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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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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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22 January 1993 (USA)  »

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In this film, Lambert's character is accused of the murder spree which his lover is one of the victim. In Christopher Lambert's earlier film "Highlander", Connor McLeod/Russell Nash (Lambert) is arrested and accused of the Headhunter killing spree in New York City, when McLeod beheads immortal Iman Fasil. See more »

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After the 'carefully' murder, there is an attempted murder on Kathy. And somewhere later on, he is taken into custody and writes the words on the blackboard, all six: Remember Eventually Revenge Is Carefully Arranged. But the Arranged murder never happens. See more »

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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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References Night Moves (1975) See more »

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I Put A Spell On You
Composed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Hawkins)/Herb Slotkin (as Slotkin) (United Artists)
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Produced by Anne Dudley
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Excellent mystery who-dunnit!
4 July 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Excellent film who-dunnit. The setting of a chess tournament as a backdrop for the various murders is unusual. Constantly kept guessing as to whether the "hero" is in fact the murderer, until the very end where the killer is revealed.

Christopher Lambert as the chess master plays out his anguish well as the evidence pointing to him builds to the point where the police believe he did it. The slips of the tongue from Lambert also give the impression he 'could' be the killer... But is he? Diane Lane is good as usual, not a lot is asked of Tom Skerrit so he doesn't give a lot as the police chief. Baldwin is good as the prejudiced cop who takes a serious dislike to Lambert's character.

Worth watching the first time for your own pleasure. Watch it a second time with someone who hasn't seen it before to see their reactions to the mystery!


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