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The true story of a gifted Australian piano prodigy, this biographical drama was nominated for seven Oscars, with actor Geoffrey Rush winning for Best Actor. Rush stars as David Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental problems. As a fragile boy genius at math, chess, and piano, David is driven hard by his overbearing father (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a tyrant who forbids him to accept a scholarship offered by the great violinist Isaac Stern. Although he studies briefly in London under tutor Cecil Parks (John Gielgud), David has a nervous breakdown after performing Rachmaninoff's daunting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Intense, gripping mental-illness music drama."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Inspiring, memorable cinema."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Pays tribute to the important role of soul-friends in the nurturing of one's creative talents."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"With the exception of a few overwrought scenes, Hicks' Australian biopic of pianist David Helfgott, which caused a bidding war at the 1996 Sundance Fest, is fresh and emotionally stirring without being sentimental or cliched."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"God save us from yet another holy fool movie. Geoffrey Rush has been much better."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Dará mucho de qué hablar, y les dejará un grato sabor de boca. Imposible no verla."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"The movie is really an Oscar sandwich -- stale bread surrounding a big piece of ham: Geoffrey Rush."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A tremendous biopic about overcoming the odds. It's what 'A Beautiful Mind' wants to grow up to be."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Despite all the feel-good overtones, the story never gets sappy, sentimental, or manipulative"
‑ Shane Burridge,
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