The Piano Lesson

A family heirloom divides siblings (Charles Dutton, Alfre Woodard) in 1936 Pittsburgh.

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The Piano Lesson


Drama95 Mins1995PG

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.


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