As a 14 year-old on the cusp of his 15th birthday, Bobby Fischer won the U.S. Chess Championship in 1958, giving him the title of International Master. Later that same year, he broke future opponent Boris Spassky's record to become the youngest World Chess Federation Grand Master; Bobby was 15, and Boris was 18 when he set the distinction. The two names would become linked forever in chess history. When the two first played each other in 1960, Fischer lost during an Argentine tournament, though the two tied and were co-winners of the tourney. He would not beat Spassky until their famous world title match in Iceland in 1972. See more »
The auditorium's emergency exit signs in multiple shots are modern designs not utilized in 1972 when the film takes place. See more »
Man chatting with Donna at 1:36:14:
Spassky took his bishop!
I took his virginity.
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In the closing credits, the name of the character Cyril (played by Shawn Campbell) is misspelled "Cryil". See more »
Interesting movie with a solid performance from Tobey Maguire
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.
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