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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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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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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$2,436,062 (USA) (11 December 2015)
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When Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) replays a game from a Russian chess magazine, the first moves are 1.h4 h5 (pushing the pawns on the edge of the board). In fact, only amateurs' games start like this, not games of the masters, as like the ones published in the chess magazines. See more »

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Spassky asks to have his chair X-rayed. That actually happened, but in the 1978 World Championship between Karpov and Korchnoi. That tournament also involved examining the lighting system and discovering, like in the movie, two dead flies. See more »

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Bobby Fischer: Life is like that when people are living in a dream world.It's not really paradoxical.Chess is basically a search for truth, right? So, I'm searching for the truth.
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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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Walk Don't Run
Written by John H. Smith Jr.
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Used by permission of Peermusic, Ltd o/b/o itself and Mesa Verde Music and On Board Music
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC,
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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