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Mr. Holland's Opus is a Technicolor 1995 drama film in which Richard Dreyfuss plays Glenn Holland, a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while trying to compose one memorable piece of music to make him famous. The movie is a re-imagining of the 1966 Disney movie, "Follow Me, Boys!" which starred Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell.


The story follows Mr. Holland's teaching career over a 30-year span. The film features American history from the 1960s to the 1990s, including the Vietnam War, assassination of John Lennon, and the Watergate scandal. The story also deals with the issues of attitudes towards the deaf and the cutting of arts programs in public schools across the United States.



The film features an orchestral score by Michael Kamen and many pieces of classical music. Kamen also wrote An American Symphony, the work Mr. Holland is shown working on throughout the movie.

The movie was written by Patrick Sheane Duncan (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination) and directed by Stephen Herek. Dreyfuss was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

It was filmed in Portland, Oregonmarker and vicinity.

Soundtrack releases

Two soundtrack albums were released for this film in January 1996. One is the original motion picture score, and includes all of the original music written for the film by Michael Kamen. The second album is a collection of popular music featured in the film:

  1. "Visions Of A Sunset" - Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men)
  2. "One, Two, Three" - Len Barry
  3. "A Lover's Concerto" - The Toys
  4. "Keep On Running" - Spencer Davis Group
  5. "Uptight " - Stevie Wonder
  6. "Imagine" - John Lennon
  7. "The Pretender" - Jackson Browne
  8. "Someone To Watch Over Me" - Julia Fordham
  9. "I Got A Woman" - Ray Charles
  10. "Beautiful Boy " - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  11. "Cole's Song" - Julian Lennon & Tim Renwick
  12. "An American Symphony (Mr. Holland's Opus)" - London Metropolitan Orchestra & Michael Kamen

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Inspired by the motion picture, its composer, Michael Kamen, founded The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (MHOF) in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education.

Financial aspects

In the United Statesmarker, gross domestic takings totalled US$ 82,569,971. International takings are estimated at $23,700,000, for a gross worldwide takings of $106,269,971. Rental totals reached $36,550,000 in the US.

Similar films

A few other films with a similar theme, e.g. someone with a love for classical music and their journey as a result of their passion include August Rush and The Competition.

External links


  1. Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

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