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Award-winning true story starring Geoffrey Rush. David Helfgott, a gifted pianist, suffers a mental breakdown that threatens to derail his career.


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THUNDER RUMBLES

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RAIN POURS

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I did, I did. I thought I was a cat. Ooh!

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Kind of, kind of. I identified with cats.

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I kind of did. I wonder why that was?

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They bite when you stroke them.

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Maybe I was a sad cat. Was I? Yeah, yeah, I wondered about cats.

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Truly I did, I did. Cos I was a fuddy-duddy.

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Kissed them all, always kissed cats.

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If a cat'd let me kiss it, I would.

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See a cat on the fence, I'd kiss it. Always, didn't I?

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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RAIN POURS

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Ho-ho!

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Life's a perpetual risk, isn't it?

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I think it is.

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I was different then, wasn't I?

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I gotta be different again, got to be different again.

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Can a leopard change its spots? Who knows?

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Ho-ho!

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It's a blood sport, I think so. It's true. It seems to be true.

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Or is it a blank?

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Bit of a scrabble. Hoooooy!

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Put the pieces together. See if you make words. Ho!

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That's funny, that's funny.

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It's a mystery, it's a mystery.

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-MAN:

-Oh, thank you, thank you.

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-Here we go.

-Bye.

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-WOMAN:

-Take care.

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Bye-bye.

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We're closed!

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HE KNOCKS REPEATEDLY

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What's the problem, mate?

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Sorry, sorry, mate, I'm the problem.

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Ho-ho. Such a problem. I'm wet, oh!

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But it's not an ideal world, is it?

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We must make the most of it, but it's more ideal than before.

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Because, I mean, we're privileged, right?

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Not long ago, people would've been burnt at the stake, maybe.

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-It's Tony. Who are you?

-Not maybe. Tony, Tony.

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Who knows, Tony. I don't know myself. Ah!

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I'm David, David. How does that sound?

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-Hi, David. How can Sylvia help?

-Is it Sylvia? Oh!

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Pleased to meet you, Sylvia, oh! SHE GASPS

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Schubert, wasn't it? He said, "Who's Sylvia, what is she?"

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-What can we do for you, David?

-Do for me?

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-Got to stop talking. It's a problem.

-No, it's all right.

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Just tell Sylvia why you're here.

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-A mystery.

-Are you lost?

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-That's it! How does that sound?

-Yes?

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Oh, is that your piano, beautiful Sylvia?

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Oh, isn't Sylvia beautiful, Toby? SHE LAUGHS

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Not Toby - Tony. You're beautiful too, Tony! Oh!

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Perhaps I could play it?

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-MAN:

-Like hell, baby.

-> Could I? You say.

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-Shut up, Sam.

-Hell baby, oh, the devil. Diablerie!

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-David.

-Get out of here. Go on.

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-Sylvia, Sylvia, could I play?

-David, your name and address.

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Leave it, Sylvia. Leave, leave it.

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That's very important, isn't it? Molto, molto.

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Then again, it's a lifelong struggle, isn't it Sylvia, Tony?

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To live, to survive.

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To survive undamaged, not destroy any creature.

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Wrongdoers are punished for the rest of your life.

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-Is it a lifelong struggle?

-Yep.

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To keep your head above water, not get it chopped off.

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I'm not disappointing you, am I Sylvia-Tony-Tony-Sylvia?

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-Sam, yay, Sam! Oh!

-Oh, no. Get off.

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DAVID LAUGHS

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Helfgott, what a name, oh! ALL LAUGH

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Helfgott - with the help of God. That's what it means. How's that?

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You see, Daddy's daddy was very religious, strict, and a meanie.

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But he got exterminated. God didn't help him. Whooahhh.

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Not very funny. Very sad, really.

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I'm callous. Callous and a bit of a meanie.

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Sorry, Sylvia. I mustn't damage Sylvia.

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Perhaps I haven't got a soul.

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-What makes you say that?

-Daddy said there's no such thing.

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-That's ridiculous.

-Right. I'm ridiculous and callous.

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Ridiculous and callous, uh, because it was a tragedy, a tragedy.

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A ridiculous tragedy.

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SLOW-MOTION APPLAUSE BEGINS

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BOY: (I'm going to win. I'm going to win.)

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(I'm going to win!)

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(I'm going to win.)

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David's going to play the piano for us.

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-Aren't you, David?

-Yes.

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What are you going to play?

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David?

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David. What are you going to play?

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-MAN:

-Excuse me.

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Chopin. The Polonaise.

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AUDIENCE CLAPS

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BELL RINGS

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PIANO SCRAPES AGAINST FLOOR

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PIANO STOOL SCREECHES

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STOOL SCREECHES

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This is crazy. The piano!

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The piano!

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That is crazy. The piano.

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This kid's good.

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He's great!

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He is my son.

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My son.

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-GIRL:

-Here they come.

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Did he win or lose?

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Margaret!

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He lost.

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Now we'll cop it.

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It's your turn.

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Uh?

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It's your turn, Daddy.

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Ah, let me see. Let me see.

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Ah, let me see.

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HE CHUCKLES

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You're losing. You're losing. You're losing.

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David, always win!

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Always...

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win!

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You know, when I...

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When I was a boy your age I bought a violin,

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a beautiful violin.

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I saved for this violin.

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-And you know what happened to it?

-Yes.

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He smashed it.

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Yeah...he smashed it.

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David...

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you're a very lucky boy.

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My father never let me have music.

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I know.

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You're a very lucky boy.

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Say it.

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I'm a very lucky boy.

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Very...lucky.

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Now shall I play for you?

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No. Pick up this piece.

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-MARGARET:

-I bet I could have won.

-You would have been too scared.

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-Sssh!

-CLASSICAL RECORD PLAYS

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CHESS PIECES CLUNK

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DAVID! Sh!

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Have a listen, have a listen.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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Margaret!

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I told you, tell your friends not to come.

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TRAIN BELL RINGS

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-GIRL:

-I spy...

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I? Come on, wait!

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Good boy.

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Hello.

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Daddy, there's somebody here!

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Hello.

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I hope I'm not interrupting.

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-Ben Rosen. I was one of the judges.

-Yes?

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You left before all the prizes were announced.

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You were very good this afternoon, David.

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Thank you.

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He can play better.

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Maybe he was a little too good. Some people don't like that.

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We gave him a special prize for his courage.

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A difficult piece you chose, David.

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Daddy chose it.

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Even great pianists think twice before attacking the Polonaise.

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-A prize for losing?

-I wouldn't call him a loser.

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Das genugt, das genugt.

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Sie spielt aber gut.

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They all, they all play.

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I'm quite sure...

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David could win lots of competitions with the right tuition.

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My card.

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-I teach him.

-You've obviously done very well.

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Yeah. No-one taught me.

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No music teachers, Mr Rosen.

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No, of course. It's just a...

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A few bad habits is the difference between winning or losing.

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Perhaps you'd like to think about it. Mmm?

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GENTLE PIANO TUNE

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Rachmaninoff.

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It's beautiful.

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Yeah. You taught yourself?

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From the record.

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Oh, yeah. It's... it's very difficult.

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It's very difficult.

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It's...

