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15th Jul '17 8:53:39 PM jormis29
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* The main character in ''Shoot the Piano Player'', Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's second film. The story is about a former classical pianist now working in a dive bar who ends up hunted by criminals thanks to his brother. Unusual in that the focus is on the piano player as the main character, rather than as comedic relief.

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* The main character in ''Shoot the Piano Player'', ''Film/ShootThePianoPlayer'', Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's second film. The story is about a former classical pianist now working in a dive bar who ends up hunted by criminals thanks to his brother. Unusual in that the focus is on the piano player as the main character, rather than as comedic relief.
15th Jul '17 1:43:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/ThePianist'' features a rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama, and BasedOnATrueStory to boot. Classical concert pianist Władysław Szpilman is forced to take cheap gigs in bars and restaurants when [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] take over Poland, since they didn't allow Jews to be in the arts. (Then it goes FromBadToWorse. [[WorldWarII Much, much worse]]).

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* ''Film/ThePianist'' features a rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama, and BasedOnATrueStory to boot. Classical concert pianist Władysław Szpilman is forced to take cheap gigs in bars and restaurants when [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] take over Poland, since they didn't allow Jews to be in the arts. (Then it goes FromBadToWorse. [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Much, much worse]]).
5th Jun '17 8:23:58 PM libertydude
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* One appears in ''Film/IShotJesseJames'', playing in the Creede Hotel and earning a dirty look from Robert Ford when he plays "The Ballad of UsefulNotes/JesseJames" (who Bob killed and doesn't like thinking about).
21st May '17 1:32:18 PM fruitfulofhands
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* A Wild West-era piano-playing zombie appears in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2''. Naturally, the background music switches to saloon piano while the zombie is on the lawn.
13th May '17 12:59:41 AM jamespolk
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* Wesley in the play ''The Time of Your Life'' by William Saroyan.

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* Wesley in the play ''The Time of Your Life'' ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife'' by William Saroyan.
15th Dec '16 3:37:54 PM LongTallShorty64
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* Dan Sr. from ''Film/FriscoJenny''. He came from a conservatory of music and now plays in a brothel. He's in love with the titular Jenny.
20th Jun '16 11:44:02 AM gewunomox
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* ''[[BillyJoel It's nine o'clock on a Saturday...]]''
* Elton John has an album titled "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player", his ShoutOut to the FrancoisTruffaut crime movie ''Shoot the Piano Player''.

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* ''[[BillyJoel ''[[Music/BillyJoel It's nine o'clock on a Saturday...]]''
* Elton John Music/EltonJohn has an album titled "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player", his ShoutOut to the FrancoisTruffaut Creator/FrancoisTruffaut crime movie ''Shoot the Piano Player''.
9th Jun '16 10:56:02 AM Prfnoff
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** The recurring pianist is Schroeder. He does get lines (usually trading Lucy's flirtations for sarcasm), but in big crowd scenes he tends to stay in the background, hunched over his instrument.

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** The recurring pianist is Schroeder.Schroeder, who plays only classical music. He does get lines (usually trading Lucy's flirtations for sarcasm), but in big crowd scenes he tends to stay in the background, hunched over his instrument.
12th Feb '16 1:23:44 PM Prfnoff
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* 88 Keys in ''Film/DickTracy''.

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* In ''Film/DickTracy'', 88 Keys in ''Film/DickTracy''.is the piano player at the Club Ritz.
25th Jan '16 5:23:12 PM WillBGood
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* In ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'', there's a character named Piano Man, who is not only a piano player, but he also one as well!

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* In ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'', there's a character named Piano Man, who is not only a piano player, but he also one as well!player-- and a player piano.
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