• The Piano (1994)

The Piano

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 1998

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter) and her young daughter, Flora (Anna Paquin), are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill). Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines (Harvey Keitel), leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.

Cast: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Kerry Walker, Geneviève Lemon

Director: Jane Campion

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Australian Film Commission

Distributors: Miramax Films, Cinemussy

Keywords: Love, Tense, Daughter, Passionate, Rivalry, Emotional, Forbidden love, Husband, Mother, Love triangle

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    In Jan Campion's The Piano, the emotions are deep, fierce, primordial. Sexuality overwhelms the film's characters like ocean waves blasting against a cliffside. [19 Nov 1993]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling. show more

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Directing
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Best Foreign Film
Guldbagge Award (1993)
Nominated Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)