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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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Cast

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Justin Braine ...
Tony
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Sam
Alex Rafalowicz ...
David Helfgott - Child
Gordon Poole ...
Eisteddfod Presenter
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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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One of the most celebrated and successful films in Australian film history See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Claroscuro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162,179, 24 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,811,509, 30 May 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD Australian sleeve notes for this film state that this picture "...is also a very personal film, a ten year odyssey for director Scott Hicks, who from the moment he saw David Helfgott perform in 1986 was committed to bring to the screen this story 'of a boy who is never allowed to grow up, and who becomes a 40 year old child prodigy". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Cecil Parkes: No one's ever been mad enough to attempt the Rach Three.
David: Am I mad enough, professor? Am I?
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Crazy Credits

Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Mike Myers/Aerosmith (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Opus 125
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by David Hirschfelder & Ricky Edwards
© PolyGram Music Publishing/Mushroom Music
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excellent film, good in all departments, seriously moving
23 October 2000 | by 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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