You know, when l-- when I was a boy your age,
I bought a violin, a beautiful violin.
And I saved for this violin.
And you know what happened to it?
Yes... he smashed it.
Yeah... he smashed it.
David, you're a very lucky boy.
My father never let me have music.
A very lucky boy.
I'm a very lucky boy.
Now shall I play for you?
No. Pick up those pieces.
Bet I could have won.
You'd have been too scared.
Listen. Have a listen.
I told you, tell your friends not to come.
Daddy, there's somebody to see you!
I hope I'm not interrupting.
Uh, Ben Rosen. I was one of the judges.
You left before all the prizes were announced.
You were very good this afternoon, David.
He can play better.
Well, maybe he was a little too good.
Some people don't like that.
We, uh, we gave him a special prize for his courage.
Difficult piece you chose, David.
Daddy chose it.
Well, even great pianists think twice... before tackling the Polonaise.
A prize for losing.
I wouldn't call him a loser.
they all play.
Well, I'm quite sure... David could win lots of competitions...
with the right tuition.
I teach him.
Yeah. You've obviously done very well.
Yeah. No one taught me.
No music teachers, Mr. Rosen.
No, of course. It's just, uh...
it's just a few bad habits...
can sometimes mean the difference between winning... or losing.
Well, perhaps you'd, uh, you'd like to think about it, hmm?
Yeah. You taught yourself?
From the record.
It's...it's very difficult. It's very difficult.
It's... it's the hardest piece in the world, you know?
Will you teach me?
one day you will play it.
You will make me very proud...
very proud, won't you, David?
And, uh... next time... What are we going to do?
We're going to win?
We're going to win, yes.
So... good night.
Good night, Daddy.
Come. Come, come, come.
Don't touch. Don't touch.
Mr. Rosen, I have decided I would like... you teach David...
Rachmaninoff? Don't be ridiculous.
But he can play it already.
He's just a boy.
How can he express that sort of passion?
You are a passionate man, Mr. Rosen.
You will teach him, no?
I will teach him what I think is best.
Rachmaninoff is best.
You're his teacher. I'll let you decide.
We'll start with Mozart.
I can't afford to pay.
Come on, David. Sylvia's getting wet.
Oh, sorry, Sylvia. Sorry. Bye-bye, Tony. Bye.
See you later.
It's raining cats and dogs!
Dogs and pussycats!
You'll be all right, then, David?
I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine, thank you.
This is it. Home sweet home.
Oh, you can play.
Oh, kind of, kind of, kind of play.
Kind, sweet Sylvia. Chopin, Sylvia. Chopinzee! The pole. Polski.
Like Daddy a-and his family...
before they were concentrated.
How long have you been here, David?
Oh, golly, I don't know. A few years, I think. Eons, I suppose. How does that sound?
And Schubert. Schubert.
Nothing wrong with Schubert, of course--except syphilis.
Was it syphilis? I think it was.
And then he got typhoid on top of that, so that was the end of him.
We lost him. That was a bit careless of us, wasn't it? We lost him...
So, you're back?
Oh, Jim, Jim, Jim, I've been a naughty boy. Was I a naughty boy?
I was about to send out a search party.
Oh, a party, a party. I won't be invited again...
He came into my restaurant and seemed a bit lost.
Oh, he's very good at that.
Thanks for bringing him home.
We'll have a party... Bye, David.
It's time for a wine. A very fine time. A Mardi Gras. A nice long cigar.
The winner and our youngest ever state champion... David Helfgott!
Mr. Rosen... We won! We won!
Thanks to Mozart, hmm?
And now he can play Rachmaninoff.
And now to present David with the prize money,
our very special guest from America, ladies and gentlemen,
currently on tour in Australia...
Mr. lsaac Stern.
You have a very special talent, David.
Oh, th-thank you, thank you, Mr. Stern.