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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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  »

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 »


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 »


[last lines]
Peter Sanderson: Game's Over!
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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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A game of cat and mouse
2 August 1998 | by (Portland, USA) – See all my reviews

I really didn't know what to expect when I rented Knight Moves. A friend of mine knows that I loved thrillers and was surprised that I never saw it. This is a very well-made film. It had me guessing the whole time. The last 30 minutes are so tense that I almost dug a hole in the couch with my hands. It's funny how you see bits and pieces in other movies. When I was watching this film I kept thinking of se7en... but Knight Moves made several years before. Christopher Lambert was great as the Chess Master playing a game with a serial killer. He should do more films like this. The supporting cast was very good and Carl Schenkel's direction kept the film moving at a nice pace. I give it *** out of ****. If you like scary thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat, then this film is for you.

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