Shine

Shine

Shine

Award-winning biopic on Australian concert pianist David Helfgott who in his 20s, with an international career ahead of him, suffered a mental breakdown and would instead spent years in institutions. Helfgott is played by Geoffrey Rush who took the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for his performance in 1997.

Controversy stirred after the film became a huge success, and the real Helfgott embarked on musical tours. His playing was said to be less adroit than expected which sparked criticism that director Scott Hicks had exaggerated Helgott's talent for dramatic purposes.

Best Actor for Rush at the Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards 1997.
1996Rating: PG, Violence103 minsAustralia
BiographyDramaMusicTrue Story & Biography

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Variety

Variety

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Top-notch performances, including luminous contributions from Lynn Redgrave and John Gielgud and a powerful turn by Armin Mueller-Stahl, plus a strong, emotional narrative drive...

Time Out

Time Out

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Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Films hitting that note of uplift rarely play it as powerfully or, finally, as tenderly as Shine.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

His music floods out like a cry of anguish and hope.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Faultless performances from all the cast help deliver a film of humour and warmth.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

Top-notch performances, including luminous contributions from Lynn Redgrave and John Gielgud and a powerful turn by Armin Mueller-Stahl, plus a strong, emotional narrative drive...

Time Out

Time Out

press

Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Films hitting that note of uplift rarely play it as powerfully or, finally, as tenderly as Shine.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

His music floods out like a cry of anguish and hope.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Faultless performances from all the cast help deliver a film of humour and warmth.

5.0

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