Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart

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Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett

     
 

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After devoting his career to such horror films as Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Last House on the Left, director Wes Craven makes a dramatic change of pace with this inspiring drama about a teacher who helps change the lives of her students. Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras (Meryl Streep) teaches at an elementary school in Harlem, where

Overview

After devoting his career to such horror films as Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Last House on the Left, director Wes Craven makes a dramatic change of pace with this inspiring drama about a teacher who helps change the lives of her students. Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras (Meryl Streep) teaches at an elementary school in Harlem, where discipline is a higher priority than the lively arts. But Roberta believes that studying music will give the children a sense of purpose invaluable in later life. Despite indifference from the school administration and budget cuts that force her to seek outside funding (and even threaten her job), Roberta struggles to teach the violin to her students, instilling a love of classical music in kids who might otherwise never have heard Bach or Mozart, and leading to a student recital at Carnegie Hall. Angela Bassett, Cloris Leachman, and Aidan Quinn highlight the supporting cast, and virtuoso violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves. The Music of the Heart is based on a true story; the real Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her students can be seen in the documentary Small Wonders.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Wes Craven has brought audiences some wonderfully creepy slasher films throughout the years, including the Nightmare on Elm Street series and the Scream series. Who would have guessed this same man could pull off a sentimental, true-life story of a woman who magically transforms a non-existent music program into one that performs at Carnegie Hall? Without all the trappings of a traditional, sappy Hollywood film, Craven shows us real people fighting for a real, everyday cause: education. Meryl Streep has engaged audiences in her roles in such classic films such as Silkwood and Manhattan, and in this one, she shines just as she always has. Streep brings the perfect blend of sophistication and realness to the role of Roberta. Music may be too sappy for hardcore Wes Craven fans; however, this is a good solid film with a great message.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
UPC:
0096009018412
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
2:04:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Roberta Tsavaras
Aidan Quinn Brian Sinclair
Angela Bassett Janet Williams
Cloris Leachman Assunta Guaspari
Gloria Estefan Isabel Vasquez
Josh Pais Dennis
Jay O. Sanders Dan
Charlie Hofheimer Nick (17)
Kieran Culkin Lexi (15)
Michael Angarano Nick (7)
Henry Dinhofer Lexi (5)
Isaac Stern himself
Itzhak Perlman himself
Arnold Steinhardt himself
Mark O'Connor himself
Michael Tree himself
Charles Veal himself
Karen Briggs herself
Sandra Park herself
Diane Monroe herself
Jonathan Feldman himself
Jane Leeves Actor

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart M. Besser Producer
Sharon Boyle Musical Direction/Supervision
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Gregg Featherman Editor
Sandy Gallin Executive Producer
Pamela Gray Screenwriter
Susan Kaplan Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Beth Kuhn Art Director
Patrick Lussier Editor
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Marianne Maddalena Producer
Bruce A. Miller Production Designer
Allan Miller Producer
Walter Scheuer Producer
Amy Slotnick Executive Producer
Todd Toon Sound/Sound Designer
Diane Warren Songwriter
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Commentary track; Deleted scenes; Behind the scenes at Carnegie Hall; Making of the music video; Scoring session -behind the scenes; Interviews with the musicians

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Music of the Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this when i was just in my secound year of violn this movie inspered me to practice and dedicate myself more to learning the violin.you have to see this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the inspiration to see this movie after meeting her son Nick at my school. He is the cellist in the Shanghai String Quartet, and a wonderful person. As a violinist/violist, this movie really hit home. I am a music major and am currently working towards my masters. I know what those children went thru, I've played ALL those pieces and I teach them as well. My heros Itzhak Perlman and Issac Stern were in it as well! A MUST HAVE FOR ALL STRING PLAYERS!!! Go visit www.shanghaiquartet.com!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Children acting in this film were also very good and believeable in their roles.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie. Everyone should see this movie at least once. It will really touch your heart.