Movie Review on Mr.Holland Opus Essay

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Master of Arts in Education

Introduction Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek. It stars Richard Dreyfuss in the title role and the cast includes Glenne Headly, Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy and Jay Thomas. Mr. Holland's Opus is presented as a video biography of the 30-year career of the eponymous lead character, Glenn Holland, as a music teacher at the fictional John F. Kennedy High School in Portland, Oregon. Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) is a musician and composer. After playing clubs for a living he decides to accept a job as a music teacher at a high school. He intends this to be
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She sits in with her clarinet. Mr. Holland's orchestral piece, never before heard in public, has been put before the musicians by his wife and son. Gertrude and the other alumni ask the retiring teacher to serve as their conductor for the premiere performance of Mr. Holland's Opus ("The American Symphony"). A proud Iris and Cole look on, appreciating the affection and respect that Mr. Holland receives.

Plot: 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.
• Richard Dreyfuss Glenn Holland • Glenne Headly Iris Holland • Jay Thomas Bill Meister • Olympia Dukakis Principal Helen Jacobs • William H. Macy Vice Principal (later Principal) Gene Wolters • Alicia Witt as Gertrude Lang • Terrence Howard Louis Russ •

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