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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)
Megan Leitch ...
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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When genius becomes twisted...Murder becomes the ultimate game [uk video cover] 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  »

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$923,418 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The video game in which Peter Sanderson defeats the CPU opponent is Battle Chess See more »


Midway through the film Peter Sanderson and Frank Sedman are conferring with a computer whiz. When we see a full view of the table that the men are standing around it's not Sedman but Tom Skerritt's stand-in - his face is in full view. See more »


David's father: I've got a drunk for a wife and a lunatic for a son. I don't need this shit anymore. You're crazy, both of you.
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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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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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