The Piano Lesson Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for The Piano Lesson the Movie

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The prized heirloom of the Charles family is an 80-year-old, ornately carved upright piano, jealously guarded by widowed Berniece (Woodard), and housed in the Pittsburgh home of Uncle Doaker (Gordon). When Berniece's brother Willie Boy (Dutton) visits from Mississippi, it's to persuade her to sell the piano in order to buy some land that their grandfather had worked as a slave. But the past, carved into the piano's panels, has a strong hold--one that Berniece refuses to give up. Set in 1936. Adaptation by Wilson of his 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.


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Available on VHS
Running time 99 minutes.

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Adapted from a Play, Hallmark Hall of Fame, African America, Great Depression, Family Drama, Pittsburgh
August Wilson
Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, Courtney B. Vance, Carl Gordon, Tommy Hollis, Zelda Harris, Lou Myers, Rosalyn Coleman, Tommy La Fitte
Lloyd Richards
Stephen James Taylor, Dwight Andrews
August Wilson, Craig Anderson, Richard Welsh, Inc. Signboard Hill Productions, Hallmark Entertainment

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