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Shine -- 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.
Shine -- 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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14 February 1997 (USA) See more »
A true story of the mystery of music and the miracle of love See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Wonderful little story that is interesting for the majority but heartbreaking at times See more (101 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Geoffrey Rush ... David Helfgott - Adult
Justin Braine ... Tony

Sonia Todd ... Sylvia

Chris Haywood ... Sam
Alex Rafalowicz ... David Helfgott - Child
Gordon Poole ... Eisteddfod Presenter

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Peter

Nicholas Bell ... Ben Rosen
Danielle Cox ... Suzie - Child
Rebecca Gooden ... Margaret
Marta Kaczmarek ... Rachel
John Cousins ... Jim Minogue

Noah Taylor ... David Helfgott - Adolescent
Paul Linkson ... State Champion Announcer

Randall Berger ... Isaac Stern
Ian Welbourne ... Boy Next Door
Kelly Bottrill ... Louise - Baby
Beverley Vaughan ... Rabbi
Phyllis Burford ... Synagogue Secretary
Daphne Grey ... Society Hostess
Edwin Hodgeman ... Soviet Society Secretary

Googie Withers ... Katharine Susannah Prichard
Maria Dafnero ... Sonia
Reis Porter ... Postman
Stephen Sheehan ... Roger Woodward - Younger
Brenton Whittle ... Announcer
Marianna Doherty ... Suzie - Teenager
Camilla James ... Louise - Child

John Gielgud ... Cecil Parkes
David King ... Viney
Danny Davies ... Registrar
Helen Dowell ... Sarah
Louise Dorling ... Muriel
Sean Carlsen ... Student
Richard Hansell ... Ashley
Robert Hands ... Robert

Marc Warren ... Ray
Neil Thomson ... RCOM Conductor
Joey Kennedy ... Suzie - Adult
Ellen Cressey ... Nurse
Beverley Dunn ... Beryl Ascott
Andy Seymour ... Bar Customer

Lynn Redgrave ... Gillian

Ella Scott Lynch ... Jessica
Jethro Heysen-Hicks ... Rowan
John Martin ... Roger Woodward - Older
Bill Boyley ... Celebrant
Teresa La Rocca ... Opera Singer
Lindsey Day ... Opera Singer
Grant Doyle ... Opera Singer
Leah Jennings ... Musician
Kathy Monaghan ... Musician
Mark Lawrence ... Musician
Gordon Coombes ... Musician
Luke Dollman ... Musician
Margaret Stone ... Musician
Tom Carrig ... Musician
Helen Ayres ... Musician
Suzi Jarratt ... Vocalist
Samantha McDonald ... Vocalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sandi Gardiner ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Peter Osborn ... Priest (uncredited)
Louise Siversen ... Extra in Ballroom Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Hicks 
Writing credits
Jan Sardi (screenplay)

Scott Hicks (story)

