An exceptional biography of the prodigy piano player, David Helfgott, who is literally driven insane by his overly harsh and cruel father. He goes through life as an extremely abnormal person, but is respected by the public for his excellent piano playing. The lovely music of this film seems to liven up the dull and slow pace. Geoffrey Rush deservedly won an Oscar for his moving performance as David Helfgott. Shine is interesting and insightful.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lynn Redgrave, John Geilgud, Googie Whithers, Chris Haywood, Sonia Scott

Directed by:

Scott Hicks


1995 biography/drama

Rated PG-13


Don Ignacio's score: A-

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