PG | | Drama
A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.
O.J. Simpson lobbied hard for the role of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. As presented in the documentary O.J.: Made in America (2016), Simpson saw himself in that role, but director Milos Forman decided to go with Howard E. Rollins, Jr., a former teacher who got his first break in films with this role.
Coalhouse Walker Jr.:
Lord, I'd hoped I'd have the courage to know what I should do now. You must see how sick at heart I've been... and how I've performed this thing with little appetite.
Coalhouse Walker Jr.: I'd hoped... you'd reveal to me along the way why you put such a rage in my heart.
Coalhouse Walker Jr.: ...
When Coalhouse Walker, Jr. strikes keys on the piano of the "family's" house, he announces that the piano is terribly out of tune, and admonishes Father to take better care of the instrument. Not only is there nothing to indicate that the piano is out of tune (the struck notes suggest that the piano is in tune), but moments later, Coalhouse plays a Chopin waltz on the same piano, it is in perfect tune.
$151,351 22 November 1981