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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 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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A father whose life was his family. A son whose music was his life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claroscuro See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Australian actor Noah Taylor, best known at the time for his work in 'Flirting' (1991) and 'The Year My Voice Broke', (1987), was the first person the filmmakers saw for the adolescent David Helfgott. Director Scorr Hicks commented: "I knew that Noah was an actor who works very differently from most, but who has tremendous instincts. He gave a brilliant audition and I knew I wouldn't have to see anyone else." Taylor said: "David Helfgott is an incredible man, he really is a very interesting and inspiring character, which was one of the reasons why I was so attracted to the project." About the David Helfgott character whom he shared with Taylor, actor Geoffrey Rush said: "Noah and I had worked together in [Dad and Dave:] 'On Our Selection' (1995) as brothers and then here we were as the same person!. We looked at tiny behavioral details that we thought would be useful echoes from one to the other, how David holds a cigarette, how he adjusts his glasses. By the time we see the adult David, he's spent more than a decade in psychiatric institutions, and has changed quite considerably, which is a valid justification to have two actors play the one character. See more »

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Aluminium roller shutters on the Helfgott family home. See more »

Quotes

Isaac Stern: America. You know, land of the free, home of the brave. You know, Mickey Mouse.
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Soundtracks

With A Girl Like You
Written by Reg Presley
© 1966 Dick James Music Limited
Performed by The Troggs
© 1966 Mercury Ltd. London
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A little slight on the writing, but the acting and presentation is brilliant
8 April 2004 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

When I originally saw this film in the mid-90's, I was absolutely devastated throughout the first forty-five minutes. So much so, I was pretty much uncontrollably weeping, much to the chagrin of the friend I went with. Time has softened the film a lot for me, but it still remains a powerful, tender and somewhat inspirational film about a piano prodigy who has led a pretty tragic life. Geoffrey Rush is unbelievable as the piano prodigy David Helfgott, and although the film is kind of sewn up a little quickly with the Vanessa Redgrave subplot (what about Helfgott made her so in love with him in a short period of time as to want to marry him?) it is a very well done film that I highly recommend to just about anyone, but especially musicians and music lovers.

--Shelly


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