. No entanto, ele se encontra em um momento da vida difícil, em que terá que economizar e ajudar nas despesas de casa. Então decide se tornar professor de música em uma escola, mesmo que ele odeie isso, pois o afasta de seu sonho inicial. Assim, seguindo uma lógica previsível, Glen se depara com uma sala de aula totalmente desinteressada por música e a catástrofe que são com os instrumentos, já que seus alunos não têm nenhuma aptidão para tocá-los. Por conseguinte, ele vai perceber a dificuldade de ser um docente, principalmente para elaborar aulas em que os estudantes tenham vontade de assistir, pois compreende, de uma certa maneira, que a falha deles também é sua. Desse jeito, o professor se desafia a se aproximar desses alunos e usar seus gostos musicais individuais para tornar as aulas mais interessantes. Logo, Holland entende o Ensinar como uma arte que necessita ser livre, ter sentido e significado para poder ser desenvolvida completamente, não bastando ser uma repetição daquilo que está nos livros. Por outro lado, sua vida pessoal tem controvérsias, pois nesse meio tempo sua esposa engravida e tem um filho surdo, no qual, Holland não consegue lidar com a situação, já que faz parte e está em uma sociedade despreparada e rodeada de preconceitos para com os deficientes. O resultado é um afastamento da sua vida familiar e o foco passa a ser na profissional, ajudando cada vez mais alunos, entretanto, tornando-se um pai ausente e despreocupado com a própria educação do filho. Toda a trama do filme é baseada nessa dualidade e na frustração de Glen ao transformar o seu sonho de compositor para professor e a sua incapacidade de expressar sua paixão por música ao seu filho, já que tem o preconceito de que ele não entenderá completamente, pois é um não ouvinte. Em virtude disso, o filme tem bom acompanhamento emocional em seu enredo principal e contém um surpreendente fechamento. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Amy B Wonderful story about a man growing up, making personal sacrifices, and enriching the lives of others around him, the story of an imperfect man who educates and inspires others and in the end is able to fulfill his own lifelong dream. Very moving and worthwhile with positive messages. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/19/22 Full Review Audience Member I have no feelings on this movie whatsoever, I feel like on one hand it's a really cute movie that has some heartfelt moments and real emotions, it can also be really funny at some points. But on the other hand this movie can be really unfunny, and boring, the best part of the movie, for me is either when Mr. Holland sang that adaptation of "Beautiful Boy" or the end when all his students ever preformed for him. Also that one girl who asked the Mr. Holland to run away with her or whatever and he wrote a song for was just really creepy for so many reasons. So yeah I both loved this movie and hated it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A feel-good movie that isn't cheap or manipulative with it's uplifting final resolutions. Arguably, this is Dreyfuss' opus as an actor. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Great acting with a good moral to the story Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: A- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy Variety 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 Rated: B- Jan 29, 2007 Full Review Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle Rated: 3/4 Jun 18, 2002 Full Review Malcolm Johnson Hartford Courant Though Patrick Sheane Duncan's screenplay goes in various directions and never develops a cohesive narrative, Herek keeps the story rolling along. May 30, 2018 Full Review Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI) Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings. Rated: 3/5 Apr 21, 2006 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat. Rated: 9/10 Jan 23, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Composer Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) believes that he'll eventually write a transcendent piece of music, but in the meantime he's taken a job at an Oregon high school. Though at first the job frustrates him, and his unconventional methods often draw the ire of the straight-laced vice principal (W.H. Macy), Mr. Holland grows to love his students as the "temporary" position stretches into a decades-long career -- and in the end, they reveal just how much they love him back.
      Director
      Stephen Herek
      Screenwriter
      Patrick Sheane Duncan
      Distributor
      Buena Vista Pictures
      Production Co
      Hollywood Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Drama, Music
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 19, 1996, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $82.6M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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