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The Piano (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  11 February 1994 (USA)
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A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kerry Walker ...
Aunt Morag
Geneviève Lemon ...
Nessie (as Genevieve Lemon)
Tungia Baker ...
Hira
Ian Mune ...
Reverend
Peter Dennett ...
Head Seaman
Te Whatanui Skipwith ...
Chief Nihe
Pete Smith ...
Hone
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Blind Piano Tuner
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Mana
Carla Rupuha ...
Heni - Mission Girl
Mahina Tunui ...
Mere - Mission Girl
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It is the mid-nineteenth century. Ada is a mute who has a young daughter, Flora. In an arranged marriage she leaves her native Scotland accompanied by her daughter and her beloved piano. Life in the rugged forests of New Zealand's North Island is not all she may have imagined and nor is her relationship with her new husband Stewart. She suffers torment and loss when Stewart sells her piano to a neighbour, George. Ada learns from George that she may earn back her piano by giving him piano lessons, but only with certain other conditions attached. At first Ada despises George but slowly their relationship is transformed and this propels them into a dire situation. Written by Patrick Dominick <ptd@ccadfa.cc.adfa.oz.au>

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for moments of extremely graphic sexuality | See all certifications »

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11 February 1994 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,301,338 (UK) (10 December 1993)

Gross:

£3,512,343 (UK) (4 February 1994)
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Before deciding on Holly Hunter, Jane Campion met with several actresses in England, France and the US for the role of Ada. Among the actresses she considered were Sigourney Weaver, Anjelica Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche and Madeleine Stowe. See more »

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Ada writes a note to George on a piano key, but earlier George had told her that he can't read. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ada: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice - -but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why - -not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him - and hark this! He says, "God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?" '...
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The worst...
15 November 2001 | by (london, england) – See all my reviews

I'm not a blockbuster kind of viewer, I spend a fair amount of time in art cinemas watching stuff that your average Hollywood lover would find unfathomable. Having said that, I've just got to say that this was one of the worst films I've ever seen. A waste of 3 fine actors (Hunter, keitel, Neill), a waste of some beautiful locations, and an object lesson in how not to end a film. The child actress was quite obviously out of her depth (an Oscar? Why?), the Nyman theme was done to death, and the story sagged and bagged and fell apart from start to finish. The Sign Language (which I speak fluently) was all over the place (before you say "yeah but this was 100 years ago", I've studied the history of Sign language too and belive me, it was a mess). I've never been so disappointed in my life!


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