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A Little Game (2014)

A young girl finding her way around the city and her own life through chess lessons. This is also about being open to all the clues about your life and your options that surround you everyday.

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Evan Oppenheimer
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ralph Macchio ... Tom
Janeane Garofalo ... Sarah Kuftinec
F. Murray Abraham ... Norman Wallach
Oona Laurence ... Becky
Olympia Dukakis ... YaYa
Rachel Dratch ... Aunt Diane
Tovah Feldshuh ... Blackstone Head of School
Gabriel Rush ... Jaden
Kimberly Quinn ... Laura
Fatima Ptacek ... Isabella
Jaden Michael ... Max 1
Gigi Cesarè ... Blackstone Academy Chess Club Private Schoolgirl (as Giovanna Cappetta)
Fina Strazza Fina Strazza ... Jez
Connor Buckley ... Mysterious Basketball Player
Catherine Urbanek ... Jessica
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Ignored by the rich kids at her new school and shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, a 10-year-old girl finds an unlikely friend in the form of a feisty chess master, who uses the game to teach her about life. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Reine des jeux See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Trivia

Board for the final chess game was initially turned the wrong way. A white square should always be on the player's right side. See more »

Goofs

Max and Becky are waiting with Becky's mom for Max's aunt to show up as her pretend nanny. After Becky's mom meets Max's aunt, why doesn't she take Becky's back pack home with her (possibly holding Becky's books and homework) rather than making Becky go on her play date with Max having to lug it around with her? See more »

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Believe You Can Win!
25 July 2018 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

The film is about a ten year old girl in Greenwich Village in New York City named Max. Her parents are played by Ralph Maachio and Janeane Garofalo. They're working class people. Her father is a building superintendent and the mother is a chef at a restaurant. Her grandmother was played by Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis who rarely gets to play Greek-American roles. Max gets accepted into a private school uptown where she tries to fit in. The film has a lesson about life through the game of chess. F. Murray Abraham played the unlikely older man who helps Max learn the game and rules about life. The film looks like it was shot entirely on location in New York City.


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