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Mr. Holland's Opus (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy
  • Directors: Oliver Wood, Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Patrick Sheane Duncan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428352
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,782 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rivkah Maccaby on Nov. 15 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I'm not a Richard Dreyfus fan. I rooted for the shark, and was disappointed when the aliens came in peace, so you can see why I expected to hate Mr. Holland's Opus.
And in fact, this film is a two and a half hour parade of stereotypes equaled only by the seven dwarves. It's the thinking man's Forrest Gump, and the crowning achievement of screenwriter and cliché master Patrick Duncan. I rarely remember who said something first, but I can guarantee you Patrick Duncan said it last. Look for the shy student who learns self-confidence, the devoted wife who stands by her man, the dumb-but-honest kid who dies for his country, the small town kid with big city talent who risks everything for a shot at Broadway, the dedicated educators, the bureaucrats who stand in their way... lay the beans on your card and you can hit bingo before the denouement.
But wait.
I saw this film for just one reason: to see how badly they handled the Deaf character. In Hollywood, Deaf characters slide along a sorry continuum between the shy and melancholic, and the isolated and hostile, all symbolic, none bearing any similarity to any actual Deaf person I've ever met. Hearing people have no idea what Deaf people are actually like. The community of Deaf people in America is tight, it's vibrant, it's joyful, and every child born Deaf in America has this tremendous society just waiting to embrace it. But this isn't common knowledge among hearing America, who can only imagine themselves, suddenly cut off auditorily from the world they know, and so they project this onto characters they don't know, and create a sad stereotype with no basis whatsoever in reality.
Anyway, so I walked into Mr.
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By Denis on Sept. 3 2013
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I had this movie on VHS, thought the DVD would be better quality, was I wrong!

This DVD is so poorly mastered, whenever there are any type of lines in the background (bricks, bleachers etc.) you get this very annoying pattern (think raster lines that move on each other).

It was only $5, but I could have had a great coffee somewhere for that price.

If you like the actual movie, stay away from this DVD copy!
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By Bruce M on Aug. 18 2013
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I love this story and the actor's performances. Richard Dreyfuss is certainly at his best here. I was, however, disappointed with the image presentation on my Flat Screen TV. I was supposed to be a Widescreen version and it does have an aspect ration of 9:16 but the image is shrunk tol 1/2 size and does not fill more than 1/2 the screen area. I would not have purchased this video had I known.
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By movielover on April 29 2013
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Based on a true story, this one will make you tear up while you cheer. A must for teachers out there; you can and do make a difference.
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By Ranae Hatch on March 21 2013
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One of my favourite movies. This is a modern classic and Richard Dreyfuss is superb in this role. Wonderful show!
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 27 2000
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I love this movie. I really do. On January 19, 1996 it opened in theaters across the country and people gave it a standing ovation at the theater where I saw it. This movie set a precedent for me -- I saw it 5 times in the theater, something I have never done before. I REALLY LOVE IT.
The movie starts out in the 1964-1965 school year. Mr. Glen Holland (Richard Dreyfus) plays a musician forced to table his musical career for economic reasons. His wife is pregnant and he has to find stable work. An opening for a music teacher at the former Grant High School (now Kennedy) in Oregon has become available. Mr. Holland applies for and gets the job.
Reluctant to put his dream on the back burner, Mr. Holland enters the classroom. He is confronted with an array of students ranging from naturally talented to tone deaf. After initially getting nowhere with his pupils, Mr. Holland tries a new approach. He encourages them to talk about the music they like and uses this as a way of establishing an interest in music. One young clarinetist catches his attention and he works 1x1 with the girl, extracting hard work and talent for her. He helps her find her voice. He tells her that he can "teach her music and notes on the page," but as for "all that other stuff," he cannot teach. It has to be felt. ....
The movie does an excellent and convincing job of covering a three-decade time span. One of my favorite scenes was when Mr. Holland borrowed the Driver's Ed class' 1965 Dodge Coronet (an especially cool car) and drove it like the proverbial bat ...
The movie is really about love. Love for music, love for people and love for the best people have to offer. The high school coach who befriends Mr.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "moehiggins" on March 28 2000
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This is a cinematic tribute to the teaching profession rendered in a style reminiscent of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," but without any angels. Mr. Holland is a musician whose real heart is in composing. At first he sees teaching music appreciation in a high school as a way to put food on the table for his young family - and allow for spare time" to compose. He soon learns how demanding teaching can be - and ultimately discovers through the passage of time how rewarding it can be as well. Well, for anyone who is or has been a teacher of any kind - and can handle the cloying sentimentality of this stink bomb - the movie might be worth the seemingly interminable 142 minutes.
There is a lot to be said for understatement, but Steven Herek doesn't seem to think the American movie-going public is sophisticated enough to catch the subtle hints that that entails. We get bonked over the head with newsreels - Lyndon Johnson's voice emerges inexplicably to tell us we are in the Vietnam era, one stop along the way in the tumultuous times of Mr. Holland - and the signposts keep coming till we find him in the present, convincingly aged. (The make-up is the singularly impressive feature of this film.) Victim of the perennial jostling of education priorities for budgetary reasons, Mr Holland finds that his services are no longer required. An extravagant surprise farewell party is held for him in the school auditorium with everyone but the President and the Pope there to tell him what a difference he had made in their lives. To conclude matters, it had been arranged that the composition he had been working on all these years would make its world premiere under the unrehearsed baton of the composer himself, much to his surprise and delight.
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