A Piano for Mrs. Cimino

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A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
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Genre Drama
Written by John Gay
Robert Oliphant
Directed by George Schaefer
Starring Bette Davis
Music by James Horner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Tony Converse
Roger Gimbel
Producer(s) George Schaefer
Adrienne Luraschi (associate producer)
Christopher Seitz (co-producer)
Cinematography Edward R. Brown
Editor(s) Rita Roland
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) EMI Television
Roger Gimbel Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release
  • February 3, 1982 (1982-02-03)

A Piano for Mrs. Cimino is a 1982 American made-for-television drama film produced and directed by George Schaefer. The teleplay by John Gay is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Oliphant. It was broadcast on February 3 by CBS.


The story focuses on Esther Cimino, an aging piano teacher who is misdiagnosed as having dementia shortly after her husband passes away. Her son George has her declared incompetent and puts her affairs in the hands of a questionable trustee. Her granddaughter Karen places the woman in a convalescent home overseen by a caring director, and under his patient care Mrs. Cimino blossoms, only to learn her business, home, and all her possessions, including her beloved piano, were sold during her confinement.

With her dignity and health restored, Mrs. Cimino tries to regain control of her life by establishing her independence and retaining control over her remaining assets. Assisting her in her battles is her long lost friend Barney Fellman, who brings her the unexpected promise of romance in her later years.


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