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Shine [DVD] [1997]

Geoffrey Rush , Armin Mueller-Stahl , Scott Hicks    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Chris Haywood
  • Directors: Scott Hicks
  • Writers: Scott Hicks, Jan Sardi
  • Producers: Jane Scott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,130 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The true story of pianist David Helfgott. In Australia in the 1950s, child prodigy David (an Oscar-winning Geoffrey Rush) is pushed hard by his father, Peter, and catches the attention of music tutor Ben Rosen, who teaches David for free. Ben encourages David to learn Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto, but Peter forbids it, thinking that the piece is too complex. When David departs for a scholarship at London's Royal College of Music, Peter severs all ties with his son. As the young musician comes to perform the concerto he collapses, suffering a nervous breakdown.


This tearjerker by Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks is a surprising story about real-life classical pianist David Helfgott, an Australian who rose to international prominence at a very young age in the 1950s and 1960s, and suffered a psychological collapse after enduring years of abuse from his father (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Hicks has three very fine actors portraying Helfgott at different stages of his life, including the adorably wry and goofy Noah Taylor (Flirting), who takes up the character's teen years, and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, giving a great performance playing the musician as a schizophrenic adult. Despite the Helfgotts' compromised psychological health, Shine is hardly a depressing experience. If anything, the story is really about how long one person's life can take to make glorious sense of itself. Sir John Gielgud, in golden form, plays Helfgott's teacher. --Tom Keogh,

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance 23 Jun 2004
By A Customer
If I'm honest now, when i sat down to watch this film i was ready to be bored. The film is about classical music, so not an erratic story about a group of adventurous rock gods. I was wrong. This is one of the most moving and memorable films i have ever seen, whether this is because its a true life heart wrenching story or it features passion in the form of musical genius, i cannot decide. The superb acting talents made the characters come alive, so much so that the viewer feels that they could describe their feelings to the most intricate detail. I would recommend this film to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine 15 April 2009
Shine is the Sory of David Haffgott a concert pianist who developed a problem with schizoaffective disorder when he left home to study music in London.The first half of the film focuses on his difficult relationship with his controlling father and his susequent escape to the Royal College of Music. Then the film moves on to his treatment and hospitalisation as he seems to move further and further from reality. However when he meets his future wife David's fortunes change as he re-enters the world of professional performance and finds comfort and support in a stable domestic relationship.

In parts this is a difficult film to watch. The depiction of abuse within David's family is uncompromising and could be upsetting for some viewers. However David himself is potrayed as a genuinely lovable and loving man so when finds a woman who reciprocates his feelings there is a strong sense of closure at the end of the film.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational 2 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the type of film that I love. It sensitively explores the relationship of a gifted young muscician to his repressive, but ambitious father, and later on, of the grown David to the adult world. It is funny, moving, and compelling. I particularly loved the piano playing, and bought Rachmaninov 3 on the strength of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Movie 28 Mar 2010
I had been looking to buy this film for a long time, when I found it on Amazon at a very cheap price. It is both heart-rending and heart-warming in equal amounts. The true story of David Helfgot, a prodigy piano player, so oppressed by his domineering father that he has a breakdown and ends up in a mental institution. On his release he finds fame once more and goes on to marry. Geoffrey Rush deservedly won an Oscar for his portrayal. I would recommend this film wholeheartedly. Though quite heavy-going at the start, this film has a great feelgood factor from the middle onwards. Five stars!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This is certainly a film that can change your view on classical music. The story follows, somewhat erratically via flashback and revisiting, the life of an talented but capped young boy that make you find it hard to believe that it's true. Only when you realise that this is in fact the case does the hardship and struggle faced by David Helfgott really hit home. This erratic story line must have been intentional as it mimics the strange behaviour of the man himself as a result of rejection and pressure from his father at such a young age, and servers only to draw you in to the character more.
The descriptions and delivery of the music throughout gives you insight to the passion and fullness of classical music that always seemed to be missing in music lessons (at my school anyway). Sir John Gielgud's performance as his music teacher makes the music seem as fresh and vibrant as Oasis or Blur today. I dare anyone to watch this and not be moved, heartened and touched by the story of the man, but also not to be enthused to go out and build a huge collection of Rachmaninov or Vivaldi..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really moving film 13 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I really love 'Shine' because it's a film that genuinely moves me. It's based on the true story of David Helfgott, who is played as an adult by Geoffrey Rush in this unusual Australian bio-pic. Rush's acting style in this role is so frenetic and convincing that I didn't recognise him at all in later films like Elizabeth! Noah Taylor is equally brilliant playing Helfgott as a disturbed young boy, living in the shadow of an extremely repressive father. Another great reason to watch this video, along with the world-class acting, is the piano-playing - much of the sound for the later post-fame sequences is apparently provided by Helfgott himself.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performance by Geoffrey Rush 1 Feb 2004
He won the Oscar in 1996 for Best Actor in this role, where he portrays a pianist, David Helfgott, whose great carrier as a pianist is severely damaged by a nervous breakdown. The way Rush shows the ingenuity of a slightly odd mind and the influence that it has on the movement of the body is truly stunning.
Get it, especially if you love Rachmaninoff or piano in general!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Success isn't always easy! 4 July 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A true story of the stress of Rachmaninov! Lovely story, superbly acted by Geoffrey Rush.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product & excellent service
Published 1 month ago by Atir
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Timeless. Geoffrey Rush does what it says on the tin. Shine!
Published 1 month ago by Kay Sainsbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 2 months ago by Ria
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad but beautiful story
Geoffrey Rush is superb in the main role and the story so interesting.
Being a true story it's so sad that all his talent was never realised. Certainly worth watching. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonny Field
4.0 out of 5 stars Shine dvd
After seeing Geoffrey Rush in the Book thief I ordered this older film which I'd watched at the cinema. It was an emotional film but very encouraging and freeing!
Published 5 months ago by Myrna
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine DVD
Great DVD, thank you so much, very fast delivery, no problems whatsoever
Published 6 months ago by Sheila Marian Burney
5.0 out of 5 stars shine
This is as interesting story, about as young pianist trying to break away from a dominant father figure. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rosemary e Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite what I expected and more
I had heard of this film and bought it therefore.
THis film was all I expected and more.
I have a similar case in my family and this was quite well handled.
Published 6 months ago by Solveig Hronn Fridjonsdottir
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant film and a definite must-see
This film is fantastic! Brilliant acting and a wonderful true-life story about how your formative years can really shape the rest of your life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Present
This was purchased as a Xmas present, so don't know whether it is good or not! Hoping it will be good.
Published 11 months ago by OurAud
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