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BTDesign Award
Shine (1996)

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud, Noah Taylor, Alex Rafalowicz

Director(s): Scott Hicks

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama


This acclaimed film paints a wrenching portrait of the life of Australian piano virtuoso David Helfgott and his struggles with his war-traumatized, demanding father; mental illness and asylum incarceration; and his obsession with the virtually unplayable Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 ("Rach 3"). Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor--Armin Mueller-Stahl. Academy Awards: Best Actor--Geoffrey Rush


motleymitch wrote on March 2, 2006, 5:13 pm
A great true story with a standout all-encompassing performance from Geoffrey Rush. The character can be annoying yet sympathetic, endearing yet pathetic, humourous yet sad. (Brown yet green!)
Rush touches on so many levels of human emotion here, and is surrounded by great supporting performances. I normally hate 'triumph-of-the-human-spirit' type stories a la 'Alive' and such, but this one had me all the way.
Great music too.

(hmmmm...Geoffrey Rush starred, they should've gotten Rush to do the soundtrack. "Hey, ten bucks is ten bucks, eh?".....but I digress...)

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