Shine

Shine
Shine
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 1996
Fresh91%
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Rarely does a film come along that so illuminates the strength of the human spirit and the triumph of the heart. Shine is the compelling and poignant story of a young man who defies his father's wishes in order to pursue his dreams. Both thought-provoking and powerful, it tells a story of rebellion and of individuality through the eyes of a pianist whose only form of self-expression is found in the keys of his instrument.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a strong performance from Geoffrey Rush, Shine succeeds in telling a compelling, inspirational story without resorting to cheap sentimentality.
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Variety
David Stratton
Fresh

[Helfgott's] extraordinary life is intelligently charted here, and the three actors who play him a...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Fresh

Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
Fresh

Inspired by the real story of classical pianist David Helfgott, "Shine" re-creates that emotionall...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Intense, gripping mental illness music drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this award-winning drama depicts a mentally ill lead character who, as his dementia descends, behaves inappropriately with the opposite sex (groping womens' breasts impulsively) and sometimes goes out partially naked in public. In a discreetly shot scene he deliberately fouls a bathtub with human waste (inspring the script's lone swear word: "s--t"). There is frequent smoking and some drinking (and a glimpse of nearly nude go-go dancers in a London nite club).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 22, 1996
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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