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It's, uh, the hardest piece in the world, you know.

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Will you teach me?

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You know...

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one day you will play it.

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You will make me very proud, very proud of you, David.

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Yes.

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Mmm.

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And, uh...

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next time...

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what are we going to do?

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-We're going to win.

-We are going to win, yes.

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So... Good night.

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Good night, Daddy.

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HE SIGHS

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Come, come, come, come.

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DOORBELL RINGS

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Don't touch it, don't touch it.

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Yes?

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Mr Rosen, I have decided I would like...

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you teach David...this.

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Rachmaninoff. Don't be ridiculous.

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He can play it already.

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He's just a boy. He can't express that sort of passion!

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You are a passionate man, Mr Rosen.

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You will teach him, no?

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No!

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I'll teach him what I think's best.

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Rachmaninoff is best.

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But...

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You are his teacher. I'll let you decide.

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Thank you.

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We'll start with Mozart.

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Mr Rosen...

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I can't afford to pay.

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THUNDERSTORM BREAKS

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SCALES PLAYED ON PIANO

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Come on, David. Sylvia's getting wet.

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-Sorry, Sylvia, sorry. Bye, Tony.

-See you later.

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It's raining cats and dogs, dogs and pussycats.

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Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho!

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-Ho, look out!

-Oh.

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Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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-You'll be right then, David?

-I'm fine. Home sweet home.

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-Oh, you CAN play!

-Oh, kind of, kind of play, Sylvia.

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Chopin, Sylvia, Chopinzee! The Pole-popolski.

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Like Daddy and his family before they were concentrated.

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-How long have you been here?

-Golly, a few years.

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Aeons, how does that sound?

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And Schubert, nothing wrong with Schubert, except syphilis.

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Then typhoid on top of that, so we lost him.

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-A bit careless of us.

-So, you're back.

->

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Oh, Jim! I've been a naughty boy. Was I a naughty boy?

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-I almost sent out a search party.

-A party. I won't be invited...

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-He came to my restaurant a bit lost.

-He's very good at that, thanks.

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-..have a party...

-Bye, David.

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It's time for a wine and a very fine time, mardis gras and a long cigar.

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HEAVY RAIN BECOMES...

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APPLAUSE The winner...

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our youngest state champion... CROWD CHEERS

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..David Helfgott.

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-Rosen, we won, we won.

-Thanks to Mozart, hmm?

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-And now he can play Rachmaninoff.

-ROSEN SIGHS

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To present David with the prize money,

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our very special guest from America, ladies and gentlemen.

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Currently on tour in Australia, Mr Isaac Stern.

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-AUDIENCE APPLAUDS

-Isaac...Isaac Stern.

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You have a very special talent, David.

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Thank you, thank you, Mr Stern. So do you.

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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How much are you prepared to give to your music, David?

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-How much?

-Everything, EVERYTHING!

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Sh!

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Ah, uh, everything.

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But, uh, I do like tennis and, uh, chemistry too. AUDIENCE TITTERS

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Do you play tennis as well as you play Mozart?

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I bounce the ball against the wall at home mainly.

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How would you like to go to a special American school

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where MUSIC bounces off walls?

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America?

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You know - land of the free, home of the brave, Mickey Mouse!

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Ladies and gentlemen, what an honour for our young state champion -

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an invitation to study in America!

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AUDIENCE CHEERS AND APPLAUDS

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-GIRL:

-And now, all the way from America...

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David Helfgott! Woooo!

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-Thank you, thank you.

-He's not from America.

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He's going to America,

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and when he comes back, he'll be coming from there, won't you?

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-I suppose so. BOY:

-(Margaret.)

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Ooooh!

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No, I have no money to send David to America.

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Well, um...

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-We'll raise it!

-What?

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Bar Mitzvah.

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David hasn't yet had his Bar Mitzvah.

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Religion is nonsense.

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It's also a goldmine if you know where to dig.

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And one day I'll play with an orchestra.

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Wow! Can I come when you do?

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You can ride in my Cadillac.

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Where will you live in America?

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With a nice Jewish family, they said.

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Here is not a nice family?

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Oh, yes, Daddy. It's very nice.

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You're very lucky to have a family, David.

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-MARGARET LAUGHS BOY:

-She was down there with him.

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CHATTER CONTINUES

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DOG BARKS

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I've gotta go.

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It's one of the finest music schools in the world.

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It is for his father to decide.

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He would be well looked after, I promise.

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Rachel, please.

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David could be one of the truly great pianists.

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He is just a boy, Mr Rosen.

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He still wets his bed.

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DOOR SHUTS

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Take this one, the brown one.

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Yes.

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You see...how fit I am, how strong?

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Show me the lion scratches when you worked in the circus, Daddy.

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HE HUMS A TUNE

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Yeah. That what happens when you're too close to the bars, eh?

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David, come here.

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-Hit me.

-OK.

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-Hit me.

-Arggh!

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-Yeah, as hard as you can. You too.

-Me too, Daddy!

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You see - a man of steel.

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No-one can hurt me.

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Because in this world only the fit survive.

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-The weak get crushed like insects.

-HE LAUGHS

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Like grasshoppers, Daddy?

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Believe me. If you want to survive in America...

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you have to be fit and strong.

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-Like you, Daddy?

-Yeah! Ha-ha.

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Like me. Yes! Ha-ha.

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Yeah, that's good.

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SOFT TAPPING AT TYPEWRITER

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PAPER IS TORN

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MAN LAUGHS

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See you next week, David. Don't forget to study.

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Thank you, Rabbi.

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Mr Helfgott! It is exciting, isn't it?

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David, the Lord Mayor is dying to meet you!

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-Peter.

-Mr Rosen.

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Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention, please?

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I would like to thank our wonderful Lord Mayor

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for establishing this fund to send David to America.

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APPLAUSE

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And now to play for us, our very own David Helfgott!

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APPLAUSE

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'These people are a disgrace!'

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They think they are so important.

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What do they know, with their furs and their diamonds?

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It makes me sick to the stomach! That Rosen - what kind of man is he?

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He's not married. He has no children.

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MUFFLED: Don't ever talk to me about Rosen.

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He only wants for David the same as you have always wanted.

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Don't ever compare me to him.

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What has he suffered? Not a day in his life!

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What does he know... What does he know about families?

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About how your sisters died? And my mother and father?

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Thank you! Thank you, David!

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Thank you, Comrade Helfgott! Your son is a credit to you!

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On behalf of the Soviet Friendship Society, we applaud you!

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Meet Katherine Prichard.

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You play beautifully.

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Thank you.

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My name's Sonia.

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I-I'm David.

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I know who you are.

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You've got the most wonderful hands.

0:26:030:26:06

So do you.

0:26:060:26:08

So, um...are you... You're going to America?

0:26:100:26:14

That's right, yeah.

0:26:140:26:15

One day you'll go to Russia too.

0:26:150:26:18

Why not?

0:26:180:26:20

David!

0:26:230:26:24

I-I'm here.

0:26:260:26:28

There's someone important who wants to meet you.

0:26:280:26:30

I'd better go.

0:26:320:26:34

I've never met anyone who plays the piano as beautifully as you, David.

0:26:450:26:50

I've never met a writer before, Mrs Prichard.

