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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: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305428352
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,333 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Acclaimed star Richard Dreyfuss gives the performance of a lifetime (1995 Academy Award(R)-nominee, Best Actor -- MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS) in this uplifting hit cheered by audiences everywhere! Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) is a passionate musician who dreams of composing one truly memorable piece of music. But reality intrudes when he reluctantly accepts a "day job" as a high school music teacher to support his family. In time, however, Mr. Holland realizes that his real passion is teaching, and his legacy is the generations of young people he inspires. Also featuring Glenne Headly (BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS) and Olympia Dukakis (MAFIA!) -- you're sure to find this electrifying motion picture both entertaining ... and unforgettable!

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Haven't viewed this yet since I received it, but it is a long time favorite movie of mine and I know it will be wonderful. This movie demonstrates that there are different ways to communicate and to open ourselves up to this!!! Society tends to want to put everyone in a box with a label so that they are secure in their understanding which is sometimes limited and excludes people who are different especially deaf. I love this movie because it respects difference.
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By Geraldine TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2016
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I saw this movie (twice) a few years ago and loved it both times. Richard Dreyfuss is just amazing in this role, one of his best performanances ever.

Touching, funny, romantic, realistic, perfect cast, wonderful music...It also conjured up some nice memories for me, of high school, crushes on my teachers ;-), so many things...

This is a movie that you will remember and probably want to view again, long after the first viewing. I'm thinking I'd like to see it again myself. ;-)

Highly recommended!

Geraldine Helen Hartman, author and Top Amazon reviewer.
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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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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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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 all of 15 seconds, here is a movie that is appropriate for anyone who loves music and a thoroughly enjoyable story.
Glen Holland (Richard Dreyfuss)is a musician who hopes one day to compose a piece of music he will be immortalized for, so he takes a job as a high school music teacher believing that he'll have spare time to achieve his goal. He is sadly mistaken after, having had a few rough months reaching his students, he becomes one of the most popular teachers in his school and community. Free time for his own musical pursuits is the last thing he has left as his life becomes a parallel to the line in John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy"--Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.
This life involves a vice principal who's jealous of him for being more popular than he is, never ending schedules to teach marching bands, individual students how to play their instruments and lessons in life, driver's ed, and school plays.
The most challenging thing for Glen Holland may be that he has to come to terms with the disappointment of being a music teacher whose own son is deaf, and the most touching thing is the closure he finally discovers with him after realizing his own infalibilities when almost tempted to run away with a young student cast in one of the school's low budget musical productions.
Not only is this film moving, but it has several moments of down-to-earth humor: Check out the kids who think they have talent as they try out for the Gershwin review. It may remind you a bit of American Idol. My personal favorite?
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