The Piano (1993)

The Piano



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Movie Info

Writer/director Jane Campion's third feature unearthed emotional undercurrents and churning intensity in the story of a mute woman's rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times. Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), a mute who has willed herself not to speak, and her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) find themselves in the New Zealand wilderness, with Ada the imported bride of dullard land-grabber Stewart (Sam Neill). Ada immediately takes a dislike to … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Jane Campion
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 1998
Miramax Films


as Ada McGrath

as George Baines

as Flora McGrath

as Stewart

as Aunt Morag

as Reverend

as Head Seaman

as Blind Piano Tuner

as Meni (Mission Girl)

as Wedding Photographer

as Bluebeard's Wife

as Cloud Carrier Boy

as Flora's Grandfather
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Critic Reviews for The Piano

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (11)

Sweetie and An Angel at My Table have taught us to expect startling as well as beautiful things from Jane Campion, and this assured and provocative third feature (1993) offers yet another lush parable.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Campion never underestimates the power physical obsession exerts over human souls, and, for once, a modern film treats erotic passion honestly.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Ms. Campion somehow suggests states of mind you've never before recognized on the screen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The Piano is a solid motion picture with a universal message and occasional splashes of genius, but it is remarkable only as Holly Hunter's performance is concerned.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The Piano is as peculiar and haunting as any film I've seen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[An] evocative, powerful, extraordinarily beautiful film from the Australian director Jane Campion.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Piano


Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin shine in terrific performances in this beautiful, haunting story that Campion carries off with sheer sensitivity and in a slow-burning fashion that helps to explore the complexity of its characters and themes like restraint, passion and loneliness.

Carlos Magalhćes

Super Reviewer


An intense and emotional film. The performances are excellent.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Astounding drama, The Piano is a near perfect picture that boasts an incredible cast of talented actors and has a terrific, well executed storyline. This film is famous for the fact that Anna Paquin who was eleven years old at the time of the film's release won an Oscar for her performance, thus becoming the second younger Oscar winner in film history. The film is a beautiful piece of cinema, in the way that it's been film, acted, directed and told. This is sublime storytelling and if you're looking for a solid piece of drama, then The Piano is worth seeing. Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter have terrific chemistry on-screen, and they are tremendous leads that really add so much to the film's powerful storytelling. Director Jane Campion crafts a brilliant picture, one that is rare in the way it tells a truly engrossing story that is elevated by the strong performances from its cast. Everything about the film is truly hypnotic, the score composed by Michael Nyman adds so much emotion to the story that you are overwhelmed by how grand the film is. This is a masterpiece in terms of pure craftsmanship and the cast just add so much to the enjoyment of the film. The Piano is a richly detailed drama is haunting, thrilling, and it keeps you invested from the first frame right to the final shot. I recommend this film to anyone that enjoys a richly told drama with a great story and top notch cast. The Piano is one the finest films in the genre, and it's a memorable picture that you won't soon forget because it's a chilling, beautiful film that is one of the finest films of 90's. To me, it's always great to see a director that is able to craft something truly grand with a few simple ideas, and that is the case with this film. Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin definitely deserved their Oscars for their roles as this is a near perfect film that has a very good story and magnetic performances that is sure to delight diehard film fans.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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