Music of the Heart

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"She gave them a gift they could never imagine. They gave the system a fight it would never forget."
  • PG
  • 1999
  • 2 hr 4 min
  • 6.8  (13,271)
  • 54

The 1999 drama film, Music of the Heart tells the story of Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep), a single mother with two sons who is abandoned by her husband. After moving to East Harlem, New York, Roberta becomes a violin teacher for young students in a public school. The school’s program is on the verge of being dismantled and Roberta fights to keep it afloat; she believes that music should be an integral part of every child’s education.

As Roberta faces challenges trying to develop a viable music program, she meets Janet (Angela Bassett), a fellow teacher, who becomes her closest friend and ally at the school. Together, they try to raise funds and recruit parents to help save their program.

Despite facing several roadblocks, Roberta remains dedicated to her work and her students. She draws inspiration from her own experience, as she once faced similar struggles to stay afloat as a musician in New York City. Reconnecting with an old mentor, the violin maker and repairman, William Preucil (Aidan Quinn), helps Roberta regain her confidence and remind her of her passion.

As Roberta and Janet’s efforts take hold, the program slowly develops and their students begin to improve. Roberta’s hard work and dedication are recognized outside the classroom as well, earning her opportunities to perform alongside world-renowned violinists.

Throughout the film, Roberta’s struggles as a single mother also come to light. She desperately wants a stable home life for her children, and she puts her life on hold to raise them. Meryl Streep’s brings her incredible talent and depth to the character, portraying both her professional and personal struggles with humanity and nuance.

The supporting cast are also standout performances in the movie. Cloris Leachman plays Brian’s (Robert’s youngest son) grandmother; her character adds compassion, humor and depth to the film. Angela Bassett’s Janet’s character is a respected teacher, but also a friend and confidante; she provides inspiration to align with Roberta’s vision.

As the film comes to a climax, an unexpected tragedy occurs that changes the course of Roberta’s life and career. Despite a heartbreaking setback, Roberta pushes through and continues to pursue her love of music.

The film’s soundtrack is composed by music legends, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, and the selections of classical and contemporary music are both uplifting and inspiring. The stunning classical music performances created for the movie are a standout feature, and add depth and texture to the inspiring and emotional storyline.

In conclusion, Music of the Heart is an emotional and inspiring drama with a heart-rending story line, where the performances create a gripping story with powerful themes of perseverance, love, and the importance of creativity in education. The film’s authentic depiction of the struggle to keep music alive in inner-city schools is a timeless message and an inspiring story of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Music of the Heart is a 1999 music movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 54.

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    6.8  (13,271)
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