Knight Moves (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  22 January 1993 (USA)
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A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sanderson
Capt. Frank Sedman
Det. Andy Wagner
Codie Lucas Wilbee ...
David, 9 Years Old
Joshua Murray ...
Peter, 14 Years Old (as Josh Murray)
Grandmaster Lutz
Jeremy Edmonds (as Ferdinand Mayne)
Erica Sanderson (as Katherine Isobel)
Debi Rutlege
Steve Nolan


A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer urging him to try and figure out the game, he cooperates with police and a psychologist to try and catch the killer, but doubts linger about the grandmaster's innocence as the string of grisly murders continues. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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It started as a game. It turned into a battle. Then, it went out of control. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Face to Face  »

Box Office


$923,418 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Christopher Lambert and Diane Lane were a married couple in real life at the time and had been married since 1985, but were later divorced in 1994. See more »


When Erica is shown playing Super Mario Brothers on a PC, the moves she makes with the joystick as well as her keyboard tapping are inconsistent with what is shown on the PC monitor. In the next scene, she moves away from the PC but the game is still playing by itself. See more »


Detective Wagner: Oh, we wouldn't want someone's death to interfere with your games. What was your relationship with her?
Peter Sanderson: Causal.
Detective Wagner: Causal? You were boning her, weren't you?
Peter Sanderson: It wasn't serious. What's your prolem?
Detective Wagner: You are. I don't like you.
Peter Sanderson: Fine, don't ask me out on a date.
Detective Wagner: Don't worry, I won't. I've seen how your dates end up.
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Features Super Mario Bros. (1985) See more »


Fool That I Am
Composed by Floyd Hunt (as Hunt) (Intersong USA)
Performed by Carol Kenyon
Produced by Anne Dudley
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Could this mean the renaissance of the intellectual
26 June 1999 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Knight Moves is a film of/for fruitcakes....a little too complicated to be called a Madeira, but heavy enough to take away the hunger pangs. It manages to convey the horror of death without any real murder sequences being shown and is rather Hitchcockesque in places.

The story centres around chess player Peter Sanderson (Christophe Lambert) and his (possible) involvement in a string of serial killings. Due to his complete absorption in the game, he has already lost his wife and is now in danger of losing his daughter. Although he is the prime suspect, he becomes involved with a psychologist called in by the Police. This role was picked up by Christophe's (then) wife, Diane Lane, who not only coped well with the character, but also with a well-rehearsed bedroom scene. A case of 'truth being stranger than fiction'?

Like many of Christophe's films, this one relies heavily on explaining the psychology of the killer, even if it is only in laymen's terms; but it does deal with complex issues of responsibility and duress. The photography is a juxtaposition of European noir sur blanc and British thriller, with a little American 'home-grown' logic thrown in for good effect. Tom Skerritt is disappointing as the chief of police, a role that he plays woodenly. He is upstaged by his sidekick (Daniel Baldwin). Jeremy is portrayed by Ferdinand Mayne, an actor well known to film-going audiences, with over 120 roles to his credit before his death in 1998.

Although this film was not initially well received, its continued presence on the 'Pick of the week' shelf at the video store proves that it may well become a 'cult' film. It is often in the top-100-rentals slot in many countries and it seems to appeal to a diverse range of people. While some of the supporting cast need acting lessons, its camera work and well co-ordinated plot make this an original and enjoyable 'who-dunnit'...and you really will be guessing to the end.

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