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The Piano Lesson (1995)

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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Berniece Charles
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
Harold Surratt ...
Papa Willie Boy
Elva Branson ...
Mama Berniece
Tim Hartman ...
Sutter
Ben Tatar ...
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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Drama | Music

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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rocky Carroll was nominated for the 1990 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The Piano Lesson" for his portrayal of the character Lymon. 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 »

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

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August Wilson at his Best
20 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Anyone who doesn't "understand" this movie probably doesn't understand African Americans. It's a beautiful, poignant piece about a family and an heirloom piano. I don't like everything August Wilson has done but this one is a gem. The interaction between the characters is top notch. Alfre Woodward is in her element. For those who don't care for Charles Dutton, I know what they mean, but that's the way he acts -- in everything. It's much more effective on the stage than on the screen. As another reviewer has suggested, I also identify with every character. I have uncles just like these men. It's nice to see a movie that really touches you where you live and come from.


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