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The Piano Lesson (1995)

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. This is a glimpse of the conditions for ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Richards

Writers:

August Wilson (play), August Wilson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles S. Dutton ... Boy Willie (as Charles Dutton)
Alfre Woodard ... Berniece Charles
Carl Gordon ... Doaker
Tommy Hollis Tommy Hollis ... Avery
Lou Myers ... Wining Boy
Courtney B. Vance ... Lymon
Zelda Harris ... Maretha
Rosalyn Coleman ... Grace
Tommy Lafitte Tommy Lafitte ... Ace
Lynne Innerst Lynne Innerst ... Miss Ophelia
Harold Surratt Harold Surratt ... Papa Willie Boy
Elva Branson Elva Branson ... Mama Berniece
Tim Hartman Tim Hartman ... Sutter
Ben Tatar Ben Tatar ... Watermelon Man
Alice Eisner Alice Eisner ... Watermelon Lady (as Alice Gerber Eisner)
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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. This is a glimpse of the conditions for African-Americans as well as some of the attitudes and influences on their lives. But whether he is able to sell the piano so that he can get enough money to buy some property and "no longer have to work for someone else" involves the story (or lesson) that the piano has to show him. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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To their family, it meant more than a piano... it was their legacy and their future.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (#44.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

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 »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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A family's past or its future - which is more important?
23 October 2006 | by pangurban-1See all my reviews

This play is not as simple as it first appears. There is great complexity in all of the major characters, especially in Bernice. And the use of the 'jazz set' model instead of the traditional Aristotelian'plot graph' makes all the difference! The language of the play is music itself, and eventually erupts into song. This is a wonderful debate on the importance of the past and the future in the lives of these characters, symbolized by the piano which has been passed down through the family. A cast full of excellent actors brings it to life. Loved it! I hope 'The Piano Lesson' and the other plays in Wilson's ten-play cycle will soon be available on film.


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