Produced by
Jane Scott .... producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson 
Film Editing by
Pip Karmel 
Production Design by
Vicki Niehus 
Art Direction by
Tony Cronin 
Costume Design by
Louise Wakefield 
Makeup Department
Sue Black .... makeup assistant: UK
Liz Dingle .... additional hair stylist
Liz Dingle .... additional makeup artist
Pamela Haddock .... makeup artist: UK
Rick Martin .... additional hair stylist
Rick Martin .... additional makeup artist
Fiona Rees-Jones .... additional hair stylist
Fiona Rees-Jones .... additional makeup artist
Lesley Vanderwalt .... makeup artist
Paul Williams .... hair stylist
Production Management
Peter Hoyland .... music production manager
Andrew Marshall .... unit manager
Elizabeth Symes .... production manager
Sylvia Walker-Wilson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Campbell .... second assistant director
Toby Coke .... third assistant director: UK
Carolynne Cunningham .... first assistant director
Henry Osborne .... second assistant director
Tom Read .... third assistant director
Stephen Woolfenden .... second assistant director: UK
Art Department
Michael Bartlett .... dressing props: UK (as Mike Bartlett)
Perscia Brokensha .... art department runner
Louise Cameron .... art department coordinator
Jacqui Canty .... art department attachment
Judy Farr .... property buyer: UK
Judy Farr .... set dresser: UK
Alastair Gow .... stand-by carpenter: UK (as Alistair Gow)
Jo Graysmark .... assistant art director: UK (as Johanna Graysmark)
John Haratzis .... scenic artist
Kevin Jarrett .... carpenter
Ben Johnson .... painter
Peter Looby .... stand-by prop: UK
Adam McCulloch .... draftsman
David McHenry .... art director: UK
Leroy Plummer .... stand-by props
Paul Purdy .... property master: UK
John Santucci .... painter
Andrew Short .... property buyer
Andrew Short .... set dresser
Brock Sykes .... greensman
Arthur Vette .... construction manager
Alicia Walsh .... property buyer
Alicia Walsh .... set dresser
Will Ayres .... dressing props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Martin Bayley .... assistant sound editor
Steve Burgess .... foley artist
Helen Field .... sound liaison
Jim Greenhorn .... sound recordist: UK
Toivo Lember .... sound recordist
Gerard Long .... foley artist
Scott Piper .... boom operator
Livia Ruzic .... dialogue editor
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Joanne Stephens-Smith .... boom operator: UK
Gareth Vanderhope .... sound effects editor
Nick Roberts .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ray Fowler .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Paul Cross .... optical effects
Roger Cowland .... visual effects (uncredited)
Richard Boué .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Arnold .... electrician: UK
Scott Brokate .... assistant grip
Tony Burns .... generator operator: UK (as Tony Burnes)
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan .... clapper loader (as Jasmine Carrucan)
John Donoghue .... gaffer: UK
Sally Eccleston .... focus puller
Warren Ewen .... best boy: UK (as Warren Ewan)
David Foreman .... camera operator: second unit
Sam Garwood .... Steadicam focus puller: UK
Werner Gerlach .... best boy
Jon Goldney .... key grip
Renee Hanna .... video split operator
Richard Anthony Hyde .... fourth electrician (as Richard Hyde)
Robertto Karas .... third electrician
Lorraine Luke .... clapper loader: UK
Alix Mumford .... camera trainee: UK
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator: UK
Craig Philpott .... assistant camera: second unit
Barry Read .... grip: UK
Peter Santucci .... assistant grip
Graeme Shelton .... gaffer: second unit
Geoffrey Simpson .... camera operator
Andy Smith .... second electrician
Mark Tillie .... still photographer: UK
Lisa Tomasetti .... still photographer
Trevor Toune .... gaffer
David Dunkley .... underwater camera assistant (uncredited)
Philip Le Masurier .... special photographer (uncredited)
Gary Parnham .... rigging electrician: UK (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sharon Howard-Field .... casting: USA (as Sharon Howard Field)
Jan Killen .... extras casting
Karen Lindsay-Stewart .... casting: UK
Liz Mullinar .... casting: Australia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Iona Kenrick .... wardrobe assistant: UK
Mariot Kerr .... costume assistant
Mariot Kerr .... cutter
Jeanette Luke .... costume assistant
Jenny Miles .... costume supervisor
Nina Parsons .... stand-by wardrobe
Jenny Ramos .... costume assistant
Ros Ward .... wardrobe supervisor: UK
Monica Willis .... costume assistant
Angela Winters .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader: Atlab
Mark Ellis .... assistant film editor
Sue Nicola .... cutter
Rohan Wilson .... negative matcher
Music Department
Michael Costa .... assistant music editor
Ricky Edwards .... assistant musical director
Ricky Edwards .... musician: piano
Sandy Edwards .... music production assistant
Robin Gray .... additional music engineer
Kim Green .... source music clearances
David Helfgott .... musician: piano
Robert John .... orchestra leader
Michael Letho .... music mixing engineer
Stella O'Malley .... music production assistant
Adam Rhodes .... additional music engineer
Sam Schwarz .... music notation editor
David Williams .... additional music engineer
Christine Woodruff .... source music clearances
Ricky Edwards .... conductor (uncredited)
Ricky Edwards .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Atkins .... driver: UK
Jon Blaikie .... action vehicle coordinator
Clive Randall .... driver: UK
Harry Smith .... unit driver: UK
John Smith .... unit driver: UK
Paul Thompson .... driver: UK
Paul Venezia .... driver: UK
Other crew
Lee Abberley .... stand-in: Mr. Taylor: UK
Sal Alba .... Yiddish advisor
Ian Anderson .... laboratory liaison
Hilary Benson .... production coordinator: UK
Jenny Bichard .... unit nurse
Maurice Burns .... location manager
Julie Byrne .... second assistant attachment
Lesley Campion .... cashier: UK
Vladimir Chishkovsky .... harpsichord technician
Ross Clunes .... studio technician
Martin Cousin .... hand double: Noah Taylor
Steve Crook .... psychiatric advisor
Rikke Dakin .... assistant location manager: UK
Christina Díaz Norman .... assistant to producer (as Christina Norman)
Cherry Fiddaman .... production accountant: UK
Rabbi Figdor .... advisor: bar mitzvah
Frederic N. Gaines .... lawyer: USA
Serena Gattuso .... production coordinator
Debbie Hanson .... unit assistant (as Deb Hanson)
Yiani Harpas .... stand-in: Master Rafalowicz
Tina Hennel .... unit assistant
Kerry Heysen .... creative consultant
Scott Heysen .... production runner
Charles Hubbard .... location manager: UK
Colleen Kennedy .... accounting assistant
Susanna Lenton .... continuity: UK
Paul Lightfoot .... unit assistant
Paul Linkson .... stand-in: Mr. Mueller-Stahl
John Macgregor .... story research and development
Tracey Mair .... publicist: Australia
Steve Marcus .... caterer
Ronald Markham .... stand-in: Sir John Gielgud, UK
Chris McGuire .... production accountant
Susie Menzies .... production secretary: UK
Josh Moore .... location assistant
Sara Morris .... production runner: UK
Heather Muirhead .... production secretary
Brent Ottley .... disklavier technician
Melinda Parker .... catering assistant
Carolyne Pool .... stand-in: Ms. Redgrave: UK
Paul Sarony .... production advisor: UK
Leilah Schubert .... third assistant attachment
Fiona Searson .... publicist: international
Greg Sitch .... lawyer: Australia
Sara Abel Smith .... stand-in: Ms. Redgrave
Peter Spaeth .... stand-in: Mr. Taylor
Simon Tedeschi .... hand double: Alex Rafalowicz
Bernadette Van Gyen .... safety reporter
Jo Weeks .... continuity
Alice Carrard .... thanks
David Helfgott .... thanks
Gillian Helfgott .... thanks
Brian Rosen .... thanks
Win Warren .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for nudity/sensuality and intense thematic elements
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Dustin Hoffman expressed interest in playing David Helfgott, as his music and life story have both moved him.See more »
Anachronisms: Aluminium roller shutters on the Helfgott family home.See more »
Peter:Religion is nonsense.
Ben Rosen:It's also a gold mine if you know where to dig.
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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful little story that is interesting for the majority but heartbreaking at times, 28 January 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

