Uh, so do you.
How much are you prepared to give to your music, David?
David! Everything! Everything!
But, uh, I do like tennis and, uh, chemistry, too.
And do you play tennis as well as you play Mozart?
Uh, l--I just play up against the wall at home.
I, uh, I bounce the ball against the wall mainly.
How would you like to go to a special school in the States... where music bounces off the walls?
You know, uh, land of the free, home of the brave--
Ladies and gentlemen,
what an honor for our young state champion:
an invitation to study in America.
And now, all the way from America...
Thank you. Thank you.
Not from America.
But he's going to America,
and when he comes back,
he'll be coming from there, won't you, David?
Oh, I suppose so. Margaret.
No. I have no money to send David to America.
Well, uh... We'll raise it.
David hasn't yet had his bar mitzvah.
Religion is nonsense.
It's also a gold mine if you know where to dig.
And then one day, I-I'll play with an orchestra.
Wow! Can I come when you do?
You can ride in my Cadillac.
Where are you going to live in America?
With a nice Jewish family, they said.
This is not a nice family?
Yes, Daddy. It's...very nice.
You're very lucky to have a family, David.
I've got to go.
It's one of the finest music schools in the world.
It is for his father to decide.
He would be well looked after, I assure you.
David could be one of the truly great pianists.
He is just a boy, Mr. Rosen.
He still wets his bed.
You see how fit I am? How strong?
Show me where the lion scratched you...
when you worked in the circus, Daddy.
Up, up, up, up, up.
Yeah. That's what happens...
when you get too close to the bars, eh?
David? David, come.
Come. Hit me.
OK. Hit me. Yeah, yeah, yeah. As hard as you can.
Me! I want to hit you, Daddy!
You, too. As hard as you can.
You see? A man of steel!
No one can hurt me.
Because in this world, only the fit survive.
The weak get crushed like insects.
Like grasshoppers, Daddy.
Believe me, if you want to survive in America,
you have to be fit... and strong.
Like you, Daddy.
Yeah. Like me. Yes.
See you next week, David.
Don't forget to study.
Thank you, Rabbi.
Mr. Helfgott, it is exciting, isn't it?
David, the lord mayor is dying to meet you.
Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please?
I would like to thank our wonderful lord mayor...
for establishing this fund to send David to America.
And now to play for us, our very own David Helfgott.
These people are a disgrace.
They think they are so important.
What do they know with their furs and their diamonds?
It makes me sick... to the stomach.
And Rosen. What kind of man is he?
He is not married. He has no children.
Don't talk to me about Rosen.
He only wants for David... the same as you have always wanted.
Don't ever compare me to him.
What has he suffered? Not a day in his life.
What does he know?
Does he know about families?
About...how your sisters died? And my mother and father?
Thank you! Thank you, David!
Thank you, Comrade Helfgott.
Your son is a credit to you.
On behalf of the Soviet Friendship Society, we applaud you.
How do you do? Meet Katharine Prichard.
You play beautifully.
My name's Sonia.
I know who you are.
You've got the most wonderful hands.
So do you.
So, um, are you-- You're going to America?
That's right. Yeah.
Maybe one day you'll-- you'll go to Russia, too.
There's someone important who wants to meet you.
I'd better go.
I've never met anyone... who plays the piano as beautifully as you, David.
I've never met a writer before, Mrs. Prichard.
You must be very proud of him.
As proud as a father can be.
I have a long-suffering old piano at home.
Perhaps you'll come and play it for me one day.
Yes. Anything to help.
I'd like that very much.
Your attention, comrades. I wish to propose a toast.
That's my cue. Excuse me.
To our founder and very special guest this evening, Katharine Susannah Prichard.
You will learn much from this old woman.
She has been to Soviet Union.
"We have been informed of your exceptional talent
"and can only say how privileged we feel "to have you come and stay with us.