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Director:
Writers (WGA):
August Wilson (play)
August Wilson (teleplay)
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Release Date:
5 February 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
To their family, it meant more than a piano... it was their legacy and their future.
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Charles S. Dutton ... Boy Willie (as Charles Dutton)

Alfre Woodard ... Berniece Charles
Carl Gordon ... Doaker
Tommy Hollis ... Avery

Lou Myers ... Wining Boy

Courtney B. Vance ... Lymon

Zelda Harris ... Maretha

Rosalyn Coleman ... 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)
Bob Tracey ... Nolander
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Electrician Helper (uncredited)
Jackson Nunn ... Horse Trainer-Owner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lloyd Richards 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
August Wilson (play)

August Wilson (teleplay)

Produced by
Craig Anderson .... executive producer
Robert Huddleston .... line producer
Brent Shields .... co-producer
Robert Bennett Steinhauer .... co-producer
Richard Welsh .... executive producer
August Wilson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dwight Douglas Andrews 
Stephen James Taylor 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Elliott 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Oliver 
 
Casting by
Olivia Harris 
Phyllis Huffman 
Canice Kennedy 
 
Production Design by
James William Newport 
 
Art Direction by
Tim Saternow 
 
Set Decoration by
Diana Stoughton 
 
Costume Design by
Vicki Sánchez 
 
Makeup Department
Sterfon Demings .... hair stylist: Alfre Woodard
Ellie Winslow .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Bennett Steinhauer .... unit production manager
Karen Mayeda Vranek .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Norman Beck .... carpenter
Robert Buncher .... carpenter
Darien N. D'Alfonso .... scenic painter
Ellie H. Ferrari .... set dresser
Smith Harper Hutchings .... on-set dresser
Smith Harper Hutchings .... set dresser
Eva Kamienska-Carter .... set designer
Kenneth J. Kellers .... lead man
Buster Pile .... construction coordinator
Eugene Pope .... carpenter
Gregory Puchalski .... scenic artist
Paul Bucciarelli .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Skip Adams .... sound editor
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer
Jessy Bender .... boom operator
Sam Black .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Bruce .... sound effects editor
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Fluhr)
Stephen Grubbs .... supervising sound editor
Michael C. Moore .... sound mixer
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Klint Macro .... voiceover recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bender .... grip
Pat Dames .... grip
Bob Greene .... still photographer
George T. Kalinski .... grip
Ed Letteri .... gaffer
Chris Lugar .... electrician
Frank McGough .... best boy electric
John S. Moyer .... Steadicam day player
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Mary Beth Boyle .... extras casting agent
Nancy Mosser .... extras casting director
 
Editorial Department
Chad Mochrie .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Dwight Douglas Andrews .... original music supervisor
Liz Lachman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Katie Scott .... transportation
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Ray Cervenak .... security captain
Elloise Dover .... assistant: Mr. Dutton
Diana Osberg .... set production assistant
Matthew Sirianni .... production assistant
Gene Starzenski .... set paramedic
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (#44.2)" - USA (anthology series)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements
Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Charles S. Dutton was nominated for the 1990 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The Piano Lesson" for the role of Boy Willie and recreated it in this production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Edited into "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951)See more »

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0 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A movie you will either like or hate, 11 July 2000
Author: Mike (sutcal) from Melbourne Australia

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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