Music of the Heart

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by on 4/2/2007

When the whole family is so engrossed in a movie they forget to snack, you KNOW it's really something.

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Based on a the true story of a woman who enriches the lives of inner city children through violin lessons.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40134230
UPC 717951004956
UPC 14 00717951004956
Format DVD
Release Date 7/1/2003
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True Story
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Variety "...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
Premiere "...[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
Wes Craven
Aidan Quinn
Meryl Streep
Gloria Estefan
Cast & Crew
Aidan Quinn - Actor
Angela Bassett - Actor
Cloris Leachman - Actor
Meryl Streep - Actor
Peter Deming - Cinematographer
Wes Craven - Director
Mason Daring - Musical Score
Susan Kaplan, et al. - Producer
Pamela Gray - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 18310
UPC 00717951004956
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 124 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (2000) Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Actress In A Leading Role,Diane Warren, Nominee, Best Music, Song
Grammy (2000) Diane Warren, Nominee, Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media
Golden Globe (2000) Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama
Image Award (2000) Angela Bassett, Winner, Outsanding Supporting Actress In a Motion Picture
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review 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.
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)
NBC-TV The best movie of the year!

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