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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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Sylvia
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Alex Rafalowicz ...
Gordon Poole ...
Eisteddfod Presenter
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Ben Rosen
Danielle Cox ...
Suzie - Child
Rebecca Gooden ...
Margaret
Marta Kaczmarek ...
Rachel
John Cousins ...
Jim Minogue
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Paul Linkson ...
State Champion Announcer
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)

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

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$35,811,509 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Based on the life of pianist David Helfgott. See more »

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During the first music competition, we see one of the judges, Mr. Rosen, with his hand covering his face. The camera angle changes to the back of the room and his hand is now lower. The scene returns to view him from the side and his hand is on his face again. See more »

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David: It's a tough game, isn't it Roger?
Roger: It's a bloodsport.
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Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Arranged by David Hirschfelder & Ricky Edwards
© PolyGram Music Publishing/Mushroom Music
Performed by Jane Edwards (soprano), Geoffrey Lancaster (harpsichord) and Gerald Keuneman (cello)
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A little slight on the writing, but the acting and presentation is brilliant
8 April 2004 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

When I originally saw this film in the mid-90's, I was absolutely devastated throughout the first forty-five minutes. So much so, I was pretty much uncontrollably weeping, much to the chagrin of the friend I went with. Time has softened the film a lot for me, but it still remains a powerful, tender and somewhat inspirational film about a piano prodigy who has led a pretty tragic life. Geoffrey Rush is unbelievable as the piano prodigy David Helfgott, and although the film is kind of sewn up a little quickly with the Vanessa Redgrave subplot (what about Helfgott made her so in love with him in a short period of time as to want to marry him?) it is a very well done film that I highly recommend to just about anyone, but especially musicians and music lovers.

--Shelly


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