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

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  24 May 1985 (USA)
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Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also ... See full summary »

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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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Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also dealing with a declining health while the young and restless genius Pavius has defected to the West to escape from the Communism tentacles. Their differences will be put to test while they're both competing in the World Chess Championship, with a huge prize at stake just as much as the political ideologies behind those characters. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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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 »

Goofs

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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Pavius Fromm: Check. Check.
Akiva Liebskind: Mate! Mate!
[wins one match]
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One of the best films I have ever seen
20 July 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it came out in 1984, and since then, have been unable to forget it. I have been looking for it everywhere, from shops to the Internet without success. It seemed to have disappeared from the surface of the Earth. Finally, ARTE, a French/German TV channel, decided to broadcast it two months ago...and of course, I recorded it. It is based around a very simple storyline. A chess match. The two main players in the world. Both russians. Two generations fighting against each other, and also two visions of the world. The oldest generation who stayed and endured the last 50 years of Russian history. The younger one who left, but not unscathed. For them, only one thing matters : Chess, but for the outside world, and their entourage, many other things come into account: propaganda, money etc... From the actors to the plot, I cannot find any default with it. It is soberly and superbly played by Michel Piccoli (it is probably the only film where I really liked him) and the whole cast is a marvel. To be seen absolutely !!!


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