Music of the Heart


2h 4m 1999

Brief Synopsis

Based on the true story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her passion for teaching. A single mother of two young children, whose husband left her for a family friend, leaves the security of her small hometown and moves to East Harlem and begins teaching violin to support her family. She didn't have e

Film Details

Also Known As
La Musique de mon coeur, Musique de mon coeur
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Music
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Synopsis

Based on the true story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her passion for teaching. A single mother of two young children, whose husband left her for a family friend, leaves the security of her small hometown and moves to East Harlem and begins teaching violin to support her family. She didn't have extensive experience to offer the school; she had her talent, her determination, and her violins. At first, the kids, the parents, and the principal were skeptical. But, Roberta taught with such passion that it was infectious and soon her young violinists were manifesting incredible results--they were making beautiful, sophisticated music. The children proved to be dedicated, bright and disciplined young musicians. Despite her success, after 10 years of teaching, the Board of Education eliminates her position due to budget cuts, Roberta fights back and refuses to stop. Instead she starts her own non-profit organization to fund a violin program for three East Harlem public schools.

Cast

Anibal Crooklyn Cuevas

Robert Ari

Justin Pierre Edmund

Jose Miguel Rojas

Jay O Sanders

Diane Monroe

Herself

Jonathan Feldman

Himself

Charles Veal

Himself

Asha Sapp

Kirby Mitchell

Scott Owen Cumberbatch

Jade Yorker

Rafael John Alan Hines

Lucy Nonas-barnes

Josh Pais

Cole Hawkins

Rosalyn Coleman

Amanda Muchnick

Adam Lefevre

Isabel Segovia

Andrew Mayer

Melay Araya

Isaiah Sheffer

Angela Bassett

Majid R Khaliq

Michael Tree

Himself

Tom Martin

Jraida Polanco

Dominic Walters

Itzhak Perlman

Himself

Gloria Estefan

Cloris Leachman

Meryl Streep

Sara Allen

Amelia Gold

Performer

Jordan Ware

Mark O'connor

Himself

Willie Stiggers

Naeem Jones

Leilani Irvin

Aidan Quinn

Henry Dinhoffer

Jean-luke Figueroa

Edmund Wilkinson

Teddy Coluca

Hazel J Medina

Mateo Gomez

Barbara Gonzalez

Kieran Culkin

Sam Fox Royston

Roberta Guaspari

Performer

Molly Gia Foresta

Cristina Gomez

Asease Korankyi

Betsy Aidem

Christopher Lopez

Jane Leeves

Ama Korankyi

Rebecca Dinhoffer

Charlie Hofheimer

Sophia Guaspari

Justin Spaulding

Chantilly Mariani

Leon Addison Brown

Sam Deutch

Christopher Katrandjian

Lucy Little

John A Mcginty

Eva Loomis

Isaac Stern

Himself

Arnold Steinhardt

Himself

Joshua Bell

Himself

Socorro Santiago

Victoria Gomez

Jerry Detitta

Lead Person

Karen Briggs

Herself

Justin Daly

Kevin Miller

Tarik Lowe

French Napier

Ian Quinlan

Myra Lucretia Taylor

Arthur French

Olga Merediz

Zoe Sternbach-taubman

Gideon Jacobs

Rosalyn Benniman

Julie Janney

Michael Angarano

Ruben Jared Seraballs

Omari Toomer

Lynelle Smith

Performer

Christian Berreondo

Crew

Bill Abbott

Music Editor

Mick Abraham

Other

Richard Seth Abramson

Other

Liza Alhadeff

Camera Assistant

Bill Almeida

Lighting Technician

Besty Alton

Assistant Production Coordinator

Jill E Anderson

Costumes

Tina Anderson

Post-Production Coordinator

Matiki Anoff

Makeup

Daniel Arredondo

Post-Production Supervisor

Daniel Arredondo

Associate Producer

David Baden

Assistant

Michael Barosky

Sound

Joshua Bell

Other

Stuart Besser

Coproducer

Nicholas J Biangiulio

Stunts

Jared Blaut

Production Assistant

Joan G. Bostwick

Assistant Director

Beth Bowling

Casting Associate

Sharon Boyle

Music Supervisor

Karen Briggs

Other

Gary Brink

Dresser

Kevin Brink

On-Set Dresser

Bonnie Brinkley

Assistant Art Director

Patty Brolsma

Boom Operator

Pete Bucossi

Stunt Coordinator

Brad Carpenter

Other

Chuck Casey

Costume Supervisor

Michael Cavotta

Dresser

Rocky Claxtron

Grip

Darian Corley

Art Assistant

Daniel Cournoyer

Grip

Caryn Cozzolino

Craft Service

Jonathan Craven

Other

Wes Craven

Screenplay

David Crockett

Production Auditor

Ralph Crowley

Lighting

Karen Cusick

Art Department Coordinator

Davey Cutler

Craft Service

Greg D'auria

Assistant Editor

Mason Daring

Music

Rena De Grella

Accountant

Peter Deming

Other

Peter Deming

Director Of Photography

Matt Denicola

Carpenter

George Detitta Jr.

