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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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Boy Willie (as Charles Dutton)
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Carl Gordon ...
Doaker
Tommy Hollis ...
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
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Papa Willie Boy
Elva Branson ...
Mama Berniece
Tim Hartman ...
Sutter
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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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5 February 1995 (USA)  »

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

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The play "The Piano Lesson" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1990. 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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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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A movie you will either like or hate
11 July 2000 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

I must confess I always have difficulty with some of the made for TV movies that I get to watch on my pay tv channels here in Australia.

The Piano lesson is once such movie.

The story line seems to have no real purpose other than a sibling squabble over a family piano. And I am not sure as to what the "supernatural" element to the movie is supposed to do in relation to enhancing the story. Without the absurdity of this, it may have passed as an acceptable "Afro american" period movie.

I am not a big Charles Dutton fan and I feel there is an element of overacting at times with his character who I dislike more and more as the movie goes on.

For me a 4/10 and that was being kind


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