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Mr. Holland’s Opus Cast: Richard Dreyfuss and Talented Ensemble

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Mr. Hollands Opus Cast
Mr. Hollands Opus Cast

Mr. Holland’s Opus Cast (also known as Mr. Holland’s Opus: Part Two, released 1995 in America by Stephen Herek and Patrick Sheane Duncan. Produced by Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, Michael Nolin and Patrick Sheane Duncan). Starring Richard Dreyfuss as Glenn Holland, an ambitious high school music teacher struggling to compose his own composition while managing both work and family life while trying to compose it himself; supporting roles include Glenne Headly, Olympia Dukakis William H Macy and Jay Thomas as supporting cast.

It earned nominations from both Golden Globe Award nominations as well as both awards nominations; Golden Globe Nominee Golden Globe Nominee Golden Globe Nominee Award Best Screenplay Award nominations as well as Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor Richard Dreyfuss himself earned nominations from both awards nominations!

Mr. Holland’s Opus Cast Summary

This film chronicles three decades of Holland’s teaching career at John F. Kennedy High School in Portland, Oregon between 1964 and 1995. Holland initially encountered difficulties connecting with his students, but eventually discovered how popular music could be used to captivate and inspire them, leading him to establish school marching bands, orchestras and musical productions.

He becomes an invaluable guide and mentor to many of his students, such as Gertrude Lang – a shy clarinetist who blossoms into an outgoing singer; Louis Russ, an outstanding drummer aspiring to compose; and Rowena Morgan, an exquisite vocalist with romantic feelings toward Holland. Since Holland devotes most of his time and attention to his professional duties, he rarely finds time for creative pursuits or spending quality time with Iris and their son Cole – who was born deaf – whom they share a home. Holland becomes frustrated that he can’t share his love of music with his son, as well as failing to learn American Sign Language correctly, causing a divide in their family dynamic. Over time, Holland grows closer to his students at Kennedy High while becoming distant from himself and his own son.

After having an argument with his teenage son, Holland is finally forced to realize his mistakes and adapt his methods of communicating with his son in order to help visualize music he cannot hear. Holland also works to restore his relationship with his wife, supporting her efforts to teach Cole sign language and enroll him in a deaf school. Unfortunately, budget cuts result in his forced retirement due to budget reductions at Kennedy High.

He feels he has lived his life for nothing, unable to reach his dream of creating an epic symphony. However, Holland is taken aback when his former students, colleagues, and friends organize a farewell ceremony for him that includes secret rehearsals of his symphony under Gertrude Lang – now governor of Oregon – who conducts it. Holland becomes overcome with emotion as he conducts it for the first time before an auditorium filled with Iris and Cole who sign “I love you”.

Cast of characters include Richard Dreyfuss as Glenn Holland

Cast of characters include Richard Dreyfuss as Glenn Holland

1. Richard Dreyfuss as Glenn Holland

Richard Dreyfuss as Glenn Holland

2. Glenne Headly as Iris Holland

Glenne Headly as Iris Holland

3. Jay Thomas as Bill Meister

Jay Thomas as Bill Meister

4. William H. Macy as Vice Principal Gene Wolters

William H. Macy as Vice Principal Gene Wolters

5. Alicia Witt as Gertrude Lang

Alicia Witt as Gertrude Lang

6. Terrence Howard as Louis Russ

Terrence Howard as Louis Russ

7. Damon Whitaker as Bobby Tidd

Damon Whitaker as Bobby Tidd

8. Jean Louisa Kelly as Rowena Morgan

Jean Louisa Kelly as Rowena Morgan

9. Alexandra Boyd as Sarah Olmstead

Alexandra Boyd as Sarah Olmstead

10. Nicholas John Renner as Cole at 6 Years Old

Nicholas John Renner as Cole at 6 Years Old

11. Joseph Anderson as Cole at 15 Years Old

Joseph Anderson as Cole at 15 Years Old

12. Anthony Natale as Cole at 28 Years Old

Anthony Natale as Cole at 28 Years Old

14. Beth Maitland as Deaf School Principal

Beth Maitland as Deaf School Principal

15. Benjamin J. Dixon as Mr. Mims

Benjamin J. Dixon as Mr. Mims

16. Moira Feeney as Ms. Godfrey

Moira Feeney as Ms. Godfrey

17. Joshua Minnick as Mr. Shapiro

Joshua Minnick as Mr. Shapiro

18. Ashley Hamrick as Miss Reeves

Ashley Hamrick as Miss Reeves

19. Spencer Riviera as Mr. Hosta

Spencer Riviera as Mr. Hosta

20. Sean Bevington as Mr. McMartin

Sean Bevington as Mr. McMartin

21. Ted Roisum as Dr. Sorenson

Ted Roisum as Dr. Sorenson

FAQ: The Ultimate Guide to Your Questions

Q: What was the name of Holland’s Symphony?

A: Holland was inspired to compose his American Symphony by events and people in his life – his son’s deafness, his wife’s affectionate support, his students’ achievements and their goals as well as their own dreams.

Q: What song will Rowena sing at the school dance?

A: George and Ira Gershwin wrote “Someone to Watch Over Me”, which became a jazz standard after it first being performed for Oh Kay! in 1926.

Q: Why the name, “Mr. Holland’s Opus?”?

A: The title refers to both Holland’s symphony and teaching career as one cohesive work of art – his opus being not only his music, but also the students that remain his legacy and greatest accomplishment.

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