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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162,179, 24 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,811,509, 30 May 1997
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The DVD Australian sleeve notes for this film state that this picture "...is also a very personal film, a ten year odyssey for director Scott Hicks, who from the moment he saw David Helfgott perform in 1986 was committed to bring to the screen this story 'of a boy who is never allowed to grow up, and who becomes a 40 year old child prodigy". See more »

Goofs

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

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Isaac Stern: America. You know, land of the free, home of the brave. You know, Mickey Mouse.
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Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »

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Referenced in Scott Hicks: Director (2008) See more »

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Prelude in D flat major, Opus 28 No.15
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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A little slight on the writing, but the acting and presentation is brilliant
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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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