Music of the Heart (1999)

PG   |    |  Drama, Music


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Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.


6.8/10
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  • Wes Craven and Angela Bassett in Music of the Heart (1999)
  • Meryl Streep stars as Roberta Guaspari
  • Roberta & son
  • Meryl Streep and Michael Angarano in Music of the Heart (1999)
  • Roberta & Isabel in the classroom
  • Roberta instructs a boy in playing the violin

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4 August 2000 | TxMike
A wonderful, wonderful movie for any music-lover, one of the very few I rate "10"!
Even though I had been wanting to see "Music of the Heart" for a while now, and I expected to like it, I didn't expect it to be one of my favorites of all time. Which it now is.

Meryl Streep, in the lead role, is nothing short of fantastic. She studied violin virtually every day, for 2 to 4 hours a day, for 3 months because she insisted on doing all her on-screen playing. She was so good that duing warm-up for the Carnegie Hall scene, famous violinists Issac Stern and Jascha Heifitz stood in amazement at how good she was. Watching the movie, I honestly became unaware that she was an "actress" in a movie, and that seldom happens with me.

The most enjoyable scenes were those showing young children make music. And the Carnegie Hall performance, with all those real-world virtuoso violinists, is one of the most moving scenes imaginable, when you consider what had transpired leading up to it.

This movie is based on the real story of a real music teacher in Harlem. It is a wonderful story of how one person through love and persistence can affect so many in such a positive way. This movie, unlike most, will stay with me for a long, long time.

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