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Release Date: November 22nd, 1996

DVD Release Date: July 16th, 1997

PG-13|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's (Geoffrey Rush) musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter (Armin Mueller-Stahl). 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.

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud, Googie Withers

Director: Scott Hicks

Genres: Drama, Biography

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The fact that David Helfgott lived the outlines of these events--that he triumphed, that he fell, that he came slowly back--adds an enormous weight of meaning to the film. show more

  • This is unbelievably rich material, and I can say without reservation that Scott Hicks' work deserves the highest recognition. Shine truly does what its name says. show more

  • All but sweeps you away with its dazzling technique and shattering emotion. [27 November 1996, Tempo, p.1]

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