• Shine (1996)

Shine

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: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Film Victoria

Keywords: Fall, Sacrifice, London, Doctor, Emotional, Transformation, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

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

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

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Awards

Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Directing
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama