MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 14,470 this week

The Piano Man's Daughter (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  22 September 2003 (Canada)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 54 users  
Reviews: 3 user

The story follows the life of cavalier heart-breaker Charlie Kilworth, a charismatic musician who leads a promiscuous life playing piano for a swing band in the 1930s.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 803 titles
created 10 months ago
 
list image
a list of 88 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Piano Man's Daughter (TV Movie 2003)

The Piano Man's Daughter (TV Movie 2003) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Piano Man's Daughter.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sparkle (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sam is a charming, young chancer who moves to London. His best laid plans for success suffer a real setback when true love turns his world upside down in the most unexpected of circumstances.

Directors: Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter
Stars: Stockard Channing, Shaun Evans, Anthony Head
The Truth About Jane (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A high-school girl's first sexual experience is with another girl, and, along with her first broken heart, she must deal with her mother's reaction to her revelation that she is a lesbian and with ostracism at school.

Director: Lee Rose
Stars: Stockard Channing, Ellen Muth, Kelly Rowan
A Girl Thing (TV Movie 2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Girl Thing is a mini-series that revolves around a New York city street, a coffee house and a shrinks office. Dr. Beth Noonan is the therapist to one star per hour. Hour one deals with a ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Rose
Stars: Kate Capshaw, Stockard Channing, Rebecca De Mornay
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two businesswomen bond and reveal their inner natures while getting carried away on a revenge attack against an accused rapist.

Director: Patrick Stettner
Stars: Stockard Channing, Julia Stiles, Frederick Weller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him ... See full summary »

Director: Brooks Branch
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Mira Sorvino, Dana Delany
Red Mercury (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Three young Muslim men, part of a terror cell, are making a bomb in a London flat, when they get a call to vacate immediately with their gear. The police have been alerted and they are ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Battersby
Stars: David Bradley, Stockard Channing, Pete Postlethwaite
Drama | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters

Director: Gavin Millar
Stars: Stockard Channing, Azura Skye, Trudie Styler
3 Needles (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor (Ashmore) schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun (Sevigny) makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village; in rural China, a black market operative (Liu) posing as a goverment-sanctioned blood drawer jeopardizes an entire village's safety.

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Lucy Liu, Shawn Ashmore
An Unexpected Life (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Stockard Channing, Stephen Collins, Christine Ebersole
Sundays at Tiffany's (TV Movie 2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Michael is a 'guardian angel' who appears when children need an invisible ('imaginary') friend until the birthday after his help worked. His charge from ages 5 to 10, would be-author Jane ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Piznarski
Stars: Alyssa Milano, Eric Winter, Kristin Booth
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.

Director: Jon Avnet
Stars: Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing
Le divorce (2003)
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Stockard Channing
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ede Kilworth
...
Charlie Kilworth
...
Young Lily Kilworth
...
Frederick Wyatt
...
Alexandra Lamont
Deborah Pollitt ...
Eleanor Ormond
Dixie Seatle ...
Eleanor Hess
Chris Wiggins ...
James Kilworth
Susan Coyne ...
Ada Harrison
Joel Keller ...
Neddy Harrison (as Joel S. Keller)
David Hemblen ...
Nuala Fitzgerald ...
Eliza Kilworth
Isabella Fink ...
Lilly Kilworth (5-8 yrs.)
...
Lilly Kilworth (12-14 yrs.)
Jeffrey Peel ...
Charlie (8 yrs.)
Edit

Storyline

The story follows the life of cavalier heart-breaker Charlie Kilworth, a charismatic musician who leads a promiscuous life playing piano for a swing band in the 1930s.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 2003 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

A szívtipró zenész  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Wizard of Oz (1925) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Piano Man's Disaster
1 December 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

While there is no single glaring flaw of this film, it is the culmination of dozens of small flaws that is its undoing. Its biggest flaw is its Hallmark Channel movie-of-the-week appearance. Everything is squeaky clean and brightly lit. No dramatic shadows or gritty atmospheres here, nothing to break up the visual monotony for the next 155 minutes. And, as with such productions, there's melodramatic music constantly playing in every scene, over every dialogue, telegraphing how we're supposed to feel.

Second flaw: I haven't read the novel, but I can tell you this film feels like it's trying to pack too many plot elements into a tight bundle. Even at a whopping 2 hrs 35 minutes, it feels rushed, spanning 4 generations and at least a dozen major characters, all told in flashbacks of varying chronology. If you do the math, that's about 15 mins per character before moving on to the next. But actually the film is dominated by Lilly and her son Charles, thereby squeezing all the others down to maybe 8 mins each. Basically this film feels like the Reader's Digest condensed version of a story.

The next problem I had with this film is the music. You would think a film entitled "The Piano Man's Daughter" would have some compelling piano music in it. Instead there is just 1 simple melody consisting of exactly 15 notes, played over and over. And over. In fact it was played so many times in 180 minutes that I learned the notes by heart, and I'm not even a musician: D, F, Bb, A, G, F, D. (next phrase) D, F, C, Bb, C, D, F, D. Now repeat every 3 minutes for 2 1/2 hours.

Once in a while the melodramatic music would shut up long enough to let an actor say a few lines. But just as the moment is sinking in... yow! ...here come those 15 stupid notes again. I bet you could make a fun drinking game out of this movie. Every time those notes play, bottoms up. You & your friends will be hammered by the 2nd act.

Did I mention how the film is told in flashback? Absolutely nothing wrong with that. Heck, "Citizen Kane" was done like that. But the problem is that there's no consistent narrator. At first the narrator is Edie (Charles' grandmother) talking to Charles. Then it's Lilly (Charles' mother) talking to Charles. But then suddenly the narrator is Charles! Charles talking to Charles? Sure, why not. If you've been playing the drinking game you'll be too sloshed to notice by then.

Another problem: although the film spans 4 generations ending in 1930 presumably, everything looks like the same 1915 set, cars look the same, costumes the same, mannerisms the same. It made it very hard to follow the period changes. Also it doesn't help that there are frequent flashbacks-within-flashbacks. Is that even possible? Or does that violate the space-time continuum?

Despite all my gripes (and that skull-drilling music) I watched all 155 minutes hoping there would be a satisfying conclusion that brings everything together magically & poetically. Instead it just sorta came to a stop. The only satisfaction I got was the fact that those stupid 15 notes stopped with it.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Piano Man's Daughter (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?