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1h 41m Biography, Drama, Music, Australia, Australian 1996
Best Picture - Oscar Nominee

The true story of pianist David Helfgott, celebrating the power of human endearment.

Pushed headfirst into the world of music by domineering father Peter (Academy Award® nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl), piano prodigy David (Noah Taylor, The Year My Voice Broke) is mentored by local teacher Ben Rosen (Nicholas Bell, The Games) to win the state musical championship. Invited to study with prominent musicians in America, David’s opportunities are stifled by his father, but supported by newfound friend and novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard (Googie Withers). Offered a scholarship to the prestigious Royal College of Music, David faces one of the toughest piano recitals of his life in Rachmaninoff’s demanding Piano Concerto Number 3, a complex piece of music destined to not only challenge him to the edge of sanity but change his life forever.

The true life story of piano virtuoso, David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush in an Academy Award® winning performance), Shine captures a most remarkable journey, a personal tale of creative passion and musical achievement, celebrating the ineluctable power of human endearment.


Geoffrey Rush (David Helfgott - Adult) , Armin Mueller-Stahl (Peter) , Justin Braine (Tony)


Scott Hicks


English, Yiddish



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