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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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Donna
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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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Producer Gail Katz' pitched her idea to actor Tobey Maguire, who was immediately intrigued. After some initial research, he signed on not only to star as Fischer but also to produce, and he and Katz began to develop the script together. Maguire proposed approaching it like a classic sports story. Maguire said: "I'm fascinated by challenging people, and Bobby was nothing if not challenging. We watch as he develops his passion for the game, rises to the top at a very young age and ultimately goes for the world championship. Within that, there was room for a fascinating character study." See more »

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Referencing the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup in Santa Monica. Fischer is depicted playing and beating a Soviet player named Ivanovitch in the first round, after showing up late and almost forfeiting the game. This is all fiction. Fischer played fellow American Sammy Reshevsky in the first round; the game ended a draw. There was no Soviet Player named Ivanovitch, and no player, Soviet or otherwise, withdrew from the tournament claiming illness. See more »

Quotes

Paul Marshall: I think he's afraid of what's gonna happen if he loses.
Father Bill Lombardy: No, he's afraid of what's gonna happen if he wins.
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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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Walk Don't Run
Written by John H. Smith Jr.
Performed by The Ventures
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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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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