PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
28 January 2004 | bob the moo
Wonderful little story that is interesting for the majority but heartbreaking at times
David is a stuttering, rambling man having suffer a complete breakdown as a young man. However when he was a child ...
wearing blue and rising in the audience at the lower left screen to applause near the end of the film.
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 everest play.
The character shows all signs of schizophrenia; not bipolar disorder (formerly known as "manic-depressive disorder"), as is claimed in the film. The real David Helfgott likewise displays many symptoms of schizophrenia and none of bipolar disorder.
Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush
$162,179 (USA) (22 November 1996)
$35,811,509 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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