Mr. Holland's Opus Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Jay Thomas

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Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) is a musician and aspiring composer who takes a high school music teaching job to pay the bills while he tries to create at least one great piece of music that will last. The day job is frustrating, maddening . . . but ultimately rewarding. Eventually his students provide the real meaning of his life. The story also concerns his relationship with his son, who is deaf. Dreyfuss is admirably restrained in this classic feel-good plot, and besides Headley as his supportive wife, Thomas as the phys-ed teacher buddy, and Dukakis as the principal, this 1995 film includes William H. Macy and Alicia Witt in the cast. At 143 minutes, it's a bit overlong for the fairly simple tale it has to tell.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Mr. Holland takes a temporary job as a music teacher at a high school. After he finds out his son Cole is deaf he turns away from his son. After several years Mr.Holland learns to accept his son but he still has guilty feelings about what he had done to Cole.
The review of this Movie prepared by Deanna

The movie is about a musician named Glen Holland played by Richard Drefus who starts to teach high school students in music in the 1960's thru 1990. It is rough at the begining but he gets used to it and he really has an effect on his students. He learns that he wants to teach for the rest of his life. The movie ends by him conducting a orchestra in a piece that he wrote
The review of this Movie prepared by Deanna Verho

Mr. Holland has a dream of writing a musical composition. But that doesn't put bread on the table so he takes on a teaching job. The movie covers the next 30 years, as Mr. Holland inspires students to love music. He also overcomes the tragedy of his own son's deafness.
The review of this Movie prepared by BethG

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Family, caring for sick?    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Son because he/she is    -   physically ill Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   teacher

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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