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Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

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Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.

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Paul Marshall
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Iivo Nei
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Carmine Nigro
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Ivanovich
Brett Watson ...
Lothar Schmid
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During the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Written by Bleecker Street

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In 1972, Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking | See all certifications »

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25 September 2015 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$202,053 (USA) (20 September 2015)

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$2,436,062 (USA) (13 December 2015)
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In preparing to write the movie's script, screenwriter Steven Knight read many of the books that have been written about Bobby Fischer and the "Match of the Century", as well as speaking with people who knew him. "The most useful material was archival footage of him being interviewed," said screenwriter Knight. "Bobby spoke and moved oddly, and to see that was helpful. If you noticed him walking down the street, you'd think, 'there is a curious person'. He might have ended up just another homeless person, but he was just so good at chess that he was saved by it. And, of course, cursed by it as well." See more »

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When Fischer first meets Boris Spassky in Santa Monica in 1966 Boris is introduced as the World Champion. Boris was not yet the World Champion. Tigran Petrosian was the World Chess Champion at that time. See more »

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Bobby Fischer: So what do you do, Donna?
Donna: I screw people.
Bobby Fischer: Ahhh me too... Listen, I was thinking of getting rid of my virginity.
Donna: Is that right.
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In the closing credits, the name of the character Cyril (played by Shawn Campbell) is misspelled "Cryil". See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Written by John Williams
Courtesy of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of Marjer Publishing
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Interesting movie with a solid performance from Tobey Maguire
16 December 2015 | by (the Edge of the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

I think I have seen a few movies about chess and like in all movies concerning competitive sports I know that it could be very interesting and inspiring. So don't assume that this is a boring movie because of its theme.

This is based on the real life of chess legend Bobby Fischer who after he became world champion, he lived a secluded, solitary life possibly because of a mental illness which made him paranoid.

I am not a fan of Tobey Maguire (poor choice for Spiderman IMO) but he gives a convincing performance in this. His tantrums and his stares as he is building irrational thoughts about conspiracies and imaginable dangers are s strong plus to the film.

The pace of the film is also good and the music by the veteran James Newton Howard follows the emotions with grace.

Overall: Recommended


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