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The Piano Lesson (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Music  -  5 February 1995 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Boy Willie (as Charles Dutton)
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Doaker
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Avery
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Wining Boy
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Lymon
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Maretha
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Grace
Tommy Lafitte ...
Ace
Lynne Innerst ...
Miss Ophelia
Harold Surratt ...
Papa Willie Boy
Elva Branson ...
Mama Berniece
Tim Hartman ...
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Watermelon Man
Alice Eisner ...
Watermelon Lady (as Alice Gerber Eisner)
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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.

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (#44.2)  »

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The original Braodway production of "The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson opened at the Walter Kerr Theater on April 16, 1990, ran for 328 performances and was nominated for the 1990 Tony Award for the Best Play. Charles S. Dutton, Carl Gordon, Tommy Hollis and Lou Myers recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. See more »

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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 »

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There's a reason why this is made for TV
24 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a TV film based off a play. It should have stayed a play, because it just plain isn't good enough to be a movie. It's a very hokey sort of piece, mostly because of the bad acting and the weak ending.

Hmmm, what else can I say about this film in order to fill up the required minimum? I don't really know. It's a mundane sort of thing that your teacher makes you watch in theater class because (s)he can't show the really good stuff (or because (s)he has really tame tastes in what is considered engaging drama).

I'll admit, this movie is socially significant, and August Wilson did a fine job with the original storyline. But this made-for-TV thing is just verbatim crap.

Final grade: 4/10


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