The Piano

$40m

DBO
15 1992 121 minutes Facebook

Synopsis

Set in 1851, a mute Scottish woman arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter and beloved piano in tow. Her practical new husband refuses to transport the piano to their home and makes a deal with his neighbor, George Baines to take the piano off his hands. Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave.

Credits

Awards

1993 Cannes Film Festival

Winner

  • Palme d'Or

1994 Golden Globes

Winner

  • Best Actress - Drama

Nominated

  • Best Film - Drama
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Actress - Supporting Role
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay

1994 Academy Awards

Nominated

  • Best Picture

1994 Academy Awards

Winner

  • Best Actress - Leading Role
  • Best Screenplay - Original
  • Best Actress - Supporting Role

Nominated

  • Best Director
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing

Featured Clips

The Piano - It's Been Tuned

The Piano - It's Been Tuned

Much to Ada's surprise, George has had her piano tuned. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)

The Piano - The Photograph

The Piano - The Photograph

On a rainy day, Stewart and Ada take a wedding photograph. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin)

The Piano  - Back to the Beach

The Piano - Back to the Beach

Still missing their piano, Ada and Flora convince a reluctant George to take them back the beach where they first landed. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)

The Piano - A Private Session

The Piano - A Private Session

While Flora waits impatiently outside, George is completely entranced by Ada's piano playing. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Reverend (Ian Mune), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)

The Piano - Private Lessons

The Piano - Private Lessons

Enthralled with Ada, George pushes the boundaries of their agreement. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), George (Harvey Keitel), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin)

The Piano - Official Trailer (HD)

The Piano - Official Trailer (HD)

Set in 1851, a mute Scottish woman arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter and beloved piano in tow. Her practical new husband refuses to transport the piano to their home and makes a deal with his neighbor, George Baines to take the piano off his hands. Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave.

The Piano - Five Keys

The Piano - Five Keys

As tensions between them grow, Ada and George take their affectionate agreement to the next level. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), George (Harvey Keitel), Flora (Anna Paquin)

The Piano - The Bride

The Piano - The Bride

Stewart wonders if he's made a mistake in choosing his prearranged bride. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)

The Piano - The Play

The Piano - The Play

Tensions run high at the play as George and Ada continue their passive-aggressive back-and-forth. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)

The Piano - Calling It Off

The Piano - Calling It Off

Feeling guilty, George calls off his arrangement with Ada and returns her piano to her. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)

The Piano - The Arrival

The Piano - The Arrival

Ada, a mute, and her young daughter, Flora, arrive at their new home rather uncerimoniously. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)

Now Playing: The Piano - It's Been Tuned
Starring: Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel

Much to Ada's surprise, George has had her piano tuned. In this scene: Ada (Holly Hunter), Stewart (Sam Neill), Flora (Anna Paquin), George (Harvey Keitel)