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(2013)

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Wood had worked with a teacher three weeks prior to going to Barcelona and found it stressful having to play the piano and speak at the same time saying, "It was incredibly technical [...] lots of moments where it was jumping from where I'd play, listen to a click, listen to music, have to be in the right place and the right time and hear dialogue and repeat dialogue".
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The closing credit roll takes up 12 minutes of the 90-minute film.
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Alex Winter's first non-cameo film acting role since Freaked (1993).
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During its limited theatrical release, the film was screened at only one New York City location: Quad Cinema, New York's first multiplex theater (opened in 1972).
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Despite being set in Chicago, all of the film's interiors were shot in Spain (though several exteriors were shot in Chicago itself).
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Features the song "Ten Happy Fingers" from the film 'The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T,' a fantasy about an evil piano teacher which was written by Dr. Seuss (who also wrote the lyrics to the song).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Most of John Cusack's dialogue occurs while his character is off-screen, speaking to Elijah Wood through an earpiece. When Cusack finally appears on-screen, towards the film's end, he speaks just one line of dialogue before he and Wood engage in a non-speaking hand-to-hand battle.
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The name of John Cusack's character is not mentioned during the film, only being revealed in the end credits.
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By the beginning of the movie, Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) is afraid a great catastrophe might fall upon him, despite everyone he speaks to wishing him to "break a leg". The expression is used in theatre to wish a performer "good luck" in an ironic way. And after the catastrophic events of the movie, from which Tom rises with tremendous success, he actually breaks a leg, making the irony of the theatrical wish true. The leg in the phrase break a leg refers to one of the curtain supports. It means you get called out for so many bows due to the audience cheering that the leg breaks.
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