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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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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  »

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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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During the Rach 3 performance David's hands are dripping with sweat, dry, then dripping with sweat again. See more »

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Isaac Stern: America. You know, land of the free, home of the brave. You know, Mickey Mouse.
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La Campanella
From Violin Cencerto in B minor by Niccolò Paganini
Transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt
Performed by David Helfgott
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What a difference a 2nd viewing makes
17 August 2001 | by (Korea) – See all my reviews

I don't now why but when I first viewed this a few years back I did not care for it, but after watching it again I was very impressed. Maybe because I have grown more of an appreciation for classical music in that timeframe. I really don't understand how I could have missed the outstanding portrayal of the nuturing/stultifying father-son relationship, or the moving way that David can only express himself via the piano (notice how he speaks in virtually only apothems). This is a very great film.


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