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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 drama film, directed by Stephen Herek. It was partly intended as a remake of a previous film, Follow Me, Boys! (1966), but ended up very different. Among the most significant changes was the historical era covered. The original film was set in the 1930s and 1940s, this one covers a period of thirty years (1965–95).The film opens in 1965 with Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) as a professional musical performer who wants to turn his efforts to composing a piece of orchestral music, something he intends as his Magnum Opus. Needing a job that pays enough to support himself and his wife Iris (Glenne Headly), yet leaves enough free time to compose music, Holland accepts a position as a high school music teacher. He soon discovers the position leaves him firmly at the bottom of the hierarchy of teachers. And as his apathy for the job starts to become apparent, Principal Jacobs (Olympia Dukakis) starts demanding more actual effort from him.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The film then follows his life with a specific segment devoted to each decade and different trials he has to go through. His domestic problems include his only son Cole being effectively deaf and unable to understand his father's work. Iris forms a strong bond with the boy and learns sign language to better communicate. Glenn, however, can't bring himself to do it, and ends up somewhat estranged from his own family. Meanwhile, his school life includes more than teaching music. He inspires troubled students to make something of themselves, change their lives for the better.By 1995, Holland has spent most of his last three decades devoted to his students, at the cost of his personal life. His musical work is still incomplete and by now unlikely to ever see release. Even if completed, he is too old to re-establish his career. Then his life turns for the worst. New principal Gene Wolters (William H. Macy), who never cared for Holland anyway, decides to make necessary budget cuts. Among the first things to go are the music classes, leaving 60-year-old Holland unemployed. Holland fears he has wasted his life, and resigns himself to the fate of being forgotten by all those students he helped over the years.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Instead, he finds many of his former students have returned to help him complete his Magnum Opus and perform it for the first time, pointing out that their lives were made better because of him, and they repay the favor. The film ends with his family sitting among an entire auditorium of his students, both past and present, who have gathered to witness the aging Mr. Holland conduct his masterpiece.The film earned Dreyfuss an Oscar nomination for the Best Actor and a Golden Globe award. It was also a considerable box office hit, earning $106,269,971 in the international market. With almost $83 million from the United States market, it was the 12th most successful film of its year. Michael Kamen, who wrote some of the original music of the film, went on to found "The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation", devoted to "enabling more students to participate and experience a quality music education."
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Take Our Word for It: The "symphony" at the end of the film is okay, but really nothing to write home about — but then if the composer really wrote something as wonderful as it was supposed to be, he would have published it on his own. It is best described as Hollywood Classical, very Salieri-like.
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Extremely Lengthy Creation: In-Universe. Mr. Holland begins working on his opus in 1965, and takes a temp job teaching music to support this. It still isn't done 30 years later when his position is terminated. That doesn't stop his former students from coming together to perform it at his retirement party, though.
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Steel Ear Drums: Averted during the parade scene; see The Reveal above.
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Secret Relationship: Between Glenn and Rowena. Played with in that it's not infidelity (though Rowena seems to want to). Rather, Glenn just wants a talented student to succeed at her art, shipping her off to New York to live with friends who will help her. Iris finds out who Rowena is, and harbors fears Glenn did cheat on her. Those issues are never resolved on-screen, however. (It's possible with some minor sleuthing, Iris will realize that Glenn had no interest in her sexually.)
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Hidden Depths: Coach Meister reveals that he minored in dancing in college, and demonstrates with some moves. Sure enough, he's able to get the football players to dance well in the school play, as well as whip the marching band into shape.
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Dancing Bear: Invoked. To get people to come to the musical, Coach Meister suggests that they use the high school football team as the dancers. People will come to watch them make fools of themselves, but Meister — who minored in modern dance — teaches them to dance well.
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Brilliant, but Lazy: Stadler, one of Mr. Holland's students he helps. He eventually turns around after attending Louis Russ' funeral with Mr. Holland. Lou Russ is a complete inversion—not naturally academic, but willing to bust his butt to graduate.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Heavily on the idealistic and heartfelt.
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Character Development: The beginning has Mr. Holland going into teaching kicking and screaming. At the end, when fired, he leaves the system fighting as hard as he can. Mr. Holland finally connects with his students by showing them the influences of classical music on modern music. When Wolters complains about how Glenn is using rock and roll to teach music, Glenn is passionate in his defense. Lou Russ is a determined student, but not naturally gifted at academics or music. After realizing he can't give up on Russ, Mr. Holland starts giving him extra drum lessons. Lou genuinely starts enjoying the rhythm of percussion and gets applause from all his classmates when he figures out how to play. Stadler goes from a cocky but brilliant student to a mellow and mature adult by the end. It all started near Lou Russ' funeral. The first student he really helped - shy, meek Gertrude - gained enough self-confidence and courage and fortitude to become governor of their state.
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Time Passes Montage: The episodes of the film are broken up by these. For example, the final one leading to 1995 shows students with The '90s haircuts and even openly gay students holding hands on campus.
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Bittersweet Ending: Due to budget cuts, Mr. Holland is laid off after 30 years as a music teacher However, on his last day, he is given a surprise concert in his honor, where he finally makes his initial dream come true and is given a giant roar of applause once it's over. However, the music and art classes are still cut from the curriculum. Lou Russ's arc. He starts as a determined but not naturally gifted student. When Coach Meisters orders Mr. Holland to not give up on him, however, teacher and student bond over the extra drum lessons. This convinces Russ that if he can master drums, he can do anything. Though he dies in Vietnam, he receives full honors at his funeral.
