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Music of the Heart DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 220702464
UPC: 096009759391
UPC 14: 00096009759391
Category Keywords: Teachers  Theatrical Release  True Story
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
The uplifting true story of violin teacher Roberta Guaspari (Streep), a woman who battled insurmountable odds to teach underprivileged children in East Harlem the gift of music. As Roberta struggles to convince a skeptical school board--as well as skeptical parents--that this music will help the children immensely, she must conquer seemingly insurmountable odds to do just that. Eventually, she does. Based on the documentary SMALL WONDERS, MUSIC OF THE HEART proves that Craven is more than just a horror director.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Echo Bridge
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/3/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video UPC UPC: 00096009759391
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aidan Quinn
Video Cast Info Angela Bassett
Video Cast Info Cloris Leachman
Video Cast Info Charlie Hofheimer
Video Cast Info Jane Leeves
Video Cast Info Jay O. Sanders
Video Cast Info Meryl Streep
Video Cast Info Gloria Estefan
Video Cast Info Kieran Culkin
Video Cast Info Josh Pais
Video Cast Info Susan Lyall - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Peter Deming - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Patrick Lussier - Editor
Video Cast Info Alan Miller - Producer
Video Cast Info Pamela Gray - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Mason Daring - Composer
Video Cast Info Walter Scheuer - Producer
Video Cast Info Marianne Maddalena - Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Miller - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Wes Craven - Director
Plot Summary
After her husband leaves her, Roberta Guaspari (Streep) struggles to find a job. When she bumps into an old friend (Quinn), he tells her of a high school that could is without a music teacher. She meets with the school's principal (Bassett) and states her desire to teach the children the violin. The principal rejects her, citing lack of funding as one of the many excuses why it could never happen. Persistently, she eventually breaks her down and fights to establish a solid, effective program. Ten years later, the program has spread to other schools and is a smashing success. When funds are once again cut and the program is threatened for real, Roberta uses connections to get the injustice printed in the New York Times. A benefit concert ensues at Carnegie Hall, featuring appearances of such luminaries as Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, and Arnold Steinhardt.

Professional Reviews

"...A gloriously sentimental true life drama in which Meryl Streep offers another indelible portrayal..." p.50

Rolling Stone
"...Streep brings an edgy, no-bull quality to the role that pays off in earned sentiment at the inspirational finale..." 11/25/1999 p.112

"...[Streep is] commanding and touching..." -- 3 out of 5 stars 06/01/2000 p.100

USA Today
"Yearning for an old-fashioned movie with a well-told, uplifting message? MUSIC OF THE HEART is playing your song..." 10/29/1999 p.8E

Los Angeles Times
"...It's quite moving....MUSIC OF THE HEART has a lot of heart and a lot of music..." 10/29/1999 p.C16

Chicago Sun-Times
"...[This film] sticks to the real story, which has all the emotional wallop that's needed..." 10/29/1999 p.29

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