0:26:500:26:52

You must be very proud of him.

0:26:520:26:54

As proud as a father can be.

0:26:540:26:56

I have a long-suffering old piano at home.

0:26:560:26:59

Ah, suffering piano!

0:26:590:27:00

From neglect.

0:27:000:27:02

Perhaps you'll play it for me one day.

0:27:020:27:04

Yes...anything to help.

0:27:040:27:06

I'd like that very much.

0:27:060:27:08

Me too.

0:27:080:27:09

TAPS ON GLASS

0:27:090:27:11

Your attention, comrades. I wish to propose a toast.

0:27:110:27:14

That's my cue.

0:27:140:27:15

To our founder and very special guest this evening,

0:27:150:27:18

Katherine Susannah Prichard.

0:27:180:27:20

You will learn much from this old woman.

0:27:200:27:22

She has been to the Soviet Union.

0:27:220:27:24

America!

0:27:500:27:52

"We have been informed of your exceptional talent

0:27:520:27:55

"and can only say how privileged we feel to have you stay with us.

0:27:550:28:00

"You'll feel very much at home here and you'll be pleased to know

0:28:000:28:03

"we're having the Bosendorfer tuned especially.

0:28:030:28:06

"We eagerly await your innement arrival..."

0:28:060:28:09

-"Imminent".

-I wonder if they've got a Cadillac!

0:28:090:28:12

"..imminent arrival and look forward to hearing you play for us.

0:28:120:28:16

"Kindest wishes, Simon and Basha Mickleburg."

0:28:160:28:20

Read it again!

0:28:200:28:21

Shush! You'll wake the baby!

0:28:210:28:24

"You'll enjoy the company of our parakeet

0:28:240:28:26

"and our poodle, called Margaret."

0:28:260:28:29

-SHE LAUGHS

-Hey! It is not!

0:28:290:28:30

-Pig!

-It is too!

0:28:300:28:33

Enough! Enough!

0:28:330:28:35

Turn it off! Give me the letter.

0:28:350:28:37

MUSIC OFF

0:28:370:28:39

David is not going anywhere.

0:28:390:28:40

Daddy!

0:28:440:28:45

What are you looking at, you fools? He's not going to America.

0:28:460:28:50

I won't let anyone destroy THIS FAMILY!

0:28:500:28:53

Please, Daddy, don't!

0:28:530:28:55

I know, David, what is best, because I'm your father.

0:28:580:29:02

I am your father and THIS IS YOUR FAMILY!

0:29:020:29:06

David! David, come back!

0:29:090:29:12

Come back!

0:29:120:29:13

SHE SHOUTS ANGRILY IN YIDDISH

0:29:130:29:17

I know what's best. Believe me.

0:29:180:29:22

Close the door!

0:29:220:29:24

Mr Rosen!

0:29:320:29:34

Mr Rosen, please! It's David!

0:29:360:29:39

Mr Rosen!

0:29:410:29:43

LOUD DRIP

0:30:080:30:10

DRIP

0:30:130:30:14

Time to get out, David. It's my turn for the bath.

0:30:250:30:29

Are you feeling better now? Have you stopped shivering?

0:30:290:30:32

You know, a bath is always the best, David.

0:30:320:30:34

Always...

0:30:340:30:36

Hmmm. You disgusting animal.

0:30:360:30:40

To shit in the bath. To do this to me.

0:30:400:30:44

You DISGUSTING ANIMAL!

0:30:440:30:48

HE SINGS FROM THE TORAH

0:31:040:31:06

Peter!

0:31:570:31:59

I know you can hear me.

0:32:010:32:03

Don't do this to David!

0:32:040:32:06

You mustn't stop him going! Peter!

0:32:070:32:11

Whatever you do, don't you dare inflict bloody Rachmaninoff on him.

0:32:290:32:34

He's not ready!

0:32:340:32:35

SCREEN DOOR SLAMS

0:32:390:32:41

CAR DOOR CLOSES

0:32:450:32:47

CAR ENGINE STARTS

0:32:470:32:49

CAR DRIVES OFF

0:32:510:32:53

FOOTSTEPS APPROACH SLOWLY

0:32:570:32:59

-PETER:

-David. My boy.

0:32:590:33:02

It's a terrible thing, to hate your father.

0:33:040:33:07

Life is cruel, but...but music...

0:33:100:33:15

Music, it will always... always be your friend.

0:33:160:33:20

Everything else... will let you down in the end.

0:33:200:33:24

Everything. Believe me - everything.

0:33:240:33:26

-HE SPEAKS YIDDISH

-David. Don't hate me.

0:33:260:33:31

Life is cruel.

0:33:340:33:36

But you have...you have to... you have to survive.

0:33:370:33:43

You have to survive.

0:33:460:33:48

Say it.

0:33:490:33:51

You have to survive, Dad. You have to survive.

0:33:510:33:55

No-one...will love you like me.

0:34:060:34:11

You can't trust anyone.

0:34:130:34:15

But I will always...be there.

0:34:160:34:21

David...give me a hug.

0:34:230:34:27

I will always be with you, for ever and ever.

0:34:280:34:32

For ever and ever, Dad.

0:34:330:34:35

MUSIC: Fast Zu Ernst by Schumann

0:35:150:35:19

Each time you play for me,

0:35:350:35:38

it expresses so completely the...inexpressible.

0:35:380:35:44

Is that good?

0:35:440:35:46

It's divine.

0:35:460:35:48

-Inexpressibly divine.

-Quite.

0:35:480:35:51

HE RESUMES PLAYING Tell me a story, Katherine.

0:35:540:35:56

What's the story today?

0:35:560:35:58

A new story - drops of water.

0:35:580:36:02

-Raindrops?

-Yes, raindrops.

0:36:030:36:07

Perfect. I shall treasure this till the day I die.

0:36:210:36:25

"To you, all these wild weeds and wind flowers of my life,

0:36:370:36:41

"I bring, my Lord and lay them at your feet.

0:36:410:36:45

"They're not frankincense or myrrh,

0:36:450:36:47

"but you are Krishna, Christ and Dionysus,

0:36:470:36:51

"in your beauty, tenderness and strength."

0:36:510:36:56

MUSICIANS TUNE INSTRUMENTS

0:37:080:37:12

APPLAUSE

0:37:260:37:30

-ANNOUNCER:

-'That was our final contestant, David Helfgott,

0:37:300:37:33

'with a very stirring Rachmaninoff.

0:37:330:37:36

'Well, what a close contest we have,

0:37:360:37:38

'with the national championship almost certainly going

0:37:380:37:41

'to one of the two pianists.'

0:37:410:37:43

Bravo, David!

0:37:430:37:44

'It'll be difficult for the judges to separate them, either one a worthy winner.

0:37:440:37:50

'The judges are now conferring.'

0:37:500:37:52

It's a tough game, isn't it, Roger?

0:38:010:38:03

It's a blood sport.

0:38:030:38:05

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm pleased to announce the winner

0:38:380:38:41

of this year's Instrumental and Vocal Competition.

0:38:410:38:44

Our new National Champion is...

0:38:440:38:48

-..Roger Woodward.

