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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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Claroscuro  »

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$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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Trivia

Gillian Helfgott: wearing blue and rising in the audience at the lower left screen to applause near the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

The mezzuzah, a Jewish religious scroll attached to a home's door posts, on Ben Rosen's home is angled the wrong way; it should be angled toward the entrance of the home. See more »

Quotes

David: It's a tough game, isn't it Roger?
Roger: It's a bloodsport.
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Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

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Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: The Sting (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Flight Of The Bumble Bee
Composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Arranged by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by David Helfgott
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What a difference a 2nd viewing makes
17 August 2001 | by See 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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