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Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 November 2003 (USA)
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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... April Burns
... Bobby
... Jim Burns
... Beth Burns
... Timmy Burns
... Joy Burns
... Grandma Dottie
... Half Asleep Man
... Evette
... Eugene
... Man in Mohair Sweater
Susan Bruce ... Tish
Jamari Richardson ... Boy on Bicycle
Leila Danette ... Woman in Stairwell
Stephen Chen ... Lee Loung Tan


In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby, are preparing to receive April's family for thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for himself, April realizes that her stove is broken. She tries desperately to find a neighbor that can let her cook the turkey, since she does not want to fail (again) with her family. Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pennsylvania, her dysfunctional family is preparing to travel to New York. While driving, the relationship between the Burns and their black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim, her resented mother Joy, her brother, her sister and her grandmother. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


She's the one in every family.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]




Release Date:

28 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pieces of April - Ein Tag mit April Burns  »

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Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,422, 19 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the film is dedicated to Peter Hedges' mother, who died of cancer, the only true aspect he incorporated is the line where Joy talks about the fictional singer "Smack Daddy". The line is almost word for word what Peter's mother told him while in the hospital, the only exception being that she was talking about Barry White. See more »


When Bobby goes out, April is shown with a bandage on her finger long before she actually cuts it. See more »


Bobby: You didn't even know my mother and I pity you for that.
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Crazy Credits

Properties and furniture courtesy of Jack Marcus Brodsky & Family. See more »


Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »


Baby Won't You Tell Me
Written by Steve Fawcett
Performed by Studio Musicians
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
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First cooking attempt out of love
7 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

OMG, as a retired person I can switch the TV on whenever I like and do so often at noon, but today I was not prepared for this! I just planted myself at the breakfast bar on a bar stool and proceed to something some call lunch and clicked on the TV. "Pieces of April", what kind of title is this, another tele movie to entertain my lunch for a few minutes? - weeeell, so much more than that, at times "lunch" had problem to find its way down as there was a big lump in my throat and my watery eyes glued on the TV set wondering what would happen next, and would it be good. I could not believe this wonderful work had passed me without saying hello in one form or other. I can't understand the detachment from TV channels, they'll beat you ears to no end with some insignificant trash, but won't say a word about this kind of art work. On the other end I'm glad they did not as it was such a joy to see this without any expectations. You can't help but being involved in the plot. You become part of this young woman's struggle to achieve a goal against all odds. And will she succeed? This question remains in her mind and yours till the very end, you can't guess, you can only hope in despair with her. As for the guests to her effort, a Thanks Giving dinner, You may understand them but you may also wonder about them. I hope you will see this film, just like me, with no idea at all about what it is. but it would be an even greater disaster if you did not see it at all.

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