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106 min.
Australia Australia
Jan Sardi (Story: Scott Hicks)
David Hirschfelder
Geoffrey Simpson
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Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC) / Film Victoria
Drama | Music. Family Relationships. Disease. Disability. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
Based on the true story of Australian pianist David Helfgott, this delightful movie charts the early and traumatic early years. Telling the story in flashback we see David as he grows up and into a child prodigy while his father abuses him and his siblings with the memory of his childhood in Europe and the loss of his family in the concentration camps. David finally breaks away from his father and goes away to study overseas, he later suffers a breakdown and returns to Australia and a life in an institution. Many years later he is released and through several twists of fate (in reality even more unlikely than film portrays) he starts playing a piano in a bar before finally returning to the concert hall.
1996: Oscar awards: Best Actor (Rush). 7 Nominations
1996: Golden Globe: Best Actor Drama (Rush). 5 Nominations
1996: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush) and Sound. 9 Nominations
1996: National Board of Review: Best Movie
1996: Satellite Awards: Best Actor (Rush) & Supporting Actor (Mueller-Stahl)
1996: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Rush). 2 Nominations
1996: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Rush)
1996: Festival Toronto: 2 Awards: Metro Media & People
1996: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor (Rush). 2 Nominations
1996: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1996: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1996: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
1996: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush). 3 Nominations
1996: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nominations including Best Actor (Rush)
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