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Adult Fear: Gertrude starts crying mid-practice and explains to Mr. Holland that she's worried she will never accomplish anything with how everyone in her family is an overachiever. Mr. Holland stops being stern, tells her You Were Trying Too Hard and convinces her to relax while playing. The scenes where Mr. and Mrs. Holland realize their infant son is deaf. They start calling his name, and Mr. Holland goes Oh, Crap! when Cole doesn't respond.
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Ignorant of the Call: This trope applies to this movie so much that it could have easily been called Ignorant of the Call: The Motion Picture. Glenn Holland believes he wasted his life because he became a music teacher instead of becoming famous as a composer. His current and former students, his friends, and his family (all of whose lives he shaped for the better) disagree. Strongly disagree.
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Fan Myopia: Invoked. When John Lennon is assassinated, Holland is surprised to find out that Lennon means something to his deaf son.
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Book Dumb: Louis Russ didn't seem to be stupid but is simply not good with grades. Everyone says that he tries hard and is an excellent athlete. As band is based largely on effort that's why Meister requested Mr. Holland take him in and improve his grades so he can go out for football and wrestling.
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Book-Ends: The beginning of the film has Mr. Holland conducting his opus that was in his head. The ending has him conducting it for real.
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Named After Somebody Famous: Coltraine Gershwin "Cole" Holland.
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Author Appeal: Done In-Universe when Holland stages a concert designed specifically for the hearing impaired, including lights timed with the music, inviting the deaf community to sit close so they can feel the beat and ending with Holland singing a song and signing it in American Sign Language.
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The Reveal: Iris realizes Cole is deaf when all the other kids at a parade the fire truck siren hurts people's ears and compels them to cover them while Cole remains in an undisturbed sleep.
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Teacher/Student Romance: it's heavily implied that Rowena had something of a crush on Glenn, and he may have reciprocated somewhat (although he only ever kissed her goodbye on the cheek).
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Dress Code: There is a scene where the principal sees that two girls are wearing skirts that are too short, so he sends them home.
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Camp Gay: Todd, who certainly has musical theater chops.
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Real Men Wear Pink: The football coach minored in Modern Dance in college and choreographs the big dance number in the school musical. He also shrewdly uses it, because people will be expecting his football players, who he trains for the play, to be stumbling all over the stage and will come for the spectacle... but be blown away by the dancing.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Principal Jacobs gives Holland a verbal beating when she notices how much he doesn't care about his work. Later Coach Meister gives one to him when Holland says he cannot teach Lou Russ, a willing eager student. At the end because budget cuts are costing Mr. Holland his job, he gives one to now Principal Wolters. He gives an even harsher one to the school board over the issue of cutting the arts, particularly addressed at the superintendent, a former student of his Iris gives her husband one when he fails to attend Cole's science fair in favor of working. Cole's enraged speech to Holland (signed, and interpreted by Iris) could also be considered one of these.
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All Is Well That Ends Well — by the end of the movie she is governor of the state, complete with an entourage.
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Present-Day Past: In the 1980 segment, Cole has a Kurt Cobain haircut, giving us a very clear reminder that the movie is from the mid-'90s.
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Era Establishing Scene: One of these follows each major time skip in the story.
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Rowena, Mr. Holland's highly talented student singer, decides to more or less run away to New York to try and make it on Broadway. Though they share a touching farewell at the bus stop, she is never heard from again.
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Overshadowed by Awesome: Gertrude took her struggles with playing the clarinet so hard because her family were all over-achievers and she felt inadequate next to them. All Is Well That Ends Well — by the end of the movie she is governor of the state, complete with an entourage.
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Bus Crash: Lou Russ dies in Vietnam. Mr. Holland is close to tears when attending his funeral.
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Odd Couple: Mr. Holland's closest friend ends up being the gym teacher Bill Meister. Not So Different: Bill has his own serious artistic skills as well, being an excellent dancer and even having minored in it during college.
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Not So Different: Bill has his own serious artistic skills as well, being an excellent dancer and even having minored in it during college.
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When You Coming Home, Dad?: Thinking that deafness makes music useless to Cole, Glenn refuses to share its beauty with him, instead focusing on his hearing students. A teen-aged Cole calls him out on it. (First off, for Glenn thinking Cole had no idea who John Lennon was, and since this is the first time Cole heard Lennon died, he might have been just as upset.)
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Took a Level in Badass: Roger Ebert remarked that the band at the beginning started playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and you could barely recognize it. By the climax Mr. Holland had a band formed from his students that would rival any orchestra.
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Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
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Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Coach Meister to the badly marching Marching Band.
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Due to the Dead: Lou Russ receives a military funeral with full honors.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: Inevitable with the 30 year time span, but most notably when Helen notes many parents still think of rock and roll as the devil's music.
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Oh, Crap!
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The scenes where Mr. and Mrs. Holland realize their infant son is deaf. They start calling his name, and Mr. Holland goes Oh, Crap! when Cole doesn't respond.
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Taps: Heard at Russ' funeral.
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