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The Piano

movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: The Piano

Starring: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel
Director: Jane Campion
Rated: R
RunTime: 121 Minutes
Release Date: November 1993
Genres: Drama, Romance

*Also starring: Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Kerry Walker, Genevieve Lemon, Tungia Baker, Ian Mune

Review by Steve Rhodes
3 stars out of 4

[This is one of my golden oldies reviews - written years go when I was just getting started and never posted. I stand by the conclusions, but in most cases many details are missing that I would normally include today.]

Saw THE PIANO (***) on Friday night. If you thought how wonderful it would be living in New Zealand a hundred years ago, this movie will disabuse you of that notion. This is a dark and depressing show about the evils of life. Depressing shows can be quite rewarding as this film proves.

Holly Hunter without her Southern or any accent (she does not talk) nevertheless gives an award winning performance. She is one of my favorite actresses. Her best for me will always be BROADCAST NEWS.

Sam Neill is very good as a husband with an IQ about equal to his age. He was mean yet somehow you managed to feel sorry for him at times because he just did not seem to have the brains to know better. Harvey Keitel was excellent as the, well, as the boy friend I guess you might say.

I wish they had ended the show in a slightly different way a few minutes before it actually ended. If you see the show, you will know where I mean.

Copyright 1993 Steve Rhodes

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