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Desson Howe - Style section, "An extraordinarily touching movie."

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Geoffrey Rush won the 1996 Oscar for Best Actor.


Scene from this movie "Shine" follows the life of David Helfgott. David's story begins in the 1950s, as the young musician steps up to perform in a musical competition. But as he plays a Chopin polonaise, the piano starts to roll away from him. He stands up, following the upright's crazy course, still hammering out the tune. David doesn't win the competition, but one of the judges, astounded at his abilities, offers to tutor the boy.

This marks the beginning of David's emotional trauma. His father, a Polish Jewish survivor of World War II, has taught him how to play from scratch. But he's suspicious of official music teachers. When David's prodigious talent prompts Isaac Stern himself to invite the young musician to study in America, Peter isn't pleased, he's outraged. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG-13

Director: Scott Hicks
Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl; Googie Withers; Alex Rafalowicz; Geoffrey Rush; John Gielgud; Sonia Todd; Noah Taylor; Lynn Redgrave
Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes
Filmographies: Geoffrey Rush; Armin Mueller-Stahl