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Jane Campion's The Piano struck a deep chord (if you'll excuse the expression) with audiences in 1993, who were mesmerized by the film's rich, dreamlike imagery. It is the story of a Scottish woman named Ada (Holly Hunter), who has been mute since age 6 because she simply chose not to speak. Ada travels with her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) and her beloved piano to a remote spot on the coast of New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a farmer (Sam Neill). She gives piano lessons to a gruff neighbor (Harvey Keitel) who has Maori tattoos on his face, and, well, things develop from there. The picture takes on a powerful dream logic that simply defies synopsis. It's a breathtakingly beautiful and original achievement from Campion, a unique stylist. The Piano won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Oscars for Hunt, Paquin, and Campion's screenplay. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen


Holly HunterAda McGrath
Harvey KeitelGeorge Baines
Sam NeillAlisdair Stewart
Anna PaquinFlora McGrath
Cliff CurtisMana
Kerry WalkerAunt Morag
Tungia BakerHira
Ian MuneReverend
Peter DennettHead Seaman
Bruce AllpressBlind Piano Tuner

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Jane Campion
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 121 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 12, 1993
    EuropeOct 29, 1993
    JapanFeb 12, 1994
    AustraliaAug 5, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 20, 1998
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