Excellent film, with even better music (by Tito-8)
Richard Dreyfuss is outstanding as is the whole cast in this thoroughly enjoyable film. I really liked it the first time, but with repeated viewings, I'd say that this film got even better. It's a little predictable, but so what? For me, it was impossible not to care about these characters, and the ending was the perfect heartwarming note to go out on. It was rather funny as well, but my favourite thing about this movie was the music. It seems only fitting, considering the importance of music to this film, that it would have a great number of songs, but I was astonished by how much <more>
I LOVED the music in this movie. All-in-all, this was a completely satisfying film, and I would call it a must-see.
Richard Dreyfuss is good in all stages of the different seasons of the life of Mr. Holland. (by macpherr)
The writing of this movie by Patrick Sheane Duncan Nick of Time , nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe Awards, is one of the best stories that Hollywood ever put on the screen. The sensitivity and perception of the Director Stephen Herek 101 Dalmatians adds a special touch to the story.Richard Dreyfuss The Goodbye Girl, The Competition, The American President was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for this role, which is my view one of his best performances. He is good in all stages of the different seasons of the life of Mr. Holland. I seldom cry while watching a movie, but when <more>
Mr. Holland enters the school auditorium with grey hair and the entire school is applauding when he retires, it makes me cry. I cry every time I watch it, and I can also cry every time I bring it to mind. If I ever get a part where I have to cry all I have to do is to bring back that memory back! That moment is a combination of my mother a music teacher and my dad aging. There is no greater love than to lay your life for another... When I graduated from college I wrote a letter thanking my parents for the rainy days they had to go to work, and for all the sacrifices they made for me and left it on top of the dining room table so they could find when I was not around. Needless to say that the entire family cried. That is what that scene means to me. I do not see Mr. Holland as a frustrated composer, he was just frustrated because he had other commitments that did not give him the time to compose. Glenne Headly did a great job playing Iris Holland. She has appeared in ER recently. Olympia Dukakis Steel Magnolias plays Principal Jacobs. It is beautiful when close to her retirement she gives Mr. Holland a gift. Jean Louisa Kell The Day Lincoln Was Shot is Rowena Morgan who steals the show because she sings beautifully. William H. Macy, Fargo plays Vice Principal Wolters who goes insane when he listens popular music coming from Mr. Holland's classroom. Poor Gertrude Lang, Alicia Witt "Cybill" is trying so hard to get the technique that she forgets about her feelings. I love when she finally gets to feel the piece and lets herself go.Then when she comes back as grown up is very touching. A music teacher having a deaf child is ironic. Mr. Holland teaching the kids about Beethoven is marvelous! I love when Cole Anthony Natale II , comes back as an adult and participates in the celebration of his dad's retirement, and also because he himself is going to teach at the school for the deaf in Washington DC. This movie struck a cord with me because of the music and because of all the elements that were brought into movie and story. I would give it a10 + if I could. It is one of my favorite dramas! I am not much of a drama person, I prefer comedy, but this is a very special drama.
How I wish I had my own Mr. Holland (by Doogeylover)
What a wonderful movie. I just watched it and am in awe of Richard Dreyfuss' amazing acting. Only being 15 but an avid music lover myself, I sat there wishing I had a teacher like Mr. Holland that inspired me like so many of the students in the movie, that made learning fun by connecting with the students, by doing everything Mr. Holland did. The stories of the students were real and believable. I connected with the girl that played the clarinet, Gertrude Lang, because sometimes I even feel that I'm never good at anything.Every person of every age can appreciate and love this movie. <more>
At the end, when Mr. Holland's goodbye party was discovered in the gym and he took the stage, I was crying.What a wonderful movie. History-wise, music-wise, and story-wise.
Musicians love this movie, but that's just a perk (by meadowsonbass)
It drives me crazy to read posts about Glen Holland being a pompous, self-centered a-hole who treats his family like dirt and amorally pursues a young student, etc.The whole movie's point has less to do with the process of teaching music to young ruffians although that premise is a great backdrop to the story and much more to do with an artistically passionate man's belated growth and atonement. Holland is an intensely flawed character from the get-go, and the reason we cry at the end of this movie isn't because his "American Symphony" is moving indeed, it's <more>
nothing more than treacly and clichéd , but because he has, in two decades or so, sincerely figured out what's important. He certainly has his moments of sleaziness and selfish behavior, but without them the movie wouldn't have a purpose or any real story.This film is about a man's journey late in life, which is a journey most of us don't want or need. It is a slow and honorable journey, in which he learns a lot about himself and the audience learns to appreciate music and his students' unending charm and talent.Overall, an unbelievably well-put-together film about life and its many unbelievable yet realistic paths. A must for any parent with a musically-talented kid.
