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The Piano Lesson (1995)

An African-American family struggles to retain their heritage, in the form of a history told in the carvings on the family piano. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano and use the money to buy farmland, but sister Berniece won't part with it.

Director:

Lloyd Richards

Writers:

August Wilson (play), August Wilson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles S. Dutton ... Boy Willie (as Charles Dutton)
Alfre Woodard ... Berniece Charles
Carl Gordon ... Doaker
Tommy Hollis Tommy Hollis ... Avery
Lou Myers ... Wining Boy
Courtney B. Vance ... Lymon
Zelda Harris ... Maretha
Rosalyn Coleman ... Grace
Tommy Lafitte Tommy Lafitte ... Ace
Lynne Innerst Lynne Innerst ... Miss Ophelia
Harold Surratt Harold Surratt ... Papa Willie Boy
Elva Branson Elva Branson ... Mama Berniece
Tim Hartman Tim Hartman ... Sutter
Ben Tatar Ben Tatar ... Watermelon Man
Alice Eisner Alice Eisner ... Watermelon Lady (as Alice Gerber Eisner)
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Storyline

1930's Pittsburgh, a brother comes home to claim "my half of the piano", a family heirloom; but his sister is not wanting to part with it. This is a glimpse of the conditions for African-Americans as well as some of the attitudes and influences on their lives. But whether he is able to sell the piano so that he can get enough money to buy some property and "no longer have to work for someone else" involves the story (or lesson) that the piano has to show him. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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To their family, it meant more than a piano... it was their legacy and their future.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (#44.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The play "The Piano Lesson" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1990. See more »

Goofs

When Doaker, Wining Boy, Boy Willie and Lymon are sitting at the kitchen table drinking and singing, the level of alcohol rises in their glasses and the bottles between shots. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Strange Movie
27 September 2000 | by Wolf-121See all my reviews

This movie is a weird mix of a ghost story and a drama. The story is in the beginning vague and when you continue watching it, it becomes clearer and clearer, but it does not suck you into the story and make you want to see how it ends, maybe because the director made it more dramatic then scary.

I do not remember any background music in the movie, which makes it more special. The music is coming from the actors themselves, which was amazing to me and I must say to the actors: well done!


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