The Piano

"Essential"

The Piano Review


"We can't leave the piano!" Anna Paquin's precociousness and grating voice may have turned a lot of people away from The Piano, but her Oscar a few months later redeemed her somewhat. Paquin has since grown up, but her debut film is unforgettable: The haunting tragedy-with-happy-ending of an 1800s-era mute woman essentially exiled to New Zealand with her emotionally dead husband. Jane Campion does her best directing ever, working a miracle out of the bizarre Harvey Keitel, with whom Holly Hunter's Ada falls in love. Forbidden romance on a deserted, cold, and rainy island? Sign me up.


The Piano

Facts and Figures

Run time: 121 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th February 1994

Box Office Worldwide: $116.7M

Budget: $7M

Distributed by: Miramax Films

Production compaines: Miramax Films, Ciby 2000, Jan Chapman Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 44 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Ada McGrath, as George Baines, as Alisdair Stewart, as Flora McGrath, as Hira, as Aunt Morag, Ian Mune as Reverend, as Mana, Genevieve Lemon as Nessie, Pete Smith as Hone, Te Whatanui Skipwith as Chief Nihe

Also starring: ,

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