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Format: DVD
Sku: 40134230
UPC: 717951004956
UPC 14: 00717951004956
Category Keywords: Teachers  Theatrical Release  True Story
Rating: Game Rating Code
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She gave them a gift they could never imagine. They gave the system a fight it would never forget.
Based on a the true story of a woman who enriches the lives of inner city children through violin lessons.

"The best movie of the year!  NBC-TV

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.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/1/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 18310
Video UPC UPC: 00717951004956
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aidan Quinn
Video Cast Info Angela Bassett
Video Cast Info Cloris Leachman
Video Cast Info Meryl Streep
Video Cast Info Peter Deming - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Wes Craven - Director
Video Cast Info Mason Daring - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Susan Kaplan, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Pamela Gray - Writer
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.


Oscar (2000)
   Video Award Name Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Actress In A Leading Role
   Video Award Name Diane Warren, Nominee, Best Music, Song

Grammy (2000)
   Video Award Name Diane Warren, Nominee, Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media

Golden Globe (2000)
   Video Award Name Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama

Image Award (2000)
Video Award Name Angela Bassett, Winner, Outsanding Supporting Actress In a Motion Picture

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10
There are things I liked about Music of the Heart. The domestic scenes with Roberta attempting to raise her two sons while coping with the emotional loss of her husband have the ring of truth. The relationship between Brian and Roberta is developed in a low-key, believable manner. And perhaps the most interesting aspect of the movie is the way in which Craven explores the racial overtones inherent in Roberta's employment... With the grace and effectiveness of a chameleon, Streep can inhabit another personality, altering her appearance, accent, and demeanor at will. There is seemingly no role she is incapable of playing.

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