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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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Justin Braine ...
Tony
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Sam
Alex Rafalowicz ...
David Helfgott - Child
Gordon Poole ...
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Danielle Cox ...
Suzie - Child
Rebecca Gooden ...
Margaret
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Rachel
John Cousins ...
Jim Minogue
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Paul Linkson ...
State Champion Announcer
Randall Berger ...
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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) (24 November 1996)

Gross:

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

Breakthrough film role of Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. See more »

Goofs

Aluminium roller shutters on the Helfgott family home. See more »

Quotes

Peter Helfgott: In this world only the strong survive. The weak get crushed like insects.
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Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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With A Girl Like You
Written by Reg Presley
© 1966 Dick James Music Limited
Performed by The Troggs
© 1966 Mercury Ltd. London
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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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