• The Piano Lesson (2002)

The Piano Lesson

Release Date: March 1st, 2002

DVD Release Date: December 17th, 2002

PG |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Boy Willie (Charles Dutton), a sharecropper, travels to Pittsburgh in the 1930s hoping that his sister, Berniece Charles (Alfre Woodard), will let him have the piano that their enslaved uncle engraved in pre--Civil War Mississippi. Willie hopes to parlay proceeds from selling the instrument into ownership of the land his uncle once worked. But when Berniece has other ideas, it becomes clear that the piano represents very different things to the siblings.

Cast: Charles S. Dutton, Alfre Woodard, Carl Gordon, Tommy Hollis, Lou Myers, Courtney B. Vance, Zelda Harris, Rosalyn Coleman

Director: Lloyd Richards

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Sister, Sacrifice, 1930s, Family, Moving, Love

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