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Music of the Heart Details

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After devoting his career to such horror films as Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Last House on the Left, director Wes Craven makes a dramatic change of pace with this inspiring drama about a teacher who helps change the lives of her students. Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras (Meryl Streep) teaches at an elementary school in Harlem, where discipline is a higher priority than the lively arts. But Roberta believes that studying music will give the children a sense of purpose invaluable in later life. Despite indifference from the school administration and budget cuts that force her to seek outside funding (and even threaten her job), Roberta struggles to teach the violin to her students, instilling a love of classical music in kids who might otherwise never have heard Bach or Mozart, and leading to a student recital at Carnegie Hall. Angela Bassett, Cloris Leachman, and Aidan Quinn highlight the supporting cast, and virtuoso violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves. The Music of the Heart is based on a true story; the real Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her students can be seen in the documentary Small Wonders. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 6, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Screen Actors Guild Meryl Streep Best Female Actor in a Leading Role 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meryl Streep Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Meryl Streep Best Actress 1999 Nominee

Cast

Meryl Streep
as Roberta Tsavaras
Aidan Quinn
as Brian Sinclair
Angela Bassett
as Janet Williams
Cloris Leachman
as Assunta Guaspari
Gloria Estefan
as Isabel Vasquez
Josh Pais
as Dennis
Jay O. Sanders
as Dan
Charlie Hofheimer
as Nick (17)
Kieran Culkin
as Lexi (15)
Michael Angarano
as Nick (7)
Isaac Stern
as himself
Itzhak Perlman
as himself
Arnold Steinhardt
as himself
Michael Tree
as himself
Karen Briggs
as herself
Diane Monroe
as herself
Jane Leeves

Crew

Wes Craven
Director
Stuart M. Besser
Producer
Allan Miller
Producer
Susan Kaplan
Producer
Marianne Maddalena
Producer
Walter Scheuer
Producer
Pamela Gray
Screenwriter
Peter Deming
Cinematographer
Mason K. Daring
Composer (Music Score)
Sharon Boyle
Musical Direction/Supervision
Patrick Lussier
Editor
Gregg Featherman
Editor
Beth Kuhn
Art Director
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Sandy Gallin
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Amy Slotnick
Executive Producer
Susan Lyall
Costume Designer
Michael Barosky
Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Toon
Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman
Casting
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