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Mr. Holland's Opus (Bilingual)

Richard Dreyfuss , Glenne Headly , Oliver Wood , Stephen Herek    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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An earnest and at times overblown story of a music teacher's impact on those around him, Mr. Holland's Opus is at times a genuinely touching drama in the vein of It's a Wonderful Life. Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) plays an aspiring composer and musician who takes a job teaching music at a local high school to save money while he composes his music. But when his wife (Glenne Headley) becomes pregnant, Glenn Holland must put aside his dreams and address the everyday realities of his life, from the melancholy and sometimes tragic fates of his students to the discovery that the son he cherishes is deaf. Building to a highly emotional climax in which the teacher sees the impact he's had on the world around him, Mr. Holland's Opus is a showcase for a fine Oscar-nominated performance by Dreyfuss and an engaging, heartwarming story. --Robert Lane

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Thinking Man's Forrest Gump 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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1.0 out of 5 stars DVD quality Sept. 3 2013
By Denis
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars This is Widescreen??? Aug. 18 2013
By Bruce M
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another inspiring one 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 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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5.0 out of 5 stars MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE IN CREATION! Aug. 27 2000
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
1.0 out of 5 stars More oops than opus ... March 28 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie that I think enspires the Deaf to watch
In my opinion this movie is an excellent way for the Hearing In Paired to watch movies like this one.There should be more movies like Mr Holland's Opus. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Contemporary Film that will Stand the Test of Time
Hats off to Steven Herek for creating such a beautiful and realistic, life-affirming masterpiece. Unlike so many of today's films that rely on sex, violence, and trends that last... Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Non-Entity
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great movie for the whole family
Glenn Holland[Richard Dreyfuss] is a man who has a dream of becoming a classical music composer. But it turns out that he teaches a high school music class. Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by Alexander Nordquist
Most of the reviewers on Amazon seemed to have loved this movie. They've said it made them cry, and think. This movie didn't provoke a tear from me. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Shashank Tripathi
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated.
'Mr. Holland's Opus' is a really overrated film. It is not as inspirational as everyone says it is. His life blows by way too fast and the movie glorifies 'The Beatles'. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Film
This movie set up a pin and knocked it down. It follows a rather predictable path, and the script relies too heavily on coincidences (such as the music-teacher having a deaf son)... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Egoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud to be sentimental over this treasured memory
I'd like to begin by saying that my rating for Mr. Holland's Opus is a 4.5. With my love for this movie, I chose to round to five. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by FloydWaters
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance of a lifetime for Richard Dreyfus
Yeah, it's a little overblown and melodramatic, but it's also genuine, beautifully acted, and inspiring. Dreyfus is a music teacher at a local high school. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Peggy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars The Oscar-Deserving Mr. Holland's Opus
I think Mr. Holland's Opus portrays the excellent gift of music. Mr. Holland (R. Dreyfus) plays Mr. Holland, a young man whose dream is to write the All-American Symphony. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003
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