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Geoffrey Rush as pianist David Helfgott
Geoffrey Rush as pianist David Helfgott

Thumbnail for Shine (1996) Shine (1996)

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Category: Bio/History, Drama, Music/Musical, RomanceNotable as: Biographical film, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Biographical film, Music, Romance Film, Musical, Drama, Musical DramaNarrative location: LondonRuntime: 101 - 106 minutesLanguage: English, YiddishCountry: Australia, New Zealand, USADirector: Scott HicksScreenwriter: Jan SardiMusic: David HirschfelderCinematography: Geoffrey SimpsonStars: Geoffrey Rush, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Chris Haywood, Alex Rafalowicz, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nicholas Bell, Danielle Cox, Rebecca Gooden Producer: Jane ScottAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (Scott Hicks)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Pip Karmel)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score (David Hirschfelder)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Jane Scott)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Armin Mueller-Stahl)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Jan Sardi, Scott Hicks)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, John Gielgud, Googie Withers, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Nicholas Bell, Chris Haywood and Alex Rafalowicz. The screenplay was written by Jan Sardi, and directed by Scott Hicks. The degree to which the film's plot reflects the true story of Helfgott's life is disputed. The film made its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Geoffrey Rush was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1997 for his performance in the lead role.

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