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The Piano Player (2002)

Alex Laney, a professional killer, is hired to be the bodyguard of Robert Nile in the City of Cape, in South Africa. Robert Nile is the witness of prosecution of Christ, a powerful gangster... See full summary »

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Alex Laney
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Erika Nile
Simon Mabija ...
Christo Nichol (as Simon Majiba)
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Nicholas Farrel
Jeane Manson ...
Helena Taylor
Mode Theu ...
Sipho
Mawongo Tyawa ...
Gatsha Mlambo (as Mawonga Dominic Tyawa)
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Capt. Ryan Tyler
Morgan Howell ...
Young Robert - age 8
Graeme Du Plessis ...
Kai Coetzee ...
Young Alex
Dorette Potgieter ...
Alex's Mother
Peter Krummeck ...
Alex's Father
Louw Venter ...
Marco
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Alex Laney, a professional killer, is hired to be the bodyguard of Robert Nile in the City of Cape, in South Africa. Robert Nile is the witness of prosecution of Christ, a powerful gangster and practitioner of voodoo. Alex Laney has a personal drama: when he was a child, he saw his father and mother be killed by a gunman. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Diane Kruger's first role. She has stated in interviews that appearing alongside Dennis Hopper taught her how to act. See more »

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When Robert Nile drives away in the desert, a man dressed in a white T-shirt is visible in the upper right corner of the screen. See more »

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Farrell: This is Africa... African rules!
[Alex draws his gun]
Farrell: Oh shit!
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Please Shoot This Piano Player
30 September 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The Piano Player, or The Target in the U.S., is a movie that begins with an interesting plot but loses its focus towards the middle. Christopher Lambert plays Alex Laney, an unconvincing hitman who must protect Robert Nile (Dennis Hopper), a lawyer who knows the truth about the leader of a South African mob. The problem with this movie, other than it drags, is that there's no development of the Lambert character. There's one scene where his hitman qualities shine when he saves Nile's daughter from kidnappers but his hitman character is ultimately weak and unbelievable. We witness the death of his parents when he's a child (the past of all hitmen must show why they do what they do) but the his passion to kill or protect doesn't go far. Alex Laney is a bad role for Christopher Lambert or any actor. When Robert Nile visits a small town where he was brought up we lose interest in the story because the tension dies and the mood is off tangent. It's too bad because Dennis Hopper is a great character actor who wasted his presence on this movie and Christopher Lambert (whom I'm a fan of for Highlander although I think his best work is in Subway) must certainly choose his roles more carefully. An actor need not be very diverse in roles but should pick roles suitable for his range.


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