-ENTHUSIASTIC APPLAUSE

0:38:500:38:53

APPLAUSE CONTINUES

0:39:170:39:19

What was he like, Katherine?

0:39:480:39:51

Your father.

0:39:510:39:53

He was for ever busy in his study.

0:39:550:39:58

"Go away, Kattie, I'm writing", he'd always say.

0:39:580:40:02

One day - oh, I was very young - I got so annoyed

0:40:020:40:07

that I upset the ink pots all over his desk

0:40:070:40:11

and scrawled on his work - pages of it.

0:40:110:40:14

When he saw it, he just stood there, SEETHING with anger -

0:40:150:40:19

I could feel it.

0:40:190:40:21

"What are you doing?!" he shouted.

0:40:210:40:23

There was this terrible silence.

0:40:240:40:27

And I just stared at him and said, "Go away, Daddy, I'm writing."

0:40:290:40:33

-SHE LAUGHS

-He ran at me and he picked me up and cuddled me breathless.

0:40:330:40:40

My first literary effort, he always called it.

0:40:430:40:47

SHE CHUCKLES

0:40:480:40:50

David, what is it?

0:40:530:40:55

Royal College of Music.

0:41:070:41:09

A scholarship.

0:41:110:41:13

Oh, David, that's MARVELLOUS!

0:41:140:41:16

Daddy won't cuddle ME, Katherine. Oh, no.

0:41:180:41:21

He can't stop you, David.

0:41:220:41:24

He's such an angry lion, Katherine.

0:41:240:41:26

Oh, nonsense, he's a pussycat.

0:41:260:41:28

I'll miss you.

0:41:320:41:34

These were for my son, but YOU better have them.

0:41:430:41:46

It gets very, very cold in London.

0:41:460:41:50

BIRDS SING

0:41:580:42:00

David.

0:42:290:42:31

Where have you been?

0:42:320:42:33

Um...I missed the train.

0:42:330:42:35

That Prichard woman!

0:42:350:42:37

What is this?

0:42:380:42:40

The gloves?

0:42:400:42:41

Look at me.

0:42:470:42:49

Look at me!

0:42:500:42:51

HE CHUCKLES

0:43:030:43:05

And you think you can just do as you please?

0:43:070:43:11

I...I want to go...

0:43:130:43:15

and, um...you can't stop me.

0:43:150:43:16

David.

0:43:160:43:18

I am your father, who has done EVERYTHING for you!

0:43:180:43:22

-Everything!

-DAVID WHIMPERS

0:43:220:43:24

You cruel, callous boy!

0:43:240:43:25

Mama! Margaret!

0:43:250:43:27

-You stupid, stupid boy!

-MUM!

0:43:270:43:28

Leave me! Leave him!

0:43:280:43:30

-Leave me alone!

-Margaret!

0:43:300:43:31

Don't hurt him! Don't hurt him!

0:43:310:43:34

DAVID!

0:43:340:43:36

You want to go - go!

0:43:360:43:37

You want to go - go!

0:43:370:43:39

-Out! Out!

-MARGARET:

-I'll call the police!

0:43:390:43:41

-Out! Out! Out!

-Stop it!

0:43:410:43:43

HE GASPS

0:43:440:43:46

Leave him!

0:43:460:43:47

He is all right.

0:43:470:43:48

Are you all right, David?

0:43:480:43:51

Are you all right?

0:43:520:43:54

Yeah? Come on, David.

0:43:540:43:56

He is all right.

0:43:570:43:59

I'm old enough to make up my own mind.

0:43:590:44:03

He thinks he's going to London.

0:44:030:44:05

I've been accepted into the Royal College of Music.

0:44:050:44:09

What do you think will happen to you in London?

0:44:090:44:12

David...if you go...

0:44:150:44:17

you will never come back into this house again.

0:44:170:44:20

You will never be anybody's son.

0:44:200:44:23

The girls will lose a brother.

0:44:230:44:26

Is that what you want?

0:44:260:44:28

You want....

0:44:280:44:30

You want to destroy...your family?

0:44:300:44:33

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

0:44:330:44:35

David!

0:44:370:44:39

David, if you love me, you will stop this nonsense.

0:44:390:44:42

You will not step out...that door.

0:44:420:44:44

David...

0:44:440:44:46

..if you go, you will be punished...

0:44:470:44:51

..for the rest of your life.

0:44:520:44:54

My David...don't go.

0:44:540:44:57

(I'm sorry.)

0:45:010:45:02

(I'm sorry.)

0:45:020:45:04

DAVID!

0:45:080:45:10

Don't make me do it!

0:45:100:45:12

HE SOBS

0:45:270:45:29

He has the most fantastic hands.

0:46:150:46:18

Not connected to anything above his shoulders.

0:46:180:46:20

Yes. He's a bit fragile, certainly.

0:46:210:46:23

A Chopinzee!

0:46:230:46:25

I've seen enough to suggest

0:46:250:46:27

he could make the finals of the concerto trials.

0:46:270:46:30

And what have you seen, Cecil?

0:46:300:46:32

Moments of genius.

0:46:320:46:34

Genius?

0:46:340:46:36

Really!

0:46:370:46:38

HE CHUCKLES

0:46:420:46:43

'Come on, David!'

0:46:430:46:45

Boldness of attack!

0:46:450:46:47

PROFESSOR SLAMS DISCORDANT KEYS Whoa!

0:46:470:46:49

-Diablerie!

-Whoa!

0:46:490:46:50

-The devil, David!

-Mustn't break the piano.

0:46:500:46:53

Liszt broke plenty of strings.

0:46:530:46:55

Right, right, right.

0:46:550:46:56

Come on!

0:46:560:46:58

Fill in for this useless arm of mine.

0:46:580:47:00

The notes first.

0:47:000:47:02

Interpretation comes on top of them.

0:47:020:47:04

On top, yes. Yes, yes.

0:47:040:47:06

-DAVID PLAYS

-You agree, do you?

0:47:060:47:08

Oh, yes. I always agree, Professor.

0:47:080:47:10

Is that wise?

0:47:100:47:11

I don't know. Is it?

0:47:110:47:13

Don't forget, it's on the page!

0:47:140:47:17

Yes. Well, the...the notes are on the page.

0:47:170:47:20

But not the feeling, the emotion. That's what I feel.

0:47:200:47:23

You mustn't sacrifice everything to emotion.

0:47:230:47:25

It's all a question of balance.

0:47:250:47:27

Oh...is that the question, Professor?

0:47:270:47:29

Precisely.

0:47:290:47:31

Uh-huh. I thought so.

0:47:310:47:33

That's what I thought.

0:47:330:47:35

THEY PLAY LISZT'S "LA CAMPENELLA"

0:47:360:47:39

-MAN:

-'Mr Helfgott!'

0:47:490:47:50

-Your allowance cheque!

-Thank you, Mr Wright!

0:47:500:47:53

Sorry, sorry, sorry.

0:47:530:47:54

I'll...I'll just stand still here.

0:47:540:47:56

Be careful, David.

0:47:560:47:58

Oh. By all means, Sarah.

0:47:580:47:59

-You look lovely today, Sarah.

-Thank you, David.

0:47:590:48:02

You too, Muriel!

0:48:020:48:03

Ease up, Helfgott.

