After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart. Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines, leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.

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  1. Jane Campion

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Holly Hunter

    Holly Hunter

    Ada McGrath

  2. Harvey Keitel

    Harvey Keitel

    George Baines

  3. Sam Neill

    Sam Neill

    Alisdair Stewart

  4. Anna Paquin

    Anna Paquin

    Flora McGrath

  5. Cliff Curtis

    Cliff Curtis


  6. Kerry Walker

    Kerry Walker

    Aunt Morag

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 1m

Budget $7,000,000.00

Revenue $116,700,000.00

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Release Information

  • November 12, 1993
    R, Theatrical



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