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Shine (1996)

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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.

Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

Jan Sardi (screenplay), Scott Hicks (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... David Helfgott - Adult
Justin Braine Justin Braine ... Tony
Sonia Todd ... Sylvia
Chris Haywood ... Sam
Alex Rafalowicz Alex Rafalowicz ... David Helfgott - Child
Gordon Poole Gordon Poole ... Eisteddfod Presenter
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Peter
Nicholas Bell ... Ben Rosen
Danielle Cox Danielle Cox ... Suzie - Child
Rebecca Gooden Rebecca Gooden ... Margaret
Marta Kaczmarek ... Rachel
John Cousins John Cousins ... Jim Minogue
Noah Taylor ... David Helfgott - Adolescent
Paul Linkson Paul Linkson ... State Champion Announcer
Randall Berger ... Isaac Stern
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The acclaimed German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl, who played Peter Helfgott, David Helfgott's father, was suggested by the film's Los Angeles casting director. Director Scott Hicks said: "I had seen Armin in Music Box (1989) and could see that he had immense power as an actor, but the attraction for me was that he doesn't exhibit that all the time. He lets it seethe under the surface. He has the ability to be utterly charming as a character but you know underneath there's a time-bomb waiting to explode." See more »

Goofs

During the Rach 3 performance David's hands are dripping with sweat, dry, then dripping with sweat again. 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 Shine: The Phenomenon (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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A stunning film
4 August 2000 | by ladylynchSee all my reviews

This movie is definitely in my top five favorite movies of all time. It is unbelievably brilliant. Geoffrey Rush, dare I say, is perhaps the greatest actor of modern times. His performance alone is worth watching, let alone the outstanding supporting cast! Definitely not in typical Hollywood fashion, the movie is a truly great indie film. A must see for music lovers and indie film lovers alike.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162,179, 24 November 1996

Gross USA:

$35,892,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,999,081
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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