0:48:030:48:05

-DAVID MUMBLES

-Sarah!

0:48:050:48:06

David! You missed the bank.

0:48:060:48:08

-You'll have to wait until tomorrow.

-Can't bank on the bank.

0:48:080:48:11

-We know someone who'll cash it.

-Do we, Robert?

0:48:110:48:15

# Long before this dance has reached the end

0:48:150:48:19

# Bom ba ba ba baa Bom ba ba ba

0:48:190:48:22

# To you across the floor My love, I'll sing

0:48:220:48:27

# Bom ba ba ba baa Bom ba ba ba

0:48:270:48:31

# I just hope and pray

0:48:310:48:33

# That I'll find a way to say

0:48:340:48:37

# Can I dance with you?

0:48:370:48:39

# Bom ba ba ba baa Bom ba ba ba... #

0:48:390:48:43

PIGEON COOS

0:48:430:48:46

HE SIGHS

0:48:510:48:52

DAVID: 'Got to concentrate, Katherine.

0:49:080:49:10

'Got to practise, practise, practise.

0:49:100:49:12

'Because there's three important things, ah...Professor Parkes says.

0:49:120:49:15

'And that's work, work, work.

0:49:150:49:16

DAVID ON TAPE: 'That's what I have to do

0:49:160:49:19

'to make the finals for the Concerto Medal,

0:49:190:49:22

'the winner of which gets to play at the Royal Albert Hall.

0:49:220:49:26

'You see, I bought a piano, Katherine.

0:49:260:49:28

'A beautiful piano.

0:49:280:49:30

'It's a suffering piano, like yours.'

0:49:300:49:32

Ah...I wrote to Daddy.

0:49:320:49:34

So that's a...a positive.

0:49:340:49:36

It's a positive, isn't it?

0:49:360:49:38

Well, it seems to be.

0:49:380:49:39

He didn't write back, but, um... ha, ha, ha!

0:49:390:49:42

BABY CRIES IN THE DISTANCE

0:49:420:49:45

How did we manage to get into the finals, David?

0:49:560:49:59

-You're a conductor's nightmare.

-It's true.

0:49:590:50:02

And what will we do?

0:50:020:50:03

-We're going to win, Ashley-Robert.

-Won't we!

0:50:030:50:05

-PROFESSOR PARKES:

-Rachmaninoff?

0:50:070:50:10

Are you sure?

0:50:100:50:12

Um....ah...kind of.

0:50:120:50:13

I'm never really sure about anything, Mr Parkes.

0:50:130:50:16

The Rach' 3.

0:50:160:50:18

It's monumental.

0:50:190:50:20

See, it's a mountain.

0:50:200:50:22

It's the hardest piece you could everest play.

0:50:220:50:25

No-one's ever been mad enough to attempt the Rach' 3.

0:50:250:50:28

Am I...mad enough, Professor?

0:50:290:50:32

Am I?

0:50:320:50:33

HE PLAYS RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO CONCERTO NO.3

0:50:360:50:40

-PROFESSOR PARKES:

-Think of it as two separate melodies

0:50:400:50:42

jousting for supremacy.

0:50:420:50:44

The hands are giants, ten fingers each!

0:50:460:50:50

Performing's a risk, you know?

0:50:530:50:55

No safety net!

0:50:550:50:57

Make no mistake, David. It's dangerous!

0:50:570:51:01

People get hurt.

0:51:010:51:02

You have to learn to be able to play it blindfolded.

0:51:030:51:06

The page, for God's sake! The notes!

0:51:090:51:10

Sorry. I was forgetting them, Professor.

0:51:100:51:13

Would it be asking too much to learn them first?

0:51:130:51:16

-And THEN forget them?

-Precisely.

0:51:160:51:19

Just give me the fingering.

0:51:190:51:21

RACHMANINOFF'S CONCERTO NO. 3 CONTINUES

0:51:430:51:47

David! Come on, my boy.

0:52:010:52:03

We're going to rest the muscles and fingers today.

0:52:030:52:06

Try to exercise the imagination.

0:52:060:52:08

First Movement. Cadenza.

0:52:080:52:11

Let's pick it up from, er...

0:52:110:52:14

# ..pom...pom-pom...

0:52:140:52:16

-# Pom-pom!

-Pom-pom pom-pom... #

0:52:160:52:18

DAVID AND PROFESSOR CONTINUE POMMING

0:52:180:52:21

Your hands must form the unbreakable habit of playing the notes

0:52:230:52:26

so you can forget all about them...

0:52:260:52:29

..and let it come from here.

0:52:300:52:32

The heart! That's where it comes from.

0:52:320:52:34

Don't you just love those big fat chords?!

0:52:470:52:51

You have to tame the piano, David, or it'll get away from you!

0:52:510:52:55

It's a monster!

0:52:550:52:56

Tame it, or it'll swallow you whole!

0:52:560:52:59

METAL TWANGS PROFESSOR LAUGHS

0:53:010:53:03

Coming along nicely, David.

0:53:030:53:05

Morning, Mrs Perkins.

0:53:520:53:53

DOOR SLAMS

0:54:010:54:03

(Katherine.)

0:54:160:54:17

-PROFESSOR PARKES:

-I call this my little mausoleum, David.

0:55:060:55:10

Ah! Liszt!

0:55:110:55:12

Warts and all.

0:55:120:55:14

HE CHUCKLES

0:55:140:55:15

They made this after he was dead.

0:55:150:55:17

Poor Franz. Dead as a post.

0:55:190:55:21

You can still get these on the Left Bank, you know?

0:55:210:55:24

Quite cheap.

0:55:240:55:25

I've got Rachmaninoff in here somewhere.

0:55:320:55:35

Ah!

0:55:360:55:37

Magnificent fingers.

0:55:390:55:41

So virile.

0:55:410:55:43

You know, I played the Rach' 3 for him once.

0:55:470:55:50

Really?

0:55:500:55:52

Yes.

0:55:530:55:55

He said he could hear himself in my playing.

0:55:550:55:58

He said it seemed... as if I had touched his soul.

0:55:590:56:03

That wasn't so bad, was it?

0:56:040:56:07

Not too bad at all, Professor.

0:56:070:56:09

Now, it's your turn, David.

0:56:090:56:11

Remember...once you've done it,

0:56:110:56:14

nobody can ever take it away from you.

0:56:140:56:17

And you must play...

0:56:180:56:20

as if there was no tomorrow.

0:56:200:56:22

APPLAUSE

0:56:260:56:29

Come on, David. Don't let me down.

0:56:430:56:45

How many moments of genius today, Cecil?

0:56:500:56:52

APPLAUSE DIES DOWN

0:56:590:57:01

ORCHESTRA PLAYS SWEEPING MELODY WITH PIANO

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ORCHESTRAL MUSIC RISES AND FALLS WITH PIANO

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DAVID'S PIANO SOLO PLAYS ON TAPE RECORDER

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ORCHESTRAL MUSIC SWELLS TO A CRESCENDO

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STRIDENT, RHYTHMICAL STRINGS

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MUSIC DISTORTS

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KEYS CREAK AND THUD

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HEARTBEAT THUMPS

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DISTANT RIPPLING PIANO

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KEYS CREAK AND THUD

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HEARTBEAT THUMPS

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CRESCENDO OF PIANO AND ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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WILD APPLAUSE, CHEERING

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Bravo! Bravo!

