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Shine (1997)

Geoffrey Rush , Lynn Redgrave , Scott Hicks  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Scott Hicks
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 1997
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780619587
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shine" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Geoffrey Rush's Golden Globe acceptance speech
  • Questions & answers with Scott Hicks

Editorial Reviews

In his masterful, Academy Award-winning performance, Geoffrey Rush shines as David Helfgott, the real-life Australian concert pianist who suffers an emotional breakdown just as his musical career is about to take off. This passionate film looks at the musician's relationship with his demanding father and his triumphant recovery. With Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor and John Gielgud. 105 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; biographies; theatrical trailer.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING movie presented on an average DVD September 25, 2003
Bear in mind that this was one of the first generations of DVDs that were released, and so many of the additional features that we enjoy now were never added in these earlier release titles. I do hope that "Shine" is re-released with more in- depth features, including something that focuses on David Hefgott, the pianist that this movie is based on. I truly hope the decision is made to interview or document Helfgott in some way. That's the only reason I deducted a star, because the movie is outstanding. I would urge those who enjoyed this film to contact FineLine Pictures, who released the movie, and urge them to create a special edition DVD to include this.
The real David Helfgott actually contributed as a musician (pianist, of course) for this wonderful film about his life, dramatizing his struggles through his childhood and breakdown as an adolescent. Yet it isn't about gloomy and depressing accounts but about survival and living to the best of one's abilities. Those who have little patience with people who are schizophrenic may become a bit uneasy at the performance of Geoffrey Rush who played the adult Helfgott. Rush's acting was impeccable and very believable, which is why some might be a little agitated or confused at the stuttering and incomplete and rambling dialog by Rush's character.
But have patience in getting to understand Helfgott as the movie progresses. It can confuse the viewer since there are flashbacks and flash forwards. But you know, this was one beautifully produced movie. It has had high replay, because the film simply touches the heart. Just relax and allow the movie (and Helfgott's character) absorb you. By the end, you'll really FEEL how much of a journey that David Helfgott traveled to arrive where he did.
And for those who enjoy Lynn Redgrave, my gosh.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of the Soul, Triumph of the Cinema May 23, 2000
One of the greatest stories of overcoming obstacles, Shine is the pinnacle example of good old-fashioned tenacity and persistence in a world that stigmatizes the emotionally needy. Based on the life of Australian Piano virtuoso David Helfgott, the film takes us on a journey of anger, relationships, triumph and forgiveness from beginning to end. After a growing up with an abusive father and suffering a nervous breakdown, Helfgott faces the struggle having been in and out of institutions for the greater part of his life. Trying to piece his life back together he rediscovers his talent and begins to realize the fact he has just as much right to be happy and successful as anybody else. The storyline and director keep the audience open-eyed until the very last moment where we are allowed to witness the subtle but unmistakable climax. Geoffrey Rush, who portrays the role of Helfgott during his adult life, performed all music as seen (no hand doubles) and heard in this exceptional story of the human spirit's capacity to overcome.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! February 27, 2003
Shine is about dreams, love, failure and success. Young David Helfgott wants to go abroad to study piano and take advantage of a grant he's offered against his father's wishes. The emotional stress ends up crippling his dreams of becoming a famous pianist and spending a good part of his life in a mental institution. This movie is filled with magical scenes with subtle messages like the one where the David's father goes to see him after many years and talks very casually and almost apologetic about trivial things and then leaves as we see him walk down the wet dark streets below from David's point of view. The father's message: "I'm sorry son" and all the images-the wet streets(=tears), the fact that is nighttime (shades of blue- blue means trust, frienship) is all to symbolize the sadness and the love that David's father feels inside but is unable to express verbally to his son. It's a powerfull scene and althought there are no tears on screen the viewer of this movie will provide his own. Shine is great film that takes a different path and stays away from the Holywood formula. Geoffry Rush plays Helfgott as an adult and you should see Rush's work in "Quills" playing opposite Joaquim Phoenix who's one the besy up and coming actors today, and who plays Comodus in the Academy award winning movie "Gladiator".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "SHINE" - For the Most Part, It Does August 1, 2005
Before I watched this movie yesterday, I knew this was Geoffrey Rush's Oscar-winning performance, that Joel Siegiel considered it to be one the greatest movies ever, and that it won plenty of trophies. But I had no idea what the movie was actually about. I'd seen no trailers and knew very little about the actors' resume (even Rush's movies I can only count to about 10). So I was fortunate to watch this DVD with a fresh perspective.

This is the fall-and-rise (that's not a typo) of David Helfgott, a very gifted pianist who is trained since he was a boy by his deeply disturbed father Peter. Eventually, after enduring unbearable turmoil within the family, teenage Helfgott attends the Royal College of Music, and practiced Ragmaninoff's "Rach 3" (supposedly the most difficult piece in the world) with such determination and focus that he perfected the technique, while the emotional ride eventually broke him. When the movie first introduces us to Helfgott, he is a rambling confused man, who finds his way back into a small Australian restaurant and starts joyfully playing the piano.

If this sounds like another version of "A Beautiful Mind," have no fear. This movie wisely ignores the psychological talk, and focuses on the emotions of the characters. "Shine" does not care about what's going on inside David's mind; instead, we see how his somewhat abusive childhood and unattended confusion affects his interaction with the world around him. The facial expressions tell the story, not doctors' diagnoses (which there is none). Armin Mueller-Stahl's performance as Peter Helfgott is absolutely marvelous. He is a man capable of loving his son, but is so intense (and sometimes violent) that he can't embrace his gifted son the way David needs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
This movie was not what I expected it to be. I had heard good things about it but I failed to see what others did.
Published 3 days ago by Gigi
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychology, psychotherapists, counselors
This movie is touching.
It will help any psychology major understand the "Double Bind" theory of schizophrenia and see it in action.
Published 12 days ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Makng a splash in Shine
This is the 1996 film that first brought Geoffrey Rush to the attention of many American film-goers. Read more
Published 13 days ago by jsteu
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd shipment of great movie.
I didn't expect it to come from Thailand. It makes me wonder if it was a pirated copy. Although expensive for a used copy, the product performed well.
Published 24 days ago by Terry Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie SHINES!
This was always one of my favorite.Geoffrey Rush does such an amazing job of acting. The DVD was delivered well within the shipping period and was exactly as described.
Published 24 days ago by Judie
5.0 out of 5 stars Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush Is an artist of our age. His body of work is testimony to his brute craftsmanship. The elegant resolution of the character he represents in this film speaks to his... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Aunt Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine DVD
I purchased this movie for a friend. He absolutely loved it! He enjoys this type of movies and watches them regularly.
Published 1 month ago by S. Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
It was beautifully done. No extremes...nothing too sad or too happy, not even a fairy tale ending. Just tasteful, believable and captivating.
Published 1 month ago by Debra Faulkner
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - Not a good format to work with
I love the movie and will watch it repeatedly, however, I cannot watch it on my DVD player because it always requests which zone or sector I am in every time I want to watch it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars a poignant yet happy true (mostly) story
One of Rush's best!!! He is an amazing actor and the story is superb and mostly uplifting though sad early on.
Published 1 month ago by Bklynbabe
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