Paul Dietrich, at almost 30 years old, is a fading piano prodigy. Heidi Schoonover is a talented young pianist with a promising future. When Paul hears of an upcoming competition that could make his career, he dedicates himself to winning.
The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her teacher, Greta, or will she condemn Paul to obscurity?Written by
Star Richard Dreyfuss, even after pre-production piano playing training, continued to practice the piano with music consultant Jean Evensen Shaw during the three months of principal photography filming the picture. Dreyfuss would participate in extra further piano rehearsing between takes on the movie. Reportedly, Dreyfuss had struggled with the hand co-ordination required to play a piano. See more »
Music for piano four-hands, that is two pianists playing at the same piano, is often printed with the two parts on different pages. The "primo" (top) is on the right pages, and the "secondo" (bottom) is on the left pages. So the two players of that Mozart sonata would not be looking at the same place. See more »
Nobody looks that good in direct sunlight, so it's not like you're such a knockout.
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ABC edited 31 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere See more »
To begin without thanking the principals for awesome piano faking would be horrendous, likewise to not applaud their training by Jean Evensen Shaw. There is a precision to what they do, with Amy and Richard to be sure but with all of them, that is astounding. It's a sweet tale but also an insight into the cruel world of music competition where the real hero this time around has to be Ludvig himself. If you have music and performing in you; if you have been classically trained; if you believe in love; then you will in turn love this movie and its music.
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