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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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Marta Kaczmarek ...
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Jim Minogue
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Storyline

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 father whose life was his family. A son whose music was his life. 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$35,811,509 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman expressed interest in playing David Helfgott, as his music and life story have both moved him. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Gillian: How do you feel?
David: I'm shocked, stunned and amazed.
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Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.20 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Polonaise In A Flat Major, Opus 53
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Ricky Edwards
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excellent film, good in all departments, seriously moving
23 October 2000 | by (Devizes, England) – See all my reviews

This is a good film in every sense but will mean most to fathers with strong views :).

The story of a brilliant young pianist whose relationship with his father drives him to some sort of mental illness. Watchable, absorbing, brilliantly edited, deeply seriously moving, one of the rare films that pays attention to incidental sound. Wonderful direction and acting. This is a seriously good film.


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