Mr. Holland's Opus Poster

Release Date: December 29th, 1995

DVD Release Date: August 24th, 1999

PG|2 hr 22 min

Plot Summary
Composer Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) believes that he'll eventually write a transcendent piece of music, but in the meantime he's taken a job at an Oregon high school. Though at first the job frustrates him, and his unconventional methods often draw the ire of the straight-laced vice principal (W.H. Macy), Mr. Holland grows to love his students as the "temporary" position stretches into a decades-long career -- and in the end, they reveal just how much they love him back.

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy, Alicia Witt, Jean Louisa Kelly, Nicholas John Renner

Director: Stephen Herek

Genres: Drama, Music

Production Co: Hollywood Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications

Keywords: Sacrifice, 1990s, Family, Endearing, Son, 1960s, Love, Wife, 1980s, 1970s, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Richard Dreyfuss, who is sometimes too exuberant, here finds the right tones for Mr. Holland, from youthful cocksureness to the gentle insight of age. His physical transformations over 30 years are always convincing. show more

  • Mr. Holland's Opus is a glowing tribute to the unsung heroics of those rare, gifted teachers who make a difference in life. Richard Dreyfuss, in a performance that both touches and inspires, plays music teacher Glenn Holland. show more

  • In physiological shorthand, Mr. Holland's Opus is a very large and very insistent reflex hammer applied to the ducts instead of the knees. [19 Jan 1996, p.03]

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture