Shine (film)

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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.

Directed by Scott Hicks. Written by Jan Sardi.
A true story of the mystery of music and the miracle of love.taglines

David Helfgott

  • In this world only the strong survive. The weak get crushed like insects.


  • Cecil Parkes: You must play as if there's no tomorrow.
  • Isaac Stern: America. You know, land of the free, home of the brave. You know, Mickey Mouse.
  • Gillian: Your first concert in years and you wear odd shoes.
  • Peter Helfgott: I’m your father and this is your family!


Cecil Parkes: The page! For God's sake, the notes!
Peter Helfgott: I'm sorry sir, I keep forgetting the notes.
Cecil Parkes: Will it be asking too much to learn them first?

David: Would you marry me?
Gillian: Well, it wouldn't be very practical, David.
David: Practical? No, of course not. Of course not. But then neither am I, Gillian. Neither am I. I'm not very practical at all.
Sylvia: You'll miss the plane!
Gillian: It's sweet of you, David. I don't know what to say.
David: The stars, Gillian darling! Ask the stars!

Peter: Religion is nonsense.
Ben Rosen: It's also a gold mine if you know where to dig.

Cecil Parkes: Rachmaninov? Are you sure?
David: Kind of. I'm not really sure about anything.
Cecil Parkes: The Rach 3. It's monumental.
David: It's a mountain. The hardest piece you could ever play.
Cecil Parkes: No one's ever been mad enough to attempt the Rach Three.
David: Am I mad enough, professor? Am I?

Gillian: How do you feel?
David: I'm shocked, stunned and amazed.

David: It's a tough game, isn't it Roger?
Roger: It's a bloodsport.


  • A true story of the mystery of music and the miracle of love.
  • A father whose life was his family. A son whose music was his life.
  • One of the most celebrated and successful films in Australian film history

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