Mr. Holland’s Opus


(out of 5)

Pure schmaltz.   devotes his life to being the best possible music teacher he can be at the high school he teaches at, while ignoring his responsibilities to his ever-patient wife () and his deaf son. When the school board threatens to cut the music program entirely, he finds himself giving the fight of a lifetime that just might save him personally as well as professionally.  Dreyfuss’ performance is pure impressive gusto, spanning decades and giving powerful speeches, but the whole thing is so tepidly mawkish that you would think the director was assuming that no one watching it has ever watched a drama before. Hailed as the Forrest Gump of its year, it’s just as obvious and annoying as Zemeckis’s film without having Gump‘s more enjoyably wry moments.

Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, The Charlie Mopic Company

USA, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Richard Dreyfuss as “Glenn Holland”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Richard Dreyfuss)
Best Screenplay (Patrick Sheane Duncan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s