Mr. Holland’s Opus


Glen Holland didn’t want took a job teaching music just so he could pay some bills. 30 years and a ton of students later, he can see that some of his students have  gone on to become Broadway stars, members of the school board, and even the governor!


Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his ‘spare time’, he can strive to achieve his true goal – compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As Holland discovers ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’ and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success.


I love this movie! It depicts the struggle that music teachers face. The performances are remarkable, especially the sign language scenes.

I do have a beef with Richard Dreyfuss conducting with his left hand, but it turns out he’s left handed, so I can let that slide. Other than that, my only other issue is that it would have been nice if Rowena would have come back at the end concert.

This is definately a must see, so go see it!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

6 Responses to “Mr. Holland’s Opus”

  1. […] rather that it was directed by the same guy who did Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Yeah, I didn’t know those films were by the same guy, either. Guess it just shows he has […]

  2. […] until I first saw Mr. Holland’s Opus, I actually had no idea he had been killed. Can you believe this was never taught in […]

  3. […] be given to Pete Postlethwaite for actually looking like a conductor. Unlike Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland’s Opus, he actually has the baton in the right […]

  4. […] when it involves a music program on the verge of being shut down. That may be a reason why I love Mr. Holland’s Opus so much. This is a film that is along the same line, but rather than dealing with a musician who […]

  5. […] I’m a little biased towards films that show music education in a positive light, such as Mr. Holland’s Opus and Music of the Heart. While this isn’t quite the same, it does attempt to show the impact […]

  6. […] at was music. Well, I was decent at ROTC stuff, but major dad (not the show) took care of that. Mr. Holland’s Opus reminds us all of how important music teachers are in the lives and development of their students […]

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