DVD 105 mins IMDB 7.5 (14,040 votes)
New Line Home Entertainment (1996)
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Drama, Music, Romance
Australia  /  English

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
Sonia Todd Sylvia
Neil Thomson RCOM Conductor
Mark Warren Ray
Daphne Grey Society Hostess
Justin Braine Tony
Chris Haywood Sam
Alex Rafalowicz David as a Child
Gordon Poole Eisteddfod Presenter
Nicholas Bell Ben Rosen
Danielle Cox Suzie as a child
Rebecca Gooden Margaret
Randall Berger Isaac Stern
Elizabeth Taylor
Marta Kaczmarek Rachel
John Cousins Jim Minogue
Paul Linkson State Champion Announcer
Armin Mueller Stahl

Director Scott Hicks
Producer Jane Scott
Writer Scott Hicks; Jan Sardi
Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson
Musician David Hirschfelder
User Credit 1 Pip Karmel
User Credit 2 Louise Wakefield

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. — Karl Williams

Edition Details
Barcode 794043454622
Region Region 1
Chapters 22
Release Date 9/3/1997
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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User Text 1 Nudity/sensuality and intense thematic elements.
User Text 2 A true story of the mystery of music and the miracle of love
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Trivia: Based on the life of pianist David Helfgott. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The length of David Helfgott's cigarette when playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" at Moby's. (more)

Quotes: Gillian: Your first concert in years and you wear odd shoes. (more)

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 38 wins & 33 nominations (more)