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Hatley High (2003)

Tommy Linklater is an eighteen-year old magician. The magic he performs is often minor - re-directing croquet balls, making cards appear in closed purses - it is always genuine; he actually... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Wright ... Tommy Linklater
Rachelle Lefevre ... Hyacinthe Marquez
Nwamiko Madden Nwamiko Madden ... Julius
James A. Woods ... Shaun Rhodes
Paul Van Dyck ... Trevor Hayes
Robert Jadah Robert Jadah ... Herman Linklater
Malcolm Travis Malcolm Travis ... Lorne Granger
Anatoly Zinoviev Anatoly Zinoviev ... Vladimir
Ivan Vukov Ivan Vukov ... Felix Hainsworth
Ilona Elkin ... Anya Petrovich
Sam Stone Sam Stone ... Principal Tuttle
Howard Rosenstein ... Jimmy Braddock
Michael Romano Michael Romano ... Kyle
Shotaro Ozawa Shotaro Ozawa ... Takeshi
Rob deLeeuw ... Sergei Fyodorovich (as Rob de Leeuwe)


Tommy Linklater is an eighteen-year old magician. The magic he performs is often minor - re-directing croquet balls, making cards appear in closed purses - it is always genuine; he actually does the impossible. He will soon learn that his hobby for playing chess while his mother was alive is another gift she left him. His father, Herman Linklater, is a physicist who believes that all the universes mysteries will eventually be explained away. Tommy's mother and Herman's wife, Melanie, has died and left them a house they did not know she owned. It is in a small lake-side town called North Hatley. They decided to move there for a year so that Herman can finish his book on cosmology. Once they arrive, the Linklaters discover that Melanie was something of a local legend. She left North Hatley after throwing a game against the town's greatest chess rivals, the Russians. The town was forced to realize their mistakes. They pushed her too hard to win, undermining the soul of the game. Her ... Written by Myles Hainsworth

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Release Date:

September 2003 (Canada) See more »

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Безумный колледж See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson, Québec, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital


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A Great Movie about High School Chess
20 May 2006 | by samsloan-1See all my reviews

This is a great movie, long overlooked. A small town high school is nuts about chess and everybody plays The big showdown comes when a team from the Soviet Union is flown in to play the big match. The coach for Hatley High is a Soviet defector who defected during the last chess match between the two teams. The new Russian coach is a Russian nationalist, and the rivalry is personal.

On the night before the big showdown, the Russian team captain, Anya Petrovich, played by Ilona Elkin, seduces the Hatley High captain, played by James A. Woods, and tricks him by putting handcuffs on him and locking in the principal's office. When the Hatley High Captain does not appear for the big final match, the Hatley High team will be forfeited unless somebody can be pulled off the bench to play the big final game.

The creators of this movie could have used a real chess consultant. Many of the moves shown on the chess board are illegal. Black moves first in the first game and, although they use chess terms like Sicilian Defense and Budapest Defense, the moves shown on the board are nothing like those openings.

However, we can overlook these defects because this movie teaches us chess players important lessons about how a movie about a high school chess match can be made exciting and interesting to the general non-chess playing audience.

Sam Sloan

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