Mr. Holland's Opus

Country:  USA
Genre:Drama, Music
Rating:7.6  Rate
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DirectorStephen Herek
Selected CastRichard Dreyfuss as Glenn Holland
 Olympia Dukakis as Principal Helen Jacobs
 William H. Macy as Vice Principal Gene Wolters
 Glenne Headly as Iris Holland
SoundtrackMichael Kamen

On DVD & Blu-ray World


Mr. Holland's Opus - Magna Pacific - Australia (2003)
DVD Box Set

3 Great Films [Box Set] - 20th Century Fox - UK (2007)


Comments and Reviews
3rd Sep 2020

13th Dec 2015
 Rated 7/10
Could have been a great movie, but it's a long way from that. Richard Dreyfuss delivers his best ever performance (which nabbed him the best actor Oscar), but the film itself uses every cheap Hollywood trick and cookie-cutter convention in order to attempt being the classic it so desperately wants to be. You know you're in trouble when on-screen time passages are illustrated as culture montages, but when they're accompanied by songs from Jackson Browne and John Lennon, it's just a commercial break for stock film libraries. In fact, the messianic Lennon references are cloying at best. (Although Holland singing to his son was kinda sweet.) I realize average audiences probably enjoy pedestrian film-making like this in order to justify something or another; me, I'm just glad I only had to watch it once. It's not terrible but the great parts are mired by too many maudlin clichés. Jay Thomas turns in a great support role as the football coach.

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