Music of the Heart

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Music of the Heart
Directed by Wes Craven
Produced by Susan Kaplan
Marianne Maddalena
Allan Miller
Walter Scheuer
Written by Pamela Gray
Starring Meryl Streep
Gloria Estefan
Angela Bassett
Aidan Quinn
Cloris Leachman
Jane Leeves
Kieran Culkin
Charlie Hofheimer
Music by Mason Daring
Cinematography Peter Deming
Editing by Gregg Featherman
Patrick Lussier
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) October 29, 1999
Running time 123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $27 million[1]
Money made $14,859,394[1]


Music of the Heart is a 1999 American drama movie. It was directed by Wes Craven and was produced by Susan Kaplan, Marianne Maddalena, Allan Miller, and Walter Scheuer. Music of the Heart was released on October 29, 1999. The movie is based on the true story of Roberta Guaspari, who was the co-founder the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. It is director Wes Craven's movie outside of the horror/thriller genre to date. It was also his first movie to receive an Academy Award nomination.

The movie gained mixed reviews from critics and holds a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] Movie critic Roger Ebert gave the movie 3 out of 4 stars and said, "Meryl Streep is known for her mastery of accents; she may be the most versatile speaker in the movies. Here you might think she has no accent, unless you've heard her real speaking voice; then you realize that Guaspari's speaking style is no less a particular achievement than Streep's other accents. This is not Streep's voice, but someone else's - with a certain flat quality, as if later education and refinement came after a somewhat unsophisticated childhood."[3]

The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards; Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress and scored songwriter Diane Warren was nominated for Best Original Song for the song "Music of My Heart".[4] Streep was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Music of the Heart". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-2-10.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "Music of the Heart". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-2-10.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. "Music of the Heart". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 2015-2-10.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Music of the Heart - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-2-10.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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