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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2016
UPC: 0888574444440
Original Release: 1996
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 10,693

Special Features

Closed Caption; Q&A interview with director Scott Hicks; Geoffrey Rush's Golden Globe Speech; Original theatrical trailer

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shine
1. Chapter 1 [8:15]
2. Chapter 2 [8:12]
3. Chapter 3 [7:22]
4. Chapter 4 [9:30]
5. Chapter 5 [10:37]
6. Chapter 6 [7:51]
7. Chapter 7 [7:17]
8. Chapter 8 [7:37]
9. Chapter 9 [10:07]
10. Chapter 10 [9:43]
11. Chapter 11 [6:44]
12. Chapter 12 [7:06]
13. Chapter 13 [5:22]

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