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A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  3 February 1982 (USA)
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An elderly widow must find meaning and activity in her life when her son suggests she is no longer capable of handling her own affairs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esther McDonald Cimino
Penny Fuller ...
Mrs. Polanski
Philip Ryan
George Cimino
Graham Jarvis ...
Karen Cimino
Barney Fellman
Paul Roebling ...
Roger Desmond
LeRoy Schulz ...
Harold Cimino
Walter Marsh ...
Dr. Mitchell
Nurse Graham
Fran Gebhard ...
Gloria Cimino
Alice Cimino
Social Service Dir.
Antony Holland ...
Judge Schultz


Esther Cimino, a music teacher who has reached retirement age, finds that her mental faculties are slipping somewhat. The film is a trenchant, realistic study of the ravages and displacements, socially, physically, and mentally, that are visited upon a once-proud, sensitive, and still highly intelligent woman who is declared mentally incompetent by her children. She is subjected to a hearing, where her blurred responses prompt the judge to put her in a nursing home, and she begins to deteriorate. However, her granddaughter who loves her rouses her back to life and helps her learn how to live again. Written by alfiehitchie

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Very cleverly done, depicting what many oldsters may eventually have to face. The picture is complete with a nice ending.
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I saw this many years ago. It becomes more & more meaningful as I see these experiences in real life. It should be repeated on the air for younger viewers to become more aware of what the future may hold for them -so they can attempt to prevent what may otherwise be the inevitable. I have often thought that Bette should have ended her career with this film. After that she was 'too old looking' to go on doing interviews & films. We do not need to remember people as they become too old & wrinkly. She was a beautiful star & an excellent actress. As a child, I remember thinking she was a 'bad person'. Even so, I was always anxious to see her movies & eventually realized it was the characters she played that made the child in me think Bette was the bad person. She played her parts well.

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