Shine

Shine

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Director: Scott Hicks

Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, Geoffrey Rush

     
 

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The true story of a gifted Australian piano prodigy, this biographical drama was nominated for seven Oscars, with actor Geoffrey Rush winning for Best Actor. Rush stars as David Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental problems. As a fragile boy genius at math, chess, and piano, David is driven hard by his overbearing father (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a tyrant who…  See more details below

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The true story of a gifted Australian piano prodigy, this biographical drama was nominated for seven Oscars, with actor Geoffrey Rush winning for Best Actor. Rush stars as David Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental problems. As a fragile boy genius at math, chess, and piano, David is driven hard by his overbearing father (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a tyrant who forbids him to accept a scholarship offered by the great violinist Isaac Stern. Although he studies briefly in London under tutor Cecil Parks (John Gielgud), David has a nervous breakdown after performing Rachmaninoff's daunting "Piano Concerto No. 3" (known as the "Rach 3"). Years later, the adult David keeps up a steady patter of nervous stammering at all times and has been reduced to playing in a bar. Through a friend, he meets astrologer Gillian (Lynn Redgrave), and falls in love with her. With Gillian's help, David embarks down the road to regained fame and mastery of the "Rach 3." The international popularity of Shine caused a sensation leading to a musical tour for Helfgott, whose performances were less adroit than many audiences expected, sparking criticism that writer-director Scott Hicks had exaggerated his subject's talent for dramatic purposes.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Australian director Scott Hicks's breakthrough is a fairly standard but arrestingly performed biopic about David Helfgott, a young piano prodigy who finds solace in his music, despite his potentially damaging mental state. After a narratively haphazard first reel, the film gains momentum as it traces the older Helfgott's life, brought to life by Geoffrey Rush's blazing portrayal of the alienated pianist. The film was a momentous hit in its native country, where it won nine Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor; the latter prize would be duplicated in America, where Rush won the Academy Award in a highly competitive year (featuring the likes of Tom Cruise and Ralph Fiennes, among others), quite a feat for a performer who was not well-known stateside. At the 1997 Oscar ceremony, the real-life David Helfgott performed "Flight of the Bumblebee," causing many viewers to fear for his unstable behavior, especially as the film presents him as a childlike individual with a sometimes Tourette's-style candor.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/1997
UPC:
0794043454639
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Armin Mueller-Stahl Peter Helfgott
Noah Taylor Teenage David Helfgott
Geoffrey Rush Adult David Helfgott
Lynn Redgrave Gillian Helfgott
John Gielgud Prof. Cecil Parks
Googie Withers Katharine Susannah Prichard
Nicholas Bell Ben Rosen
Randall Berger Isaac Stern
Phyllis Burford Synagogue Secretary
John Cousins Jim Minogue
Daphne Grey Society Hostess
Robert Hands Robert
Chris Haywood Sam
Edwin Hodgeman Soviet Society Secretary
David L. King Viney
Mark Lawrence Musician
Paul Linkson State Champion Announcer
John Martin Roger Woodward (older)
Alex Rafalowicz David as a Boy
Neil Thomson RCOM Conductor
Sonia Todd Sylvia
Mark Warren Ray
Brenton Whittle Announcer

Technical Credits
Scott Hicks Director
Sally Campbell Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director
David Hirschfelder Score Composer
Pip Karmel Editor
Toivo Lember Sound/Sound Designer
Liz Mullinar Casting
Vicki Niehus Production Designer
Jan Sardi Screenwriter
Jane Scott Producer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer

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