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

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Classical music heard in the film is featured from such classic composers as Frédéric Chopin (The Polonaise; Raindrop Prelude; Raindrop Reprise); Franz Liszt (Sospiro; La Campanella; La Campalesson; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2); Antonio Vivaldi (Gloria; Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera); Robert Schumann (Kinderszenen aka Scenes from Childhood); Ludwig van Beethoven (Appassionata; Symphony No. 9); Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Flight of the Bumble Bee); and Sergei Rachmaninoff (Prelude in C Minor; Piano Concerto No. 3 aka The Rach 3). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
David: It's a mystery.
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Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

Connections

Referenced in The South Bank Show: David Helfgott (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do They Doubt Our Love
Written and Performed by Johnny O'Keefe
© 1959 Victoria Music/MCA Australia Pty Ltd, © 1959 Festival Records Pty Ltd.
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What a difference a 2nd viewing makes
17 August 2001 | by XRANDYSee all my reviews

I don't now why but when I first viewed this a few years back I did not care for it, but after watching it again I was very impressed. Maybe because I have grown more of an appreciation for classical music in that timeframe. I really don't understand how I could have missed the outstanding portrayal of the nuturing/stultifying father-son relationship, or the moving way that David can only express himself via the piano (notice how he speaks in virtually only apothems). This is a very great film.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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