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(1996)

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Geoffrey Rush had once learned the piano up until aged fourteen. He took up piano lessons again thirty years later for the film and also acted as his own hand double body double.
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Breakthrough film role of Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.
Dustin Hoffman expressed interest in playing David Helfgott, as his music and life story have both moved him.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Geoffrey Rush and John Gielgud; and two Oscar nominees: Armin Mueller-Stahl and Lynn Redgrave.
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Bob Hoskins was the first choice to play the role of Peter Helfgott, but declined.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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When David is talking with Katharine Prichard in her home, on the shelf behind her is a photograph of a World War I soldier. This is Lieutenant Hugo Throssell who won the Victoria Cross at Hill 60 in Gallipoii. The pair met in London where he was recuperating and later married. After a string of business failures Throssell committed suicide in 1933 and is buried in the military section of the Karrakatta cemetery in Perth, Western Australia.
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Based on the life of pianist David Helfgott.
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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".
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In an interview, Geoffrey Rush refers to the Tyrone Power film The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), which is about the life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s. Rush had seen and remembered this film before he portrayed pianist David Helfgott in Shine (1996). The film Shine (1996) was actually first released in the 40th Anniversary year of The Eddy Duchin Story (1956).
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As has been mentioned by David Hirschfelder, music composer and music director for Shine (1996), both his first name and that of concert pianist David Helfgott, who is subject of Shine (1996), was "David".
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Gillian Helfgott: wearing blue and rising in the audience at the lower left screen to applause near the end of the film.
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