Grand Piano

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Grand Piano is so tense in its best moments -- and appealingly strange overall -- that it remains rewarding in spite of its flaws.



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Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing... --(C) Magnet


Elijah Wood
as Tom Selznick
Kerry Bishé
as Emma Selznick
Alex Winter
as Assistant
Dee Wallace
as Marjorie Green
Don R. McManus
as Reisinger
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  • Nov 08, 2017
    The premise (piano player is forced to flawlessly play a ridiculously difficult piece in front of live audience - or get shot) is pretty cool. Of course it also creates a problem for the film: build the tension with lots of music and images, or explain it to pieces. Sadly, it's the latter here. The film is still entertaining and doesn't drag out the premise over more than 80 minutes, but it's also a little silly, at times. When you accept it's little more than a B-movie, you can enjoy it enough, but maybe the idea could have even been something huge, given the right creators.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2016
    Intriguing, until you find out what's actually going on, at which point it all falls apart and makes little sense.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2015
    I didn't buy the central conceit for one moment and some of the character interactions are *baffling* (particularly those of the secondary players), but damnit if Grand Piano isn't superbly directed and wonderfully scored.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2015
    Tense enough and with some good moments here and there, this thriller manages to entertain despite (or because of) its heavy-handed direction and a ludicrous plot whose greatest problems include a villain whose motives are ridiculous and a lame third act where little makes sense.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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