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Shine (1996)

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

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Justin Braine ...
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Gordon Poole ...
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Ben Rosen
Danielle Cox ...
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Rebecca Gooden ...
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Marta Kaczmarek ...
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John Cousins ...
Jim Minogue
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Paul Linkson ...
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Randall Berger ...
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As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter. When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms. However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions. Written by Jwelch5742

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A true story of the mystery of music and the miracle of love See more »


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Rated PG-13 for nudity/sensuality and intense thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Claroscuro  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$162,179 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$35,811,509 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The length of David Helfgott's cigarette when playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" at Moby's. See more »

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Peter: Religion is nonsense.
Ben Rosen: It's also a gold mine if you know where to dig.
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Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

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Referenced in Langt fra Las Vegas: Sexfreak (2001) See more »

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Gloria, rv 589
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Arranged by David Hirschfelder & Ricky Edwards
© PolyGram Music Publishing/Mushroom Music
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A stunning film
4 August 2000 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely in my top five favorite movies of all time. It is unbelievably brilliant. Geoffrey Rush, dare I say, is perhaps the greatest actor of modern times. His performance alone is worth watching, let alone the outstanding supporting cast! Definitely not in typical Hollywood fashion, the movie is a truly great indie film. A must see for music lovers and indie film lovers alike.


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