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Bravo!

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APPLAUSE FROM TAPE RECORDER

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DISTANT CRIES OF "BRAVO"

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BREATHES RASPINGLY

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HEAVY THUD

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DISCORDANT PIANO NOTES ECHO

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SILENCE

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TELEPHONE RINGS DISTANTLY

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FOOTSTEPS APPROACH

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TELEPHONE CONTINUES RINGING

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ELECTRICITY HUMS

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TELEPHONE RINGING INCREASES IN VOLUME

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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-PETER:

-Hello?

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Who is this?

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Hello?

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DAVID: 'Daddy.'

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THUNDER CRACKS

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Daddy, I'm home.

1:03:041:03:06

'Daddy?'

1:03:061:03:08

'Hello? Daddy?'

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PHONE BEEPS

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Someone here to see you, David.

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It's me, David.

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Suzie.

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Suzie.

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Suzie. Do we know Suzie?

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-Your sister, David.

-Oh, sister Suzie. Sister Suzie.

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Thank you, sister, sister nurse. Sister Suzie.

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David, I won't be able to come and visit so often.

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Not so often, sweet Suzie. Not so often.

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I'm going to live in Melbourne.

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That's the trick. Don't tell Daddy.

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The milk. Mustn't cry over spilt milk.

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Oh, well. What can you do, Margaret?

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Margaret's in Israel, remember?

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I remember Margaret. She called me Dopey.

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Or was it a pig? It was the poodle.

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It was all very complicated, wasn't it?

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"Complicato" in Israel.

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It...it was a battleground.

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War zone. Such a bore. Such a bore. Always a war. Always a war.

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It just destroys everything, really, doesn't it?

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BIRDS CHIRP

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TROLLEY TRUNDLES NOISILY

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-David!

-That's right, Nurse. That's me.

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I knew I'd find you here.

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I've been a naughty boy again. I've misbehaved, haven't I, Nurse?

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-I think I have.

-Come on, David.

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I might get punished for the rest of my life.

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I'm flawed. I'm fatally flawed.

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-That's right.

-Silly sausage.

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It's f-f-forbidden fruit. The doctor said it's forbidden fruit.

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HE MUTTERS INCOHERENTLY

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The thing is...he's...he's... he didn't approve, did he?

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He was very disapproving.

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Oh, he was very disapproving.

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HE BABBLES INCOHERENTLY

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LIGHT-HEARTED PIANO MUSIC PLAYS

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Come on, Charlie. Let's put this over here.

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Oh! So you can read music?

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Kind of. Kind of.

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Perhaps I'm just turning over a new leaf.

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That's all right, isn't it?

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My name's Beryl Alcott. What's yours?

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Alcott. That sounds like my name.

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-Helfgott. That's my name.

-Helfgott?

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That's right. Ridiculous. It means "with the help of God".

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What's your first name, Mr Helfgott?

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Oh, yes. First names first.

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David. I'm David. I'm David. How's that sound?

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SHE STOPS PLAYING

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-You're David Helfgott?

-That's right, Beryl. Right.

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That's right. That's right.

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I watched you win all those competitions.

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Win some, lose some. Can't lose them all.

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-Not your fault.

-I was a fan.

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-Do you still play?

-The doctor said I mustn't.

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-It'll end in tears if I misbehave.

-You mustn't?

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I mustn't. That's right.

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Is that right? I think so.

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The doctor said it might damage me because it did once before.

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Long, long, long time ago. That's the story.

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So you play, Beryl. You play.

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Boldness of attack.

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SHE PLAYS "DAISY, DAISY"

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Oh, that's good, Beryl. That's good.

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Oh, very good left hand. Very good.

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You've got to share and care and care and share and just behave.

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That's right. That's right. Yes.

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This is going to be a stylish marriage.

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Ah, it's a stylish marriage, Beryl!

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Oh, that's very good, Beryl. Very good.

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Mmm. Oh, it's very good.

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Oh, it's very good.

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Oh! Press those pedals!

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They're riding the bicycle, Beryl. Pedal, Beryl. Pedal.

1:09:211:09:24

-What goes on in his head?

-God only knows.

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He's confusing at the best of times.

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It's a complex disorder.

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-Lives in his own little world.

-Poor lost soul.

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Mmm. He's a sweetie.

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He could leave tomorrow if he had somewhere to go.

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BIRDS CHIRP

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Come along, David.

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Beryl. Beryl. Beryl.

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David, you know I can't abide smoke.

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Oh, sorry, Beryl. Sorry.

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What are you doing?

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-I'll walk. I'll walk.

-You don't know the way.

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-I'll follow you. How does that sound?

-Oh...

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-SHE CHUCKLES

-It's all right.

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Get in, David.

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SHE LAUGHS

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God bless you, David Helfgott!

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-How's this, Beryl? This all right?

-Oh!

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SHE LAUGHS WHOOAAAA!

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MUSIC: Gloria by Vivaldi

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Is that you, Nurse?

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It's all right, David.

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-I'm here.

-Oh, here, here, never fear.

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Where's the nurse? Where's the sister, Beryl?

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-This is where you live now, David.

-That's right.

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I'm fine. I'm fine. Aren't I, Daisy?

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Daisy, Daisy, Beryl, Daisy.

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Now David Helfgott really gets back on the rails.

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Oh, that's the story. That's the story.

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Mmm.

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Mmm.

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That's good, Beryl. That's good.

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Oh, ho, ho, ho, ho!

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Don't you just love those big fat chords, Beryl?

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Oh, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!

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CHOIR SINGS "GLORIA"

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Botanical Garden's just down the road.

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Nice walk.

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You'll be able to come and go as you please.

1:11:451:11:48

Mr Minogue's a lovely man.

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A real Christian gentleman.

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I know you're going to like him, David.

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And guess what? You'll even have your own piano!

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PLAYS LOUD, VIGOROUS MUSIC

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HE MUTTERS INCOHERENTLY

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-MAN UPSTAIRS:

-Shut up!

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-BANGING ON CEILING

-For goodness' sake, shut up!

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Morning, David.

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Wakey, wakey. Rise and shine.

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It's breakfast time.

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I think it's about time we gave that piano another rest, eh, David?

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Here. Sign your cheque.

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Ah, look at you.

1:13:161:13:18

-You should get out and exercise.

-Exercise. Yes. That's right.

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Get some fresh air into your lungs, David.

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Because the weak get crushed like insects, don't they?

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Like grasshoppers.

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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Whooaa!

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Whooaa!

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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LIGHT PIANO MUSIC

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-MAN:

-Thank you, thank you.

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Hope you enjoyed your evening.

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-WOMAN:

-It was great.

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-Bye.

-Bye.

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We're closed!

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DOOR CLOSES

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PEOPLE CHAT AND LAUGH

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Sylvia. Your stray dog's back.

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-Want me to get rid of him?

-No, I'll handle it.

1:16:121:16:14

Hey, Baby. What about a tune?

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A tune. Sure. No worries. No worries.

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Bravo. Bravo. Encore.

