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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.

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... David Helfgott - Adult
Justin Braine ... Tony
... Sylvia
... Sam
Alex Rafalowicz ... David Helfgott - Child
Gordon Poole ... Eisteddfod Presenter
... Peter
... Ben Rosen
Danielle Cox ... Suzie - Child
Rebecca Gooden ... Margaret
... Rachel
John Cousins ... Jim Minogue
... David Helfgott - Adolescent
Paul Linkson ... State Champion Announcer
... Isaac Stern
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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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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$162,179, 24 November 1996, Limited Release

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$35,811,509, 30 May 1997
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Features Armin Mueller-Stahl's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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The length of David Helfgott's cigarette when playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" at Moby's. See more »

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Cecil Parkes: The page! For God's sake, the notes!
Peter Helfgott: I'm sorry sir, I keep forgetting the notes.
Cecil Parkes: Will it be asking too much to learn them first?
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Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

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Referenced in Directing Shine (2008) See more »

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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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excellent film, good in all departments, seriously moving
23 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a good film in every sense but will mean most to fathers with strong views :).

The story of a brilliant young pianist whose relationship with his father drives him to some sort of mental illness. Watchable, absorbing, brilliantly edited, deeply seriously moving, one of the rare films that pays attention to incidental sound. Wonderful direction and acting. This is a seriously good film.


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