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Knight Moves (1992)

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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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Peter Sanderson
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Capt. Frank Sedman
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David, 9 Years Old
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Peter, 14 Years Old (as Josh Murray)
Frank C. Turner ...
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Grandmaster Lutz
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Jeremy Edmonds (as Ferdinand Mayne)
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Erica Sanderson (as Katherine Isobel)
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Debi Rutlege
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Steve Nolan
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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 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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In a game of life and death... one wrong move could be his last... See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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22 January 1993 (USA)  »

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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 »

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During the fight scene with the water coming down, you can see a crew member with his camera covered in a clear tarp on the right side of the screen. See more »

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Kathy Sheppard: I've always wanted to learn how to play chess. It seems like a complicated game.
Peter Sanderson: Well, not really. You see your goal and go after it. Anything that gets in the way is an obstacle and must be destroyed.
Kathy Sheppard: Sounds very violent...
Peter Sanderson: Chess is a reflexion of life, life is violent. The strong win, the weak perish.
Kathy Sheppard: You enjoy being the stronger one?
Peter Sanderson: If you're asking me if I'm passionate about what I do, the answer is yes. Without passion, nothing moves us.
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Fool That I Am
Composed by Floyd Hunt (as Hunt) (Intersong USA)
Performed by Carol Kenyon
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Curious thriller plays like an Italian 'giallo'
21 December 2004 | by (Co. Durham, UK) – See all my reviews

KNIGHT MOVES

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Sound format: Dolby Stereo

Filmed on grim Canadian locations by German director Carl Schenkel (OUT OF ORDER), this curious psycho-thriller has the look and feel of an Italian giallo, despite the American setting. All the elements are in place: Christopher Lambert plays a chess grandmaster targeted by a serial killer who leaves obscure one-word messages at the scene of his/her crimes, hoping to draw Lambert into a lethal game of cat and mouse. That the murders are based on well-known chess manoeuvres should come as no surprise to seasoned thriller addicts, and nor should the killer's identity, which is betrayed by a seemingly throwaway bit of business near the beginning of the film (not a spoiler - only the truly attentive will spot it). Brad Mirman's convoluted script bends over backwards to cast suspicion on Lambert throughout (which means it *can't* be him - or can it?), but the narrative is undermined by some poorly-drawn characters, and everyone but Tom Skerritt - as the detective leading the investigation - seems to be coasting through proceedings on auto-pilot. The murders aren't explicitly detailed, and Schenkel goes out of his way to avoid crowd-pleasing exploitation, which rather curbs the film's commercial emphasis. But at least it's never dull, and the climax is reasonably proficient, complete with overwrought thunderstorm and psycho with a mommy complex! Daniel Baldwin exaggerates wildly as a macho cop determined to nail Lambert for the crimes, while Ferdinand Mayne hovers in the background, making the most of a glorified cameo as the hero's blind mentor.


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