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Dangerous Moves (1984)
"La diagonale du fou" (original title)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  24 May 1985 (USA)
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Akiva Liebskind
Alexandre Arbatt ...
Pavius Fromm
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Marina Fromm
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Henia Liebskind
Wojciech Pszoniak ...
Le grand maître Felton - l'équipe de Fromm
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Miller, l'équipe de Fromm
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Tac-Tac, l'équipe de Liebskind
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Foldes
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Stepan Ivanovitch Kerossian - l'équipe de Liebskind
Pierre Michaël ...
Yachvili
Serge Avedikian ...
Fadenko
Pierre Vial ...
Anton Heller
Bernhard Wicki ...
Pühl
Jacques Boudet ...
Stuffli
Benoît Régent ...
Barabal
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In the final game, Pavius and Akiva play the French Defence / Paulsen Attack. The moves are as follows: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Nh6 8. Nc3 Nf5 9. Na4 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Qa5 11. Bc3 b5 12. a3 Bxc3+ 13. Nxc3 b4 14. axb4 Qxb4 The film ends here; at this point, it is much too early in the game to determine who will win. See more »

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Early in the film, Liebskind describes a move as "Rook to G-10". There is no G-10 on the chessboard; the numbers only go to 8. This error is in the subtitles only and was a mistranslation; the actual line ends with "huit", French for eight. See more »

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Akiva Liebskind: Put it out that cigarette, Gennadi Ivanovitch.
Stepan Ivanovitch Kerossian - l'équipe de Liebskind: But I'm not even smoking it, Akiva Israelovitch.
Akiva Liebskind: It's a threat to me, I suppose. In chess, the threat is stronger than the execution.
Stepan Ivanovitch Kerossian - l'équipe de Liebskind: [after a long pause while both are playing chess] Still enjoy winning from me?
Akiva Liebskind: I taste the sweet victories and I taste the bitter defeats.
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Interesting but definitely not for everyone.
22 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Dangerous Moves" is a French film that in some ways is a fictionalization involving the chess champ, Bobby Fischer mixed with some Cold War dramatics. The film is about a long-anticipated match between a Russian Grand Champion (Liebskind) and a Russian expatriate Grand Champion (Fromm). Liebskind is older and ill--and he and the agents from his country are trying to hide this from everyone. Fromm is a nut-case (like Fischer)--very, very, very demanding and amazingly neurotic. Neither man likes the other and due to Fromm's weird antics, it's not even certain that the match will take place. And, when it does, both players threaten to derail it repeatedly.

The film is an interesting character study of two seriously disturbed and difficult to like men. I appreciated this, as most films feature more one-dimensional and predictable characters. However, many will blanch at the film's slow pacing and that so much of the film takes place at the match--making it a hard-sell to most viewers--plus there is no hero to root for--just two very determined oddballs. It is very good but also for a very narrow audience. Worth seeing, though, if you are very patient or have a background working in mental health. Otherwise, there might just be some better French films you might want to see first.


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