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-HE CHUCKLES

-Oh, sock it to us, Liberace!

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-PEOPLE LAUGH

-That's enough, Sam.

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David...

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HE PLAYS "FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE-BEE" BY RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

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ALL APPLAUD LOUDLY AND CHEER

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Fantastic!

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-MAN:

-More!

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Thank you!

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Thank you.

1:17:571:17:59

Two more, mate.

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SPEECH IS DROWNED OUT BY APPLAUSE

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Oh, I've got a live one!

1:18:331:18:34

Hey! Hey! Give us Beethoven's Fifth.

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Sure, baby, no worries. Symphony or concerto?

1:18:371:18:39

I played quite well tonight, didn't I?

1:19:161:19:18

I played quite well.

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I deserve a bit of a snack.

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TIN THUMPS ON FLOOR

1:19:221:19:24

Hello, David.

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Hello, Daddy.

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H-hello.

1:19:301:19:32

Are you feeling well?

1:19:341:19:36

Well. Well, well, well.

1:19:371:19:39

T-the thing is, the lid, I can't open it.

1:19:391:19:41

-There's something wrong.

-What could be wrong, David?

1:19:411:19:44

It's a mystery. It's a mystery.

1:19:441:19:46

Close this.

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Give it to me.

1:19:491:19:51

I'll show you.

1:19:511:19:52

Hmm.

1:19:541:19:56

Here.

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Hmm.

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HE CHUCKLES

1:20:081:20:10

You see...

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how easy it is?

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Couldn't be...couldn't be easier.

1:20:151:20:17

That's right. Couldn't be easier.

1:20:171:20:19

David.

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Here.

1:20:241:20:26

Look at me.

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You are a lucky boy, David.

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That's true. True. That seems to be true.

1:20:401:20:42

People...people say that.

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-T-they think that I...

-David.

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Get to the point.

1:20:451:20:47

I'm a very lucky boy.

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HE BREATHES DEEPLY

1:20:531:20:54

No-one will love you like me.

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No-one...like me.

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You see?

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Do you realise what an opportunity you have here?

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Opportunity of a lifetime.

1:21:181:21:20

That's right, Daddy.

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Yes.

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When I was a boy...

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..I...I bought a violin.

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Beautiful violin.

1:21:311:21:34

I saved...

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..for this violin.

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Now, you know...what...

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what happened to it?

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You know what happened...to it?

1:21:451:21:48

No. What happened to it, Daddy?

1:21:511:21:53

No, I don't. What happened? I've got no idea.

1:21:531:21:56

The thing is, you've got to be fit to survive.

1:22:061:22:09

To stay alive. That's right, isn't it?

1:22:091:22:11

(Good night, Daddy.)

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Where are the kids?

1:22:511:22:53

Around somewhere amusing themselves.

1:22:531:22:55

I must warn you. I've got someone staying on weekends.

1:22:571:22:59

Not another Scorpio, is he?

1:22:591:23:01

Very funny, Gills. He's a child prodigy.

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-LOUD OPERATIC MUSIC PLAYS

-David!

1:23:041:23:07

Oh, thanks.

1:23:101:23:12

It's a madhouse.

1:23:121:23:14

David!

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MUSIC STOPS

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There.

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Is that the water running?

1:23:281:23:30

David!

1:23:301:23:32

David.

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David?

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Where in God's earth...?

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-Mum!

-Hey, Mum!

1:23:571:23:59

David's been on it for hours.

1:23:591:24:01

-He's so cool!

-Whoa!

1:24:011:24:03

-David!

-That you, Doctor?

1:24:031:24:06

There's no more hot water, Sylvia.

1:24:061:24:08

-Where does it go?

-David, come and meet someone.

1:24:081:24:11

There's no more hot water. It's all gone. All gone.

1:24:111:24:13

Where does it go? Who can say?

1:24:131:24:15

Where does hot water go?

1:24:151:24:17

-Gillian's a dear friend of mine.

-A friendly doctor.

1:24:171:24:20

-Pleased to meet you.

-She's not a doctor.

1:24:201:24:22

-Not a doctor.

-She's an astrologer.

1:24:221:24:24

A specialist! A heart surgeon.

1:24:241:24:25

An open heart surgeon!

1:24:251:24:27

-Don't be ridiculous.

-I'm ridiculous. I'm ridiculous.

1:24:271:24:29

-Gillian.

-Gillian! That's it.

1:24:291:24:31

-Gillian might do your chart.

-Would she, Sylvia?

1:24:311:24:33

-Will you, Gillian?

-Of course, David.

1:24:331:24:35

-What sort of chart?

-An astrological chart.

1:24:351:24:37

Oh, the stars! I love the stars. Astronomical.

1:24:371:24:39

-And the planets.

-Oh, the planets!

1:24:391:24:41

Of course. Mercury and Neptune and so forth.

1:24:411:24:44

Music of the spheres.

1:24:441:24:45

If music be the food of love... Gastronomical!

1:24:451:24:47

The food of love! It is, Gillian.

1:24:471:24:49

What's he like when he gets to know you better?

1:24:491:24:52

Ohh!

1:24:521:24:54

DAVID PLAYS SWEEPING, ELEGANT MUSIC

1:24:541:24:56

PEOPLE APPLAUD AND CHEER

1:25:391:25:41

So what does he do?

1:25:441:25:46

Oh, he's an investment adviser.

1:25:461:25:48

-That's how I met him.

-So far, so good.

1:25:481:25:51

-How serious is it?

-Oh...

1:25:511:25:52

Come on, Gills! On a scale of one to ten?

1:25:521:25:55

I'll take that as a ten.

1:25:571:25:59

-When's the happy day?

-Oh, you know me.

1:26:001:26:02

I hate to rush into things.

1:26:021:26:04

Lovely, gorgeous hair. Blondes have more fun, don't they?

1:26:141:26:17

Hey, my doctor.

1:26:191:26:21

Ooh-hoo-hoo.

1:26:241:26:26

Better go to my room.

1:26:261:26:27

-Oh! Good night, Lucy. Oh!

-You were sensational!

1:26:321:26:35

LAUGHTER AND CONVERSATION CONTINUE

1:26:431:26:45

Mind if I come in?

1:26:501:26:51

Oh, hello, Doctor. Entrez, entrez, entrez.

1:26:511:26:53

-I've got these. Ooh, sorry.

-It's not your fault.

1:26:531:26:56

It's amazing. It just seems to be getting bigger.

1:26:561:26:59

It's amazing what you find when you're not even looking.

1:26:591:27:02

-There he is.

-Who?

1:27:021:27:03

-Roger, Roger, Roger, Roger.

-Oh, Roger Woodward.

1:27:031:27:06

Oh, Roger, Roger. Yeah, he's a winner. He's a winner.

1:27:061:27:09

You've got one going already.

1:27:091:27:11

He's a hit, a big hit.

1:27:111:27:13

Oh, well, one's more than enough.

1:27:131:27:15

I really loved your playing.

1:27:151:27:17

-Did you, did you? It was all right?

-Mmm.

1:27:171:27:20

Do you write music as well?

1:27:201:27:22

No, one, two, three, that's the Rach' 3, Rach' 3.