I found this to be an uplifting movie and not at all tragic.It's about a man who has life happen to him while he's making other plans.Richard Dreyfuss shows again what a gifted character actor he is. From "What about Bob?" to "Mr.Holland's Opus", we see his incredible range from drama to comedy. He is one of the great character actors of his generation.Dreyfuss really puts his heart into this performance, like when he sings to Cole. You can see the sweat on his brow, and although he's no John Lennon, I thought his singing was pretty good.Also, in this age <more>
of techno wizadry, you can't always trust what you see on the screen, but it looked to me like he was actually playing the piano, in which case, another facet of this talented man.His character agonizes over a potentital relationship with a beautiful and talented student in a midlife crisis, but at the end makes the right decision.And the ending, it was so moving that even the cast had tears in their eyes, and I somehow don't think that was fake.The timeline of events from the 60's to the 90's was also excellent.Overall, a beautiful movie, and everyone put in a great performance. I thought it had the right balance, without getting overly sentimental and sugar coated, and evoked a feeling of the times with the music and settings.I take this movie out and watch it every once in a while.
This is just a wonderful film - seen it six times, cried six times. The finale literally gives me chills every time.I think the character of Mr. Holland resonated with me so much because he reminded me of several great music teachers who had a profound influence on my life 1970's . In a larger sense, he was typical of a LOT of the teachers in my day: dedicated, idealistic baby-boomers who were going to change the world by affecting one student at a time.The film succeeds in utilizing as its backdrop the American cultural & political landscape of the 1960s-1990's Vietnam, civil <more>
rights movement, Watergate, etc .Kudos to the director and everyone else involved for getting most of the music stuff "right" - I'm a musician and I usually look for bad fake playing, inaccuracies, and anachronisms.Cheers to the late, great Michael Kamen for his wonderful score & especially "Glen Holland's" American Symphony: it contains musical "quotes" ranging from Copeland to Gershwin; to the final note from The Beatles' "A Day In The Life"....yes, I realize John Lennon wasn't American ;- ....One minor plot flaw: why couldn't The Governor just issue an Executive Order to restore Music Education funding? just kidding... JohnB
Genuinely Nice Bio Film That Hits Mostly The Right Notes (by ccthemovieman-1)
This is simply a nice, dramatic story of a music teacher's life. Richard Dreyfuss plays the teacher, "Glenn Holland." It spans 30 years of his career with a tear-jerking ending. Endearing characters make it a memorable film.The focus of the story is Dreyfuss and three students he gives special time to over the years. A big subplot involves the teacher and his hearing-impaired son. The students are winningly played by Alicia Witt, who plays the sweet girl who goes on to become governor; Terrence Howard, a really nice kid who gets killed in Viet Nam, and Jean Louisa Kelly, the <more>
last and most memorable student perhaps, an extremely talented singer who goes on to a career in New York City.Interwoven are some personal stories, particularly with Kelly's character, and with fellow teachers Jay Thomas playing the most likable and school administrators Olympia Dukakis and William H. Macy . The most personal, of course, involves his hot-cold-hot relationship with his disabled son played by three different actors as time passes. Glenne Headly, meanwhile, plays Dreyfuss' wife.As you can see by this cast, this is a well-acted movie with the only flaw being the screenwriters unable, as Hollywood seems to be, to control their political bias by giving unwarranted cheap shots to Republican politicians who are pictured as being against the arts; atheist John Lennon almost deified in this film as one of the "heroes" of the 20th century, plus a few more digs and plugs here and there, all with the normal Liberal bias.Propaganda-aside, it's a genuinely nice film about people who succeed through dedication to their professions. The movie seemed to appeal to a wide audience. It's very manipulative, but it works. It's also a plug, if you will, for deaf children and the problems they face and the difficulties parents face in raising a kid with that disability.
Richard Dreyfuss is perfect for this role. It is a moving story of dedication and love. (by gitrich)
Richard Dreyfuss plays a musician, Glenne Headly, who takes, what he thought would be, a temporary job as a high school music teacher. For the next thirty years he encourages his students to love music as he loves music. His dedication, however, carries with it a toll on his own family. It is a moving story that will stay with you for a long time. One of Richard Dreyfuss' finest moments on film.
Heart-warming but flawed (by aberlour36)
This is a lovely film, designed successfully to bring tears to the eyes of everyone seeing it. The acting is superb all the way around. Dreyfuss is a wonder. But there are quite a few historical flaws see the goof section on this film and mistakes. The lack of synchronization between the musicians and the music is maddening. The caliber of playing is far too high for the age-level of the players in the later stages of the film. And the absolutely stunning Jean Louisa Kelly was too old and too good to be a high school student. She had recently graduated from Columbia University. The film <more>
is also too long. A treacly bit about a black student who lacked rhythm and then died in Vietnam could easily have been skipped. By the way, at the funeral, the parents of the young man are shown in mourning. But sitting next to them, ostensibly a relative, is a young woman who is smiling during both shots of the family. That's the kind of carelessness that marred this otherwise fine film. One more thing: teachers will know that it isn't that easy to win the hearts and minds of young people. Mr. Holland as an educator must have doing things off camera.