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7.71 h 38 min199712
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
Scott Hicks
Geoffrey RushJustin BraineSonia Todd
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Chris HaywoodArmin Mueller-StahlNicholas BellNoah Taylor
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4.6 out of 5 stars

631 global ratings

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FayeBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
For anyone who has tried to play the piano.
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This is a film that comes back to me whenever I hear a piano being played. Geoffrey Rush puts in a stella performance as the adult Helfgott but the actors playing the younger versions of the man also put in stirling work and I don't think the film would have worked as well were it not for the amazingly strong performance by Armin Mueller-Stahl as his father.
This is a film that stays with you long after you have watched it, snippets of scenes playing out in your head in cinematic intensity, sound track and all. If you haven't watched it you should and if you have watched it you should watch it again. You won't grow tired of putting this into your DVD player whenever the mood takes you.
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CarrickReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
All-star magic, profound and with real heart
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This film sets out for us, the tragic story of the true life of a great classical pianist. Tragic, yes but ultimately triumphant; glorious and flawed; beautiful and disturbing; adversity at every turn with a way through each time. Each challenge dreadful, each solution original and unexpected; such is the human condition. Disney has a talent for spotting great stories like this one and making a great film from them. Disney succeeds in epic style here. The all star cast are all on top form. The production values and sound are great. The script and dialogue are real, engaging and well paced.

This gem deserved its Oscars and a place in every film library.

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craig mintoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
* A Shining Star Of A Film *
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This film is one that stays with you. More so because of the true
life depiction of a fine classical pianist.
Geoffrey Rush is astounding as David Helfgott. A man whose
wonderful artistic gifts become his down fall. But who as the title
captures does 'Shine' in the end.
David's childhood is a constant desire for acceptance from his
father. A father who is a decent man but who demands far too much
from his son. The potential David shows for becoming a star pianist
is suffocated. His father's attempts at keeping David under his own
management backfire.
David Helfcott's youth and his later endeavour,s to be a truly great
pianist result in harming his health. David becomes poorly due to the
stress and his desire to work himself into the ground.
Geoffrey Rush is wonderful as Helfcott and I cared so very much
what would become of the pianist. The acting by Rush made you have
these protective feelings.
A remarkable film.
9 people found this helpful
Mark PezzottaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shine Blu ray
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Bought to replace a truly awful DVD version. Had to get the German version as the only UK version was £43.00! Menu's are in German but easy to navigate pick English DTS as the language and AUS to turn off subtitles.
Picture quality and sound are amazing every detail crisp. The DVD version I had was in 4:3 format and very poor quality like it was copied from a VHS tape.
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HSP SensitiveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made film
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Wonderful portrayal of the effects of trauma as it passes along the generations and particularly when this happens to highly sensitive and creative children. Despite the sadness there is hope and love and a reminder that as parents we owe it to our children to address our own issues so that the next generation can thrive. I have watched this film several times and get more from it with each viewing.
Mrs D M McIntoshReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Entertaining and Uplifting Film
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David Stratton, Australian Film Critic, spoke highly of the film, and I saw a brief clip of part of it. I have not been disappointed by my purchase. It's an extraordinary story, and I'll be watching it many times into the future. On my first viewing, at a certain point in the film, I broke out clapping in my livingroom!!! That has NEVER happened before.
The film is thoroughly engaging.
MS CR BAXTERReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
inspiring true story of talent, mental illness & the power of love
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I highly recommend this brilliant film of a true life story of a concert pianist whose career is blighted from the start by his abusive father & resulting breakdown & descent into mental illness. Geoffrey Rush plays a brilliant part as David Helfgott as a mentally ill adult (Best Actor Academy Award) However Noah Taylor plays the pianist as an adolescent in the grip of a mental breakdown & gives a monumental performance. David meets the woman whose understanding & love helps him recover a life worth living
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EJAReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Real Moving Film
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This is a hard hitting film that portrays the damage caused by a father who is traumatised by his experience as a Jewish survivor of the holocaust. Its a difficult to watch film but it deals sensitively with the mental health break down to the principal character and overall I real enjoyed the film.
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