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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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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:
The play "The Piano Lesson" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1990.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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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
There's a reason why this is made for TV, 24 October 2007
Author: johnmichael-2 from United States

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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