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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.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Esther McDonald Cimino
... Mrs. Polanski
... Philip Ryan
... George Cimino
... Leach
... Karen Cimino
... Barney Fellman
Paul Roebling ... Roger Desmond
LeRoy Schulz ... Harold Cimino
... Dr. Mitchell
... Nurse Graham
Fran Gebhard ... Gloria Cimino
... Alice Cimino
... Social Service Dir.
Antony Holland ... Judge Schultz
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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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3 February 1982 (USA)  »

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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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A charming look on the light and dark sides of old age.
1 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

In a very sympathetic and sensitive manner this fine little TV-movie portrays the difficulties of old age - and the problems that arise when the younger generation has to make a decision: what shall we do when our grandparents can't manage their lives any more. Bette Davis is very touching as she struggles for her self-responsibility. The film has many aspects, even love between older people, which gives it an additional touch of romance. Though the pacing is at times somewhat slow, this is not a flaw. It contributes to the overall atmosphere - the light and dark sides of old age.

7 out of 10


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