David is a stuttering, rambling man having suffer a complete breakdown as a young man. However when he was a child his skills on the piano were unmatched. Driven by his father, opportunities open up in front of him to go abroad to learn, but his father denies him the chance. He leaves for London where he drives himself to the point of exhaustion before coming back home to find his father has disowned him.

It took me years to finally watch this film. I was still in Northern Ireland when it came out in the cinema and such films were not permitted to cross our borders, lest they keep the latest action movies from our 1 or 2 screen cinemas! So away from the hype and the Oscar hoopla I sat to watch this film and found myself easily taken in by it. The story is the true story of David Helfgott who was a boy genius before his breakdown. The film starts with him as an adult then jumps back to see him as a child. This approach works well to allow us to see the `end result' as it were, before we see what would be considered the causation factors. These factors are a little heart breaking to watch but they are very well delivered. As an adult, David is comic, warming and tragic. The pain in his life is brought out very well.

A great deal of the praise for this must lie with the wonderful cast. Rush got his Oscar of course and I'll leave it to the users on the message boards to argue over whether or not you can be the lead actor with screen time of less than half the film! He is great, walking a difficult line with a `disabled' character but managing not to just make it a caricature at any point. David as a child is very well played by Rafalowicz and does more of the development work than Rush and hence gets less credit than he deserves for making us care for the adult David. Mueller-Stahl is as good as he can be and gives a great performance, the only downside being that he doesn't age a single day between the adult and child sections of the story - surely some makeup could have been used?

Overall this is a very enjoyable human story that is driven by several really strong performances in key roles. The story keeps it's tone light but yet still manages to be dramatic and, in some scenes far too touching to avoid being slightly moved. The music is beautiful when it is called on to be and dramatic at other times - the director does very well to make the intense music translate into intense scenes in the film. Overall a simple story of a man but one that is interesting and a lot more moving that I expected it to be.

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