Shine (1996)

A true story of the mystery of music and the miracle of love

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1996-08-15
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 564 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 45min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Fine Line Features
  • Production Country: Australia
  • Director: Scott Hicks
star 7.4/10
From 564 Ratings


Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.


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  • Armin Mueller-Stahl

    as Peter
  • Noah Taylor

    as David as an adolescent
  • Geoffrey Rush

    as David as an adult
  • Lynn Redgrave

    as Gillian
  • Googie Withers

    as Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Sonia Todd

    as Sylvia
  • Nicholas Bell

    as Ben Rosen
  • John Gielgud

    as Cecil Parkes
  • Justin Braine

    as Tony
  • Chris Haywood

    as Sam
  • Alex Rafalowicz

    as David as a child
  • Gordon Poole

    as Eisteddfod Presenter
  • Danielle Cox

    as Suzie as a child
  • Rebecca Gooden

    as Margaret
  • Marta Kaczmarek

    as Rachel
  • John Cousins

    as Jim Minogue
  • Paul Linkson

    as State Champion Announcer
  • Randall Berger

    as Isaac Stern
  • Ian Welbourne

    as Boy Next Door
  • Kelly Bottrill

    as Louise as a baby
  • Beverley Vaughan

    as Rabbi
  • Phyllis Burford

    as Synagogue Secretary
  • Daphne Grey

    as Society Hostess
  • Edwin Hodgeman

    as Soviet Society Secretary
  • Maria Dafneros

    as Sonia
  • Reis Porter

    as Postman
  • Stephen Sheehan

    as Roger Woodward (younger)
  • Brenton Whittle

    as Announcer
  • Marianna Doherty

    as Suzie as a teenager
  • Camilla James

    as Louise as a child
  • David King

    as Viney
  • Danny Davies

    as Registrar
  • Helen Dowell

    as Sarah
  • Louise Dorling

    as Muriel
  • Seán Carlsen

    as Student
  • Richard Hansell

    as Ashley
  • Robert Hands

    as Robert
  • Marc Warren

    as Ray
  • Neil Thomson

    as RCOM Conductor
  • Joey Kennedy

    as Suzie as an adult
  • Ellen Cressey

    as Nurse
  • Beverley Dunn

    as Beryl Alcott
  • Andy Seymour

    as Bar Customer
  • Ella Scott Lynch

    as Jessica
  • Jethro Heysen-Hicks

    as Rowan
  • John Martin

    as Roger Woodward (older)
  • Bill Boyley

    as Celebrant
  • Teresa La Rocca

    as Opera Singer
  • Lindsey Day

    as Opera Singer
  • Grant Doyle

    as Opera Singer
  • Leah Jennings

    as Musician
  • Kathy Monaghan

    as Musician
  • Mark Lawrence

    as Musician
  • Gordon Coombes

    as Musician
  • Luke Dollman

    as Musician
  • Margaret Stone

    as Musician
  • Tom Carrig

    as Musician
  • Helen Ayres

    as Musician
  • Suzi Jarratt

    as Vocalist
  • Samantha McDonald

    as Vocalist
  • Peter Osborn

    as Priest (uncredited)
  • Sandi Gardiner

    as Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Directing Scott Hicks Director
Writing Scott Hicks Story
Editing Pip Karmel Editor
Sound David Hirschfelder Original Music Composer
Camera Geoffrey Simpson Director of Photography
Camera Geoffrey Simpson Camera Operator
Production Jane Scott Producer
Writing Jan Sardi Screenplay
Camera Jasmine Yuen Carrucan Clapper Loader
Art Tony Cronin Art Direction
Camera Sally Eccleston Focus Puller
Art Vicki Niehus Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Louise Wakefield Costume Design
Camera Lisa Tomasetti Still Photographer