Director: Scott Hicks Cast: Noah Taylor, Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Googie Withers, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave, Nicholas Bell, Sonia Todd, Richard Hansell, Marc Warren, Chris Haywood, Justin Braine, Alex Rafalowicz, Gordon Poole, Randall Berger, Danielle Cox, Rebecca Gooden, Marta Kaczmarek, John Cousins, Paul Linkson, Louise Dorling
Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Geoffrey Rush)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Armin Mueller-Stahl); Best Director (Scott Hicks); Best Original Screenplay (Jan Sardi & Scott Hicks); Best Film Editing; Best Original Dramatic Score (David Hirschfelder)
I First Saw In: 2016
Synopsis: 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.
Quotables: PETER: Religion is nonsense.
BEN ROSEN: It’s also a goldmine if you know where to dig.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I do not understand the motivation for David’s father at all. He wants David to be a perfect pianist and show him off for the world, but when anyone shows the slightest interest in David’s talents he grows defensive and abusive. He refuses to let David leave home to further his musical education. He physically beats and emotionally manipulates him. I think Jan Sardi and Scott Hicks intentionally maligned his character and then tried to make us understand and sympathise with him. However Armin Mueller-Stahl plays him so malevolently that I cannot find it in myself to pity him.
Geoffrey Rush is incredible, but that’s no surprise. He is incomparable.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233