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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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Father Bill Lombardy
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Efim Geller
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Iivo Nei
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Carmine Nigro
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Ivanovich
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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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La jugada maestra  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$202,053 (USA) (18 September 2015)

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$2,436,062 (USA) (11 December 2015)
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Bobby Fischer was born to Regina Wender, a naturalized American citizen of German Jewish descent, he was considered the son of her first husband, Hans-Gerhardt Fischer, a German biophysicist. They were married from 1933 to 1945, but some sources claim that his biological father was Hungarian physicist Paul Nemenyi. See more »

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The lawyer Marshall says in a scene with the priest that "for him (Fisher) Vietnam and the Beatles never happened" This is said in Jan 1965. US troops did not start fighting in Vietnam until the Battle of Ia Drang in November 1965 so calling it "Vietnam" which was a general term later used for the war in the late 60's to today would not have had much meaning since it was not a big issue yet and the US would not even start military bombing until Feb 1965. See more »

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Young Joan: He hates draws.
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Crazy Credits

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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It Ain't No Fun To Me
Written and Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records
By Arrangement with Fat Possum Records Irving Music, Inc. on behalf of Al Green Music, Inc. and JEC Publishing
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Don't you think it is too good?
19 February 2016 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I was bit skeptic on whether I should watch this movie or not.There has been so much of slamming of this movie.It did not even have a wide release.But thank God, I dared to watch.It is one of most intense movies of recent times.From the beginning,your eyes remain glued to the screen.The historic match between Spassky and Fisher has been depicted so vividly, that at times you forget that you are watching a movie.Tobey Maguire has been criticized a lot for his portrayal of the legendary chess player.But I found him too good.His acting was as intense as this movie.The frowning, the clenching, the swing of mood everything was made so much believable.Liev Shreiber, too has done a commendable job as Spassky.The cinematography is excellent.The close shots deserve to be mentioned in particular.Finally, a good film from a brilliant director like Zwick after a pause.Do not miss this movie.


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