Shine (1996)

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Director: Scott Hicks
Actors: Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Sonia Todd, Lynn Redgrave, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Googie Withers

Shine is based on the true story of Australian pianist David Helfgott. We see the early, traumatic years of David, a child prodigy whose father abuses him and his siblings with the memory of his childhood in Europe and the loss of his family in concentration camps. Eventually breaking away from his father, David goes to study overseas. He returns to Australia only after suffering a breakdown and is institutionalised. Many years later he is released and through several twists of fate he starts playing a piano in a bar before finally returning to the concert hall.

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Run time: 130mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Member Reviews (18)

another great Australian movie
Posted Wednesday, 15 May 2013 See my other reviews
Moving and brilliantly acted film about nervous collapse, parental control and musical genius.
Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2013 See my other reviews
Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this movie but got it because i love Geffrey Rush. It's a masterpiece! Superb acting, great storyline, perfect balance of emotive content. Totally going out to buy it!
Posted Saturday, 2 June 2012 See my other reviews
Helen Fisher
I have meet the divine David & can say that Mr Rush's depiction of him is EXACT. A beautiful movie leaving you with feelings of anger (at his abusive father) yet laughter at his innocence to life. A wonderful true story about a true genius & gifted man that said in my company when I realized who it was ........."humility Helen humility".
Posted Monday, 13 February 2012 See my other reviews
A great series of performances from Noah Taylor, Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, et al, makes this film a very enjoyable piece of domestic cinema. I quite liked the storytelling, although recent facts have cast doubt on how accurately the film reflects the real events. Then again, most films are not meant to be factual inquests and I must say that this movie deserves a place on any Australiana-lover's top shelf.
Posted Monday, 27 September 2010 See my other reviews
Alex H.
As I am very partial to Rachmaninov's music particularly his third symphony and used to play the piano I loved this show. Geoffry Rush is in fine form playing the suffering budding pianist who is suffering under his overbaering father.
Posted Thursday, 22 July 2010 See my other reviews
okay, a little slow, but if your into music
Posted Friday, 7 August 2009 See my other reviews
A well crafted film treated with much sensitivity and given distinction by its fine direction and more than capable cast of whom Messers Rush and Taylor excel. Watch it
Posted Thursday, 28 February 2008 See my other reviews
John B.
I don't think I'll ever understand the father in this film, but the ending is great!
Posted Monday, 25 February 2008 See my other reviews
Shahram A.
Posted Thursday, 3 January 2008 See my other reviews
Ruth B.
Posted Monday, 31 December 2007 See my other reviews
I felt myself wanting lots more. Wonderful, uplifting movie. I think Daddy was a bit overplayed by Armand though
Posted Monday, 3 December 2007 See my other reviews
Friederike E.
There is someone who found the way out of mental illness, maybe through love. How lucky he is. Others, like my sister and cousin are engulfed by it since decades and cannot find a way out.
Posted Tuesday, 20 November 2007 See my other reviews
Diane B.
Posted Thursday, 1 November 2007 See my other reviews
Eric Holroyd
Geoffrey Rush as the brilliant but troubled David Helfgott is quite excellent. It's a great story and very well produced too.
Posted Wednesday, 9 March 2005 See my other reviews
Vincent Galante
Posted Friday, 15 October 2004 See my other reviews
William Campbell
A sad word on mental illness.
Posted Friday, 2 July 2004 See my other reviews
Posted Thursday, 29 April 2004 See my other reviews