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A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)

An elderly widow must find meaning and activity in her life when her son suggests she is no longer capable of handling her own affairs.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

John Gay, Robert Oliphant (book)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Esther McDonald Cimino
Penny Fuller ... Mrs. Polanski
Christopher Guest ... Philip Ryan
George Hearn ... George Cimino
Graham Jarvis ... Leach
Alexa Kenin ... Karen Cimino
Keenan Wynn ... Barney Fellman
Paul Roebling Paul Roebling ... Roger Desmond
LeRoy Schulz LeRoy Schulz ... Harold Cimino
Walter Marsh ... Dr. Mitchell
Celeste Insell ... Nurse Graham
Fran Gebhard Fran Gebhard ... Gloria Cimino
Karen Austin ... Alice Cimino
Anna Hagan ... Social Service Dir.
Antony Holland Antony Holland ... Judge Schultz
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Storyline

Esther Cimino, a music teacher who has reached retirement age, finds that her mental faculties are slipping somewhat. The film is a trenchant, realistic study of the ravages and displacements, socially, physically, and mentally, that are visited upon a once-proud, sensitive, and still highly intelligent woman who is declared mentally incompetent by her children. She is subjected to a hearing, where her blurred responses prompt the judge to put her in a nursing home, and she begins to deteriorate. However, her granddaughter who loves her rouses her back to life and helps her learn how to live again. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Piano für Mrs. Cimino See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The teleplay by John Gay is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Oliphant. See more »

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An absolutely adorable Bete Davis at her best
7 January 2018 | by ekapeliusSee all my reviews

Grandma Esther defies the challenges of old age with dignity and her character is deliciously charming, sensible and intelligent. I always adored her. This grand film should, undoubtedly, have been made for the movies. Well told story, superbly depicts old people when they become a problem to the family. It reminded my own struggle to keep my Grandma with me and my parents insisting on my ruining my future by doing so.


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