The Piano Lesson (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Piano Lesson (1995)





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Alfre Woodard and Charles S. Dutton star as sister and brother in this made-for-television Hallmark Hall of Fame production about an African-American family's struggle to retain their heritage. The drama tells the story of an impoverished black family whose history is told in the carvings on the family piano. Boy Willie (Dutton) wants to sell the piano and use the money to buy farmland, but sister Berniece (Woodard) won't part with it. The film chronicles their struggle to come to terms with their family's past, and its future. The critically acclaimed film was based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play and was nominated for numerous Emmy awards.


Alfre Woodard
as Berneice
Lou Myers
as Wining Boy
Zelda Harris
as Maretha
Lynne Innerst
as Miss Ophelia
Harold Surratt
as Papa Willie Boy
Elva Branson
as Mama Berniece
Ben Tatar
as Watermelon Man
Alice Eisner
as Watermelon Lady
Bob Tracey
as Nolander
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Critic Reviews for The Piano Lesson

All Critics (4)

There is an element of magical realism to this story, not unlike Toni Morrison's Beloved, and that comes across well.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 70/100 | Full Review…

Passionate screen adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two siblings forced to clarify their values about tradition, money and desire.

August 30, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Piano Lesson


It was weird... but still a pretty solid movie. I enjoyed when they sang. It was poetic.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

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