Set Decorator

Lois Dilivio

Music

Richard Dowgin

Grip

Midge Duffy

Assistant Property Master

John Embry

Post-Production Assistant

Gloria Estefan

Song Performer

Gregg Featherman

Editor

Elizabeth Feldbauer

Set Costumer

Jonathan Feldman

Other

Robert K. Feldmann

Grip

Cyd Fenwick

Camera

Danny Ferrington

Special Effects

Dan Finn

Grip

Paul Fischer

Other

Stephanie Fischette

Costumes

David Flaiz

Foreman

Sandy Gallin

Coproducer

Carolyn Gershenson

Medic

Dr. Peter M Gershenson

Medic

Laura G Gillen

Scenic Artist

Eileen Goh

Set Costumer

Lizz Grant

Production Coordinator

Dennis Green

Video Playback

Michael Odell Green

Scenic Artist

Al Griswold

Special Effects Coordinator

Roberta Guaspari

Story By

Roberta Guaspari

From Story

Cecil Ham

Production Assistant

Lincoln Harris

Grip

Kerry Hayes

Photography

Anne Beiser Haywood

Other

Brent Haywood

Construction Coordinator

Lisa Hazell

Hair Stylist

Thomas J Heilig

Transportation Captain

J. Roy Helland

Makeup Artist

Duncan Hoxworth

Carpenter

Susan Humphrey

Animal Trainer

Travis Jacobs

Stunts

Anthony Jamison

Apprentice

Jon Mark Johnson

Other

Autumn Jones

Scenic Artist

Susan Kaplan

Producer

Nora Kasarda

Art Assistant

Avy Kaufman

Casting

Lauren Klain

Production Assistant

Elizabeth Klenk

Location Assistant

Julius Kozlowski

Other

Steve Kriegler

Dresser

Beth Kuhn

Art Director

Zibgniew Kuros

Grip

Julie Lichter

Casting Associate

Frank Lindquist

Advisor

Clayton Liotta

Steadicam Operator

Chris Lombardozzi

Lighting Technician

Bob Luke

Advisor

Jonathan Lumley

Lighting Technician

Patrick Lussier

Editor

Susan Lyall

Costume Designer

Bruce Maccallum

Camera Operator

William Macghee

Lighting Technician

Marianne Maddalena

Producer

Rick Marroquin

Dolly Grip

Raymond Martin

Other

Nicholas C Mastandrea

Associate Producer

Jim Mcconkey

Steadicam Operator

Allan Miller

Other

Allan Miller

Producer

Ann Miller

Property Master

Bruce Alan Miller

Production Designer

Meredith Mills

Assistant

Debra Mintz

Production Assistant

Diane Monroe

Other

Lisa Mozden

Assistant Editor

Carol Ness

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Vic Nowak

Transportation Co-Captain

Pepper O'brien

Accounting Assistant

Sean O'brien

Grip

Mark O'connor

Other

Maggi O'donnell

Assistant

Murphy Occhino

Production Assistant

Myron Odegaard

Gaffer

Young Musicians Organization

Special Thanks To

Michael Papadopoulos

Lighting Technician

Sandra Park

Advisor

Itzhak Perlman

Other

David M Perry

Production Assistant

Christopher Peterson

Assistant Costume Designer

Michael Phillips

Lighting Technician

David Poses

Carpenter

Tom Potoskie

Lighting Technician

Chuck Potter

Assistant Set Decorator

Sabatino Rea

Grip

John Robert Reed

Location Assistant

Lance Reisch

Production Assistant

Alex Renskoff

Apprentice

Frankie Ritacco

Costume Supervisor

Edie Rugolo

Special Thanks To

Janet Rush

Scenic Artist

Suzanne Santry

Assistant

Walter Scheuer

Producer

Robert Schmidt

Grip

Eileen Schreiber

Assistant Camera Operator

Phil Schulz

Assistant Location Manager

Andrew J Sclocum

Location Assistant

Terence Scott

Production Assistant

Debbie Sheridan

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tom Shinn

Lighting Technician

Chris Silano

Assistant Camera Operator

Derrick Simmons

Stunts

Amy Slotnick

Executive Producer

Mark Sonderskov

Carpenter

Michael Spenelli

Editorial Assistant

Patricia Sprott

Scenic Artist

Arnold Steinhardt

Other

Isaac Stern

Other

Joni Tackette

Extras Casting Assistant

Paul Tompkins

Accountant

Todd Toon

Sound Supervisor

Joe Trammell

Video Playback

Michael Tree

Other

Rebeca Troconis

Editorial Assistant

Nick Tzavaras

Advisor

Kurt Uebersax

Dga Trainee

Gayle Vangrofsky

Location Manager

Justin Vanson

Grip

Anthony F Veader

Hair

Charles Veal

Other

John G. Velez

Lighting Technician

Andrew Vogliano

Assistant

Sheila G. Waldron

Script Supervisor

Diane Warren

Song

Bob Weinstein

Executive Producer

Harvey Weinstein

Executive Producer

Billal Wilson

Camera

Joshua Wingard

Grip

Sabrina Wright

Assistant Property Master

Debi Young

Makeup Artist

Jerry Yuen

Other

Scott Yurko

Camera

Iosif Yusupov

Scenic Artist

Klara Zieglerova

Assistant Art Director

Film Details

Also Known As
La Musique de mon coeur, Musique de mon coeur
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Music
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

1999
Meryl Streep

Best Song

1999

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Song ("Music of the Heart") from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1999 NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress (Angela Bassett).

Released in United States Fall October 29, 1999

Released in United States on Video April 25, 2000

Released in United States September 1999

Released in United States October 1999

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Dreams and Visions) September 1-11, 1999.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Closing Night) October 20-24, 1999.

"Music of the Heart" is based on the 1995 Academy Award-nominated feature documentary "Small Wonders" directed by Allan Miller.

Motion picture acting debut for music superstar Gloria Estefan.

Began shooting October 26, 1998.

Completed shooting January 29, 1999.

Released in United States Fall October 29, 1999

Released in United States on Video April 25, 2000

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Dreams and Visions) September 1-11, 1999.)

Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at American Film Institute (AFI) Los Angeles International Film Festival (Special Presentation) October 21-29, 1999.)

Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Closing Night) October 20-24, 1999.)

Nominated for the 1999 Golden Globe for Best Actress - Drama (Meryl Streep).