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Featuring a strong performance from Geoffrey Rush, Shine succeeds in telling a compelling, inspirational story without resorting to cheap sentimentality.



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This wrenching true story chronicles the tumultuous life of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott, whose domineering, over-protective father drove him to madness. David is heavily burdened by emotional scars inflicted by his father -- scars that when opened cause devastating tragedy for much of David's adult life.

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Geoffrey Rush
as David Helfgott (adult)
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Peter Helfgott
Noah Taylor
as David Helfgott (teen)
John Gielgud
as Prof. Cecil Parkes
Googie Withers
as Katharine Prichard
Alex Rafalowicz
as David Helfgott (child)
Nicholas Bell
as Ben Rosen
Sonia Todd
as Sylvia
Phyllis Burford
as Synagogue Secretary
Daphne Grey
as Society Hostess
John Cousins
as Jim Minogue
Edwin Hodgeman
as Soviet Society Secretary
Randall Berger
as Isaac Stern
Mark Lawrence
as Musician
Paul Linkson
as State Champion Announcer
John Martin
as Roger Woodward (older)
Neil Thomson
as RCOM Conductor
Brenton Whittle
as Announcer
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