1:27:221:27:25

-It started out being a letter.

-Yes, I think so.

1:27:251:27:28

"Dear Professor Cecil, Royal College..."

1:27:281:27:30

Royal College of Music. It's a mystery.

1:27:301:27:32

-What is?

-He only had one arm. A stroke.

1:27:321:27:35

-Poor thing!

-Stroke of bad luck. Poor pussycat.

1:27:351:27:38

Poor, poor pussycat. His paw damaged beyond repair.

1:27:381:27:40

He couldn't do anything with it.

1:27:401:27:42

Sad, sad pussycat. He was damaged.

1:27:421:27:45

It was just bad luck, really, wasn't it?

1:27:451:27:47

-I'm not damaging you, am I?

-Not at all.

1:27:471:27:50

-What's the matter, David?

-The matter, the matter.

1:27:511:27:54

It started out... It's a blank, a blank.

1:27:541:27:56

It's all such a long, long, long time ago.

1:27:561:27:59

That's the story. What can you do?

1:27:591:28:00

Inexplicably inexpressible. To express the inexplicable.

1:28:001:28:03

Why don't you tell me what you want to say?

1:28:031:28:05

What don't I want to say? That's a hard one.

1:28:051:28:08

It's not hard. "D-E-A-R", dear.

1:28:081:28:10

-That's it, that's it. "Dear".

-"Dear Cecil"?

1:28:101:28:12

-Dearie me.

-Cecil.

1:28:121:28:14

-Parkes. Cecil Parkes.

-"Dear Mr Parkes".

1:28:141:28:16

He touched the soul of Sergei Vassilievich himself

1:28:161:28:18

with the Rach' 3 in D minor.

1:28:181:28:20

It's a hard piece, piece for elephants - elephantine.

1:28:201:28:23

-"Dear Mr Parkes..."

-Such a long time ago.

1:28:231:28:25

"It's been such a long time and I..."

1:28:251:28:28

"..and I...I hope..." Hope, Gillian. How does that sound?

1:28:281:28:31

-Is that right?

-Sounds good to me.

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"..and I hope you remember me and the Rach' 3.

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"I'm feeling much better..." I'm feeling better, aren't I?

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"..and I've started playing again."

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VIRTUOSO PLAYING

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DRAMATIC FINAL CHORDS

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RAPTUROUS APPLAUSE

1:28:591:29:01

Well done, Roger!

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That was good.

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SEAGULLS SQUAWK

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-SYLVIA:

-Smile, David!

-Come on.

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-I am, Sylvia.

-At the camera. Here!

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-Oh.

-Hurray!

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-Hurray!

-Time to go.

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-What can you do?

-Look on the bright side.

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-Bright side.

-You'll see Gillian again one day.

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-Life goes on.

-Is that what it does?

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-Of course.

-She has to go.

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Little wrigglies to look after.

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No, my kids are grown up.

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-It's just me.

-Just me too.

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I never grew up. I grew down! Ha!

1:30:041:30:07

I'm a bit of a handful, aren't I?

1:30:071:30:09

-Sh. Sh.

-Softly, softly, softly.

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Softly.

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Will you marry me?

1:30:131:30:15

It wouldn't be very practical, David.

1:30:191:30:21

Not practical? No, of course not.

1:30:211:30:23

Neither am I. Neither am I. I'm not very practical.

1:30:231:30:26

-SYLVIA:

-You'll miss the plane!

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It's sweet of you, David. I don't know what to say.

1:30:281:30:32

The stars, Gillian, darling! Ask the stars.

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-MAN:

-'You'd better let her breathe, David!'

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GUESTS CHEER

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I won't kiss you. I won't kiss you.

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-GUESTS:

-Awwww.

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GUESTS SING ALONG TO "FUNICULI, FUNICULA"

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Sorry, darling. Did I damage you?

1:32:411:32:43

-SHE CHUCKLES

-Far from it.

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You made a noise. You went, "Ohhhhhh, David."

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SHE LAUGHS

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Oh, no. Poor Ravel.

1:33:071:33:09

Oh, poor Maurice, he's all unravelled.

1:33:091:33:11

-All that rehearsal, well...

-It's nearly time to get ready.

1:33:111:33:15

-Could I swim some more?

-All right. 10 minutes.

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Do some Liszt - not a concerto!

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Swim "La Campanella".

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That should do it.

1:33:211:33:23

I've gone wrong, darling, I've gone wrong.

1:33:271:33:29

-Keep trying.

-I'm trying. I'm very trying.

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Damn, page 37's missing.

1:33:311:33:33

Oh, that's the coda! It's the beginning of the end!

1:33:331:33:36

I'll soak my hands, soak my hands.

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David!

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Gotcha.

1:33:451:33:47

Your first concert in years and you wear odd shoes.

1:33:521:33:55

-I'm a sausage.

-You certainly are. Sit.

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-Sit up straight.

-We'll be in the car.

1:33:571:33:59

-Sit up straight, sit up straight.

-Relax!

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Must relax, must relax.

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Perfect.

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PLAYS "LA CAMPANELLA" BY LISZT

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FINAL CHORDS

1:34:151:34:17

ENTHUSIASTIC APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

1:34:201:34:22

Bravo!

1:34:301:34:33

Bravo!

1:34:531:34:55

Bravo!

1:34:581:35:00

-Hi, darling.

-I think they want an encore.

1:35:071:35:10

Do they, darling? They want some more?

1:35:101:35:12

-What are you going to do?

-Win!

1:35:121:35:14

Not now, darling.

1:35:141:35:16

I'll do some more, I'll do some more.

1:35:161:35:18

INAUDIBLE

1:36:001:36:02

-GILLIAN:

-What do you feel?

1:36:161:36:18

The thing is, I feel nothing.

1:36:181:36:20

Nothing at all?

1:36:201:36:21

Well, I'm shocked, stunned and completely amazed.

1:36:211:36:24

How does that sound?

1:36:241:36:25

Perhaps it's all my fault. Perhaps it's me, I don't know.

1:36:251:36:29

You can't keep blaming yourself for everything that's happened.

1:36:291:36:32

That's true, and you can't keep blaming Daddy

1:36:321:36:34

because he's not here any more.

1:36:341:36:36

-But you are.

-I'm here, it's true.

1:36:361:36:38

Life goes on, doesn't it? Is that right?

1:36:381:36:40

-Yes.

-It does? For ever and ever?

1:36:401:36:42

-No.

-No, never for ever. Not quite.

1:36:421:36:44

I mean, life isn't all lamb loin chops, but it goes on

1:36:441:36:48

and you just have to keep going too.

1:36:481:36:50

-You can't give up.

-Certainly not...

1:36:501:36:52

Every time blooming Saturn comes along and gives us a jolt.

1:36:521:36:56

-Ooh, it's the stars.

-Everything has its season.

1:36:561:36:58

-It's a mystery.

-There's always a reason.

1:36:581:37:00

We just need to seize the reason for the season! Ha!

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Award-winning drama based on a true story. Living in fifties Australia, the young David Helfgott excels at piano playing but is forbidden by his father to accept a scholarship to study further. In spite of his father's misgivings he travels to England where his genius is recognised, but then suffers a setback that will change his life forever.