THE PIANO LESSON, a wrenching but flawed cable adaptation of August Wilson's play, is committed to conveying the experience of poor African-Americans caught in a bind between treasuring their heritage and surviving financially.
Traveling up North with a truckload of watermelons he hopes to sell with compatriot Lymon (Courtney B. Vance), irrepressible Boy Willie (Charles Dutton) dreams of purchasing 100 acres of land for $2000. Dropping by unannounced at the home of Uncle Doaker (Carl Gordon) and Boy Willie's sister
Berniece (Alfre Woodard), desperate Boy Willie campaigns to sell his mother's hand-carved piano to finance his new start as a property-owner. Whereas...