Mr. Holland’s Opus (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

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Mr. Holland’s Opus (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

Mr. Holland’s Opus Details:

Celebrated actor Richard Dreyfuss earned an Academy Award nomination (Best Actor, 1995) for his unforgettable role in this heartwarming tale about the importance of following your passion. Glen Holland is a musician who dreams of composing one truly memorable piece of music, but reality intrudes when he reluctantly accepts a “day job” as a high school music teacher to support his family. Ultimately, Mr. Holland realizes that his true passion is teaching and his legacy is the generations of young people he inspires.


Key Cast:

  • 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
  • Jean Louisa Kelly: Rowena Morgan
  • Alicia Witt: younger Gertrude Lang
  • Joanna Gleason: Older Governor Gertrude Lang
  • Damon Whitaker: Bobby Tidd
  • Terrence Howard: Louis Russ
  • Alexandra Boyd: Sarah Olmstead
  • Nicholas John Renner: Coltrane “Cole” Holland (age 6)
  • Joseph Anderson: Coltrane “Cole” Holland (age 15)
  • Anthony Natale: Coltrane “Cole” Holland (age 28)
  • Beth Maitland: Deaf School Principal
  • Balthazar Getty: Stadler

Key Crew:

  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Producers: Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, Michael Nolin and Patrick Sheane Duncan
  • Writer: Patrick Sheane Duncan
$106.2 million
Nominated Academy Award; Nominated Golden Globe