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Writers (WGA):
Fred Waitzkin (book)
Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 August 1993 (USA) See more »
Every journey begins with a single move.
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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As near perfect as any movie I've seen. See more (84 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Max Pomeranc ... Josh Waitzkin

Joe Mantegna ... Fred Waitzkin

Joan Allen ... Bonnie Waitzkin

Ben Kingsley ... Bruce Pandolfini

Laurence Fishburne ... Vinnie
Michael Nirenberg ... Jonathan Poe

Robert Stephens ... Poe's Teacher

David Paymer ... Kalev

Hal Scardino ... Morgan
Vasek Simek ... Russian Park Player

William H. Macy ... Tunafish Father

Dan Hedaya ... Tournament Director

Laura Linney ... School Teacher

Anthony Heald ... Fighting Parent
Steven Randazzo ... Man of Many Signals
Chelsea Moore ... Katya Waitzkin

Josh Mostel ... Chess Club Regular

Josh Kornbluth ... Chess Club Regular

Tony Shalhoub ... Chess Club Member

Austin Pendleton ... Asa Hoffman

Tom McGowan ... Reporter
Ona Fletcher ... Reporter
Kamran Shirazi ... Himself
Joel Benjamin ... Himself
Roman Dzindzichashvili ... Himself
Jerry Poe McClinton ... Park Player
Matt De Matt ... Night Park Player (as Matt De Matt Reines)
Robert Vincent Smith ... Washington Square Patzers (as Vincent Smith)
Jerry Rakow ... Washington Square Patzers
William Colgate ... Statistician

Tony De Santis ... Journalist
R.D. Reid ... Final Tournament Director
Anthony McGowen ... Park Dealer
Katya Waitzkin ... 82nd Girl
Ryder Fleming-Jones ... Petey
Harris Krofchick ... Running Chess Kid

John Bourgeois ... Gym Parent

Maria Ricossa ... Gym Parent
Caroline Yeager ... Screaming Mom
Andrew Sardella ... Josh's Syracuse Opponent
Nathan Carter ... Josh's Teammate
Nicholas Taylor ... Birthday Friend
Jonathan Fazio ... Birthday Friend
Nicky Mellina ... Birthday Friend
Philip Neiman ... Birthday Friend
Elizabeth Gropman ... Birthday Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Fischer ... Himself

Matt Birman ... Father (uncredited)
James Garrigan ... Cyclist (uncredited)
Bruce Pandolfini ... Man in Washington Park (uncredited)
Edd Scorpio ... Chess Competitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Zaillian 
Writing credits
Fred Waitzkin (book)

Steven Zaillian (screenplay)

Produced by
William Horberg .... producer
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
David Wisnievitz .... co-producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall 
Film Editing by
Wayne Wahrman 
Casting by
Tina Gerussi 
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
Gregory P. Keen 
Set Decoration by
Steve Shewchuk 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Paul R.J. Elliot .... hair stylist
Linda Gill .... makeup artist
Cynthia Patton .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
David Coatsworth .... unit production manager
Jonathan Filley .... unit production manager
Michael Tadross .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart Feldman .... dga trainee
Walter Gasparovic .... assistant director
Tony Gittelson .... assistant director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
Grant Lucibello .... third assistant director
Juan Ros .... second second assistant director
Rose Tedesco .... second second assistant director
Stuart Williams .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... assistant props: New York
Dennis Davenport .... first assistant art director
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator
Jason Herriott .... scenic artist
Peter Hudecki .... storyboard artist
Denis Kirkham .... set dresser
Doug McLean .... assistant art director
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Richard M. Snider .... key greens
Mark O'Donoghue .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Patrick Bietz .... sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... re-recording mixer
Desmond Cannon .... assistant sound editor
Paul Cartledge .... adr recordist
John Chalfant .... sound effects editor
Thierry J. Couturier .... sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Leslie Gaulin .... foley editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
Scott D. Jackson .... foley supervisor
David Lee .... sound mixer
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Sanjay Mehta .... cable puller
Scott Millan .... re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist
Paul O'Bryan .... assistant sound editor
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... re-recording mixer
Catherine Rowe .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Beth Sterner .... supervising sound editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Jason Board .... special effects
Bob Hall .... special effects
Troy Rundle .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (1993)
Ciaran Copelin .... second assistant camera
David Crone .... Steadicam operator
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip: new york
Tony Guerin .... assistant camera
Rob Hahn .... additional photographer (as Robert Hahn)
Rob Hahn .... camera operator (as Robert Hahn)
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Nils Johnson .... key video assist operator: New York
Andy Langevin .... rigging best boy
Jim MacCammon .... gaffer (as James MacCammon)
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera: New York
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Jim Reischl .... electric department
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Gerard Sava .... assistant camera
Randy Tambling .... key grip
Gary Deneault .... best boy (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Holder .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Henry J. Golas .... post-production
Debra Kahn Tolchinsky .... first assistant editor
Lynel Moore .... assistant editor (as Lynel Moore Cioffi)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Ronald Roose .... additional editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Dawn M. Stoliar .... assistant editor
Peter Watson .... assistant editor
Location Management
Maria T. Bierniak .... assistant location manager
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Daniel Strol .... location manager: New York
Douglas Tirola .... location manager
Music Department
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dave Marwick .... production driver
William L. Tataryn .... exclusive driver: Sir Ben Kingsley
Robert Tenaglia .... transportation captain
Other crew
Robert Dawson .... title designer
David Hummel .... production assistant
Michelle L. Keiser .... production assistant
Veronica Miller .... first assistant accountant
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
D. Gregor Hagey .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim McCarthy .... production accountant (uncredited)
Lisa Wilhoit .... additional voices (uncredited)

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Rated PG for thematic elements
109 min | Canada:93 min (Ontario)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Near the beginning of the movie, when Josh's mom picks him up from school, the shorter, brown-haired woman she is seen talking with briefly is the mother of the real Josh Waitzkin.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Josh hits the clock button at the start of his match with Jonathan, but in the next shot the button on his side is still raised.See more »
[first lines]
Josh Waitzkin:[about Bobby Fischer] In the days before the event, the whole world wondered if he would show up. Plane after plane waited on the runway, while he napped, took walks, and ate sandwiches. Henry Kissinger called and asked him to go for his country's honor. Soon after arriving...
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Is "Searching for Bobby Fischer" based on a book?
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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
As near perfect as any movie I've seen., 17 March 2003
Author: aslan23 from Los Angeles, CA USA

There are few movies I would call perfect in terms of script, photography, performance, and continuity. This is one of them. I have watched this film at least 8 times, and have seen something new in it every time.

This is based on a true story, and it is much more than a movie about parents demanding time, effort, and sacrifice of a child chess prodigy. This is about a seven-year-old boy who knows who he is, and resists adults attempts to make him into someone he is not. Max Pomeranc gives about the best performance I have ever seen by a child actor in the role of Joshua Waitzkin. Fortunately, Josh has a mother (played by Joan Allen) who recognizes Josh's innate goodness and protects him from those who want to change him. This movie is about a father (Joe Mangtegna) learning to respect and appreciate who his son is, instead of trying to make him into something he isn't.

I had seen the movie three times before I understood the title. The adults are searching for "the next Bobbie Fischer" (a television reporter in the film uses those words). Josh Waitzkin asserts to his teacher "I'm not him."

Watch this movie with your children!

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