The Piano Lesson (1995)
1930's Pittsburgh, a brother comes home to claim "my half of the piano", a family heirloom; but his sister is not wanting to part with it. This is a glimpse of the conditions for African-Americans as well as some of the attitudes and influences on their lives. But whether he is able to sell the piano so that he can get enough money to buy some property and "no longer have to work for someone else" involves the story (or lesson) that the piano has to show him.
- Charles S. Dutton As Boy Willie
- Alfre Woodard As Berniece Charles
- Carl Gordon As Doaker
- Tommy Hollis As Avery
- Lou Myers As Wining Boy
- Courtney B. Vance As Lymon
- Zelda Harris As Maretha
- Rosalyn Coleman As Grace
- Tommy Lafitte As Ace
- Lynne Innerst As Miss Ophelia
- Harold Surratt As Papa Willie Boy expand_more
An African-American family struggles to retain their heritage| in the form of a history told in the carvings on the family piano. Boy Willie wants to sell thepiano and use the money to buy farmland| but sister Berniece won't part with it.
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