Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Mr. Holland's Opus
Yes. As one lefty to another, he and I must be the only ones in our "right minds"!
|What was the name of the symphony Glen wrote a bit at a time over the years?||Mr. Holland's Opus
The American Symphony.. It was played for the first time at Mr. Holland's going away party-not a dry eye in the place!
|Who was the Master of Ceremonies for the going away party for Mr. Holland?||Mr. Holland's Opus
The Honorable Gertrude Lang, Governor of the state. ...and Kennedy High School alumni.
the eagle. You only see the reference to the mascot once during the movie...about 1/2 way through the movie.
|Phil Meister, Glen's friend at Kennedy High was the phys ed teacher and football coach. What did he minor in during college?||Mr. Holland's Opus
modern dance. ..."and I'll make those football players look better then the June Taylor dancers." He did that-they clean up real well!
He put on a show with music and flashing lights for Cole's school.. AND he sang and signed a song by John Lennon. He apologized for anyone with out hearing difficulties. Anyone who was deaf would appreciate having hearing difficulties.
|Lewis Russ was the boy Mr. Holland taught to play the drums so that he could get into the marching band-so he could stay on the wrestling team-so he could go to college and make something of himself. What happens to him?||Mr. Holland's Opus
He was killed in Vietnam. Lewis was one of Mr. Holland's first success stories- "Mr Russ, you have the beat". He did get to college on a wrestling scholarship.
Rowena Morgan. Rowena wanted more then a teacher/student relationship. It is good that nothing happened.
|When Glen came to school to gather his possessions out of his class room for the last time, what did the football coach say he had a load of in the spin cycle?||Mr. Holland's Opus
jock straps. Of course the real reason he was there would become apparent later on.
|What kind of car was Glen driving when he pulled into the school parking lot the first day he taught?||Mr. Holland's Opus
a Corvair. ...and at the end of the movie, 30 years later, the car was still around. Cole had it and Glen couldn't have it back-"it's a classic"
I assume Glen got another car...hopefully before the "tires fell off".
|What kind of senior musical program did Mr. Holland pull together that was going to make money for the school?||Mr. Holland's Opus
A George and Ira Gershwin musical review.. Involving the football players in tuxes and ladies in long, fancy dresses, and yes, it did make money!
Music Appreciation. Those kids didn't seems to appreciate anything. Did Mr. Holland ever change their minds! Years later, former students would tell them how fun and interesting the classes had been.
he didn't react when the fire whistle was blown during the parade. It most certainly hurt everyone else's ears, but Cole slept through it all. As it turned out he had a 90% hearing loss.
John F. Kennedy High School. The name was getting changed on the building that first day Mr. Holland came to teach.
|What was the name of the very first student Mr. Holland had tutoring
sessions with before the school day started?||Mr. Holland's Opus
Gertrude Lang. Gertrude wanted to be good at something. She had a sister going to college on a ballet scholarship, a brother going to Notre Dame on a football scholarship, a mother who does beautiful water color paintings, and a father who sings for a living. 30 years later did she ever find her place in life - the governor of the state!
|What did Mrs. Jacobs give to Mr. Holland when she told him she was retiring?||Mr. Holland's Opus
a compass. ...so he would know which direction to go in life. It used to be her father's compass.
John Coltrane. John Coltraine was a jazz musician...I've never heard his music, but apparently it is something that grows on you...such as when Iris tells Glen she is pregnant.
|What did Mr. Holland do over the summer instead of composing when he and his wife decided it was time to buy a house?||Mr. Holland's Opus
taught driver's education. ...or as Mr. Holland called it the year that Mrs. Jacobs retired, the
Clyde Crashcup School of Driver's Ed! Does anyone really drive like that during the behind-the-wheel portion of Driver's Ed?
|Among everything Mr. Holland said over the the years, he said it is considered uncouth to do what?||Mr. Holland's Opus
empty your spit valve on the floor, especially on the shoes on the person next to you. During the "goodbye" get together at the end of the movie, you will see the man he was talking about, doing just that - right onto the floor!
So he could compose in his free time.. As it turned out, Mr. Holland rarely had free time. This is true of all teachers. You don't go into teaching for the money or the free time you'll have!
American Symphony. Mr. Holland worked most of his career on this piece.
Football and Wrestling. He was taken off the football team because he didn't have the grades, so Mr. Holland taught him to play the drums, giving the student, Louis Russ, the credit that he needed to wrestle.
Michael. Michael Stadler (I think that's how you spell the last name) thought that he knew everything there was to know about music. He said that he didn't have to put any effort into the class because he knew the material, so Mr. Holland told him to prove it by writing the paper.
Mr. Holland: ...
Gertrude. Mr. Holland asked Gertrude which attribute of herself she was proudest of. Gertrude said that it was her hair, because her father always said that it reminded him of the sunset, so Mr. Holland told her to "play the sunset."
In the movie, Gertrude went on to become the governor of Oregon.
Rowena. Mr. Holland encouraged Rowena to do whatever she wanted after she graduated, so Rowena decided not to work in the restaurant that her family owned, but instead to go New York and sing there.
An Evening with Gershwin. The musical was put on so that the school could make the money that they lacked at the time.
A compass. Earlier, when she noticed that Mr. Holland didn't seem like he wanted to be there, she had said that a teacher should be able to give direction to a student's life, so she gave Mr. Holland a compass as a meaningful gift before she left.
Deaf. Iris finds out that Cole is deaf when they are at a parade in which Mr. Holland is leading the marching band. A fire truck sounds its horn very loudly, and everyone winces, except for Cole, who remained asleep in his stroller.
Coltrane. In the scene when Coltrane (or Cole, as they call him) is being born, Mr. Holland is in a car teaching driver's education to some students. He speeds the car to the hospital, doing things with a car that a driver's ed. teacher would not want to teach his students.
Driver's Education. He teaches Driver's Ed. so that he can make extra money to get a bigger place to live because his wife had just become pregnant.
Iris. Iris is played by Glenne Headly.