MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 22,467 this week

The Chess Players (1977)
"Shatranj Ke Khilari" (original title)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 1,812 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 22 critic

Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (dialogue), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 46 titles
created 16 Feb 2011
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 07 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 16 Jun 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Chess Players (1977)

The Chess Players (1977) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Chess Players.

User Polls

3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Adversary (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Asgar Ali, Arabinda Banerjee
The Goddess (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Devi focuses on a young woman, who is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal landlord, envisions her as the Goddess Kali.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas
The Big City (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Life at home changes when a housewife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a salesperson.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of four middle class workers in India take the week off to have a holiday. When they get to the forest, they meet up with another group and spend their time flirting with women.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal
The Coward (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Amitabha Roy (Soumitra Chatterjee), a sriptwriter has a breakdown near a tea-estate and he is offered a place to stay by the estate manager (Haradhan Banerjee) at his bungalow. When he ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Haradhan Bannerjee
Teen Kanya (1961)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The first story is about Nanda, a young man who leaves Calcutta to work as a postmaster in an isolated malaria-infested village. The postmaster is looked after by a young orphan girl, Ratan... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Chandana Banerjee, Sita Mukherjee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A taxi driver attempts to introduce his cab service in rural Bengal against many odds.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta
Aparajito (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee
Paras-Pathar (1958)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An underpaid middle-aged clerk finds a 'parash pathar', a stone that changes iron to gold on touch.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Tulsi Chakraborty, Kali Bannerjee, Ranibala
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Gangacharan is the new Brahmin of a village, where he assumes various duties: teaching, organizing religious events, and trying to prevent epidemics. But in that year 1943, war is raging (... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Bobita, Sandhya Roy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When the movie opens, a woman is recalling the events that molded her perspective on the world. Years ago, her husband, a wealthy Western-educated landowner, challenged tradition by ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee, Swatilekha Chatterjee
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The musician duo of Goopi Gayin and Bagha Bayin make a comeback in this sequel, where they are invited to the court of the Hirak Raja (Diamond King), for their musical skills. They have to ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Robi Ghosh
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjeev Kumar ...
Mirza Sajjad Ali
...
Mir Roshan Ali
...
Khurshid, Mirza's wife
Farida Jalal ...
Nafisa, Mir's wife
Veena ...
Queen Mother
David Abraham ...
Munshi
...
Prime Minister (as Victor Bannerji)
Farooq Shaikh ...
Aqueel (as Farooque Shaikh)
Tom Alter ...
Capt. Weston (Outram's aide de camp)
Leela Mishra ...
Hirya, Khurshid's maid
Barry John
Samarth Narain ...
Kallu
Bhudo Advani ...
Abbajani (as Budho Advani)
Kamu Mukherjee ...
(as Kamu Mukherji)
Uttamram Nagar
Edit

Storyline

Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. While pressure is mounting amidst intrigue and political manoeuvres, Ali Shah composes poems and listens to music, secluded in his palace. The court is of no help, as exemplified by nobles Mir and Mirza, who, ignoring the situation of their country and all their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless parties of chess. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

india | chess | pistol | annexation | paan | See All (53) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

3 October 1977 (India)  »

Also Known As:

O Jogador de Xadrez  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Celluloid Man (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ray's unique gift
16 March 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

This movie is a precious gem. I have not seen anything like it and only a rare amount of movies dare to be as different. One cannot expect any less from Satyajit Ray, one of India's greatest filmmakers. Shatranj ke Khiladi is a satirical comedy that stars the best actors delivering the finest performances. Amjad Khan and Saeed Jaffrey definitely did their best for this movie. Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi are excellent as always. Richard Attenborough and Victor Banerjee do very well with their small roles. I was also surprised to see Farida Jalal in a negative comic role as an unfaithful wife. Ray also applies his artistic talents in set designs as you'll see some beautiful paintings. Background music is limited but used effectively. The movie was shot brilliantly where it is quite evident that the director has given attention to very little detail. There is one scene where Sanjeev Kumar goes to his room to see his wife. Saeed Jaffrey is waiting for him. We soon see a scene where Jaffrey goes to check on Sanjeev then when he returns...we see a hand changing the position on the chess board. This is just one of the finest example of excellent direction, among the many you'll witness in this classic masterpiece. The events of the 19th century are portrayed very poetically. While some may say that the pace is slow, it did not bore me one bit and there was always something happening. This, indeed, is a fine piece of film-making. I suggest you go and watch it.


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
an intimate epic teejay6682
Discuss The Chess Players (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?