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Play for your life in this trailer for Grand Piano starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack

12.17.2013

In what looks like a more refined version of Joel Schumacher's PHONE BOOTH, the new thriller GRAND PIANO, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack puts a fun spin on the high-concept thriller. Wood plays a famous piano player who is making his comeback after a bout of stage fright curtailed his career only to find the added pressure of being held at gunpoint with the instruction to play perfectly or die. Man, as if playing in front of an audience wasn't enough! It's got some Hitchcockian/DePalma gloss to it and has received a lot of critical praise from festival screenings. Could this be a sleeper hit for 2014?

Play or die!:

Here's the synopsis:

Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.

Elijah Wood has made a really nice go of a post LORD OF THE RINGS career, starring in cool genre pics like this and the horror flick MANIAC (as well as FX's Wilfred) and it's nice to see him paving a new path for his career post Hobbit life. Cusack has had a tougher go, as he's gone from leading man to secondary roles or straight-to-video fare, but that doesn't make him any less of an engaging actor. In fact, having both stars in this is a major bonus and makes the SPEED-on-a-piano set-up a lot more enticing.

GRAND PIANO is set to open in limited theaters on March 7, 2014.

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2:39PM on 12/17/2013

Looks good

I will see it. Elijah has always been a favorite of mine.
I will see it. Elijah has always been a favorite of mine.
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1:29PM on 12/17/2013
Looks intense as hell.
Looks intense as hell.
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1:27PM on 12/17/2013
I'm sold. It looks interesting, different and visually stunning.
I'm sold. It looks interesting, different and visually stunning.
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2:55PM on 12/17/2013
Don't know how movie will turn out, but great trailer, definitely looks suspenseful. Probably not theater worthy but will be checking out on DVD for sure.
Don't know how movie will turn out, but great trailer, definitely looks suspenseful. Probably not theater worthy but will be checking out on DVD for sure.
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7:11PM on 12/17/2013
It's a quirky idea and it looks like the filmmakers, with Wood and Cusack, might have enough flair to pull it off. There's the danger that it can get laughably silly but I'm hoping it turns out a lot of fun.
It's a quirky idea and it looks like the filmmakers, with Wood and Cusack, might have enough flair to pull it off. There's the danger that it can get laughably silly but I'm hoping it turns out a lot of fun.
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6:35PM on 12/17/2013
Looks interesting. Nice, suspenseful trailer, and Elijah Wood has always done a decent job for me. I'll give it a shot.
Looks interesting. Nice, suspenseful trailer, and Elijah Wood has always done a decent job for me. I'll give it a shot.
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10:48AM on 12/19/2013

I don't understand studio marketing sometimes.

"Here's a trailer for a suspenseful new mystery thriller featuring a shadowy gunman threatening to kill the main character. Can the pianist survive this tense situation long enough to discover who this mysterious villain is? By the way, it turns out the bad guy is John Cusack."
"Here's a trailer for a suspenseful new mystery thriller featuring a shadowy gunman threatening to kill the main character. Can the pianist survive this tense situation long enough to discover who this mysterious villain is? By the way, it turns out the bad guy is John Cusack."
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2:40AM on 12/18/2013
looks funny to me
looks funny to me
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4:57PM on 12/17/2013

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Phone booth anyone?
Phone booth anyone?
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2:58PM on 12/17/2013
A studio exec somewhere thought this would make a return on their investment? What?
A studio exec somewhere thought this would make a return on their investment? What?
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4:20PM on 12/17/2013
Well, considering it is produced by 3 Spanish companies, probably has a budget in the 5mil range and will do well at Redbox/DVD sales, I would imagine it will make a tidy profit.
Well, considering it is produced by 3 Spanish companies, probably has a budget in the 5mil range and will do well at Redbox/DVD sales, I would imagine it will make a tidy profit.
2:48PM on 12/17/2013

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Oh Magnet, why must you make such silly movies.
Oh Magnet, why must you make such silly movies.
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