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Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.

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During the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Written by Bleecker Street

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In 1972, Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking | See all certifications »

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25 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Bauernopfer - Spiel der Könige  »

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$202,053 (USA) (18 September 2015)

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$2,436,062 (USA) (11 December 2015)
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Trivia

Tobey Maguire played the son of Joan Allen in two films: The Ice Storm (1997) and Pleasantville (1998). Allen played the mother of a Chess prodigy in Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993). See more »

Goofs

Paul Morphy didn't commit suicide; he died of a stroke at age 47. See more »

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Paul Marshall: [entering the room during another one of Bobby's rants] What are we talking about?
Father Bill Lombardy: The Jews.
Paul Marshall: Huh...
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References Bedtime for Bonzo (1951) See more »

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I'm a Man
Written by Jimmy Miller (as James Miller) and Steve Winwood (as Steve Windwood)
Performed by Spencer Davis Group (as The Spencer Davis Group)
Published by Kobalt Music Copyrights
Administered by Kolbalt Music Publishing American, Inc.
Universal Songs of Polygram International, Inc. on behalf of Universal/Island Music Ltd
Courtesy of Wincraft Music. Inc.
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Better Than Expected, Great Subject Matter.
31 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Was hesitant to watch this - didn't like the casting of Maguire as Fischer. Ended up watching it anyway out of curiosity as this story has intrigued me for many years. I still think Maguire was the wrong choice to play Fischer. I would like to have seen Ryan Gosling or a younger Josh Lucas attempt it. At least somebody who could carry off that particular New York accent as that was one of his hallmarks for me. But that notwithstanding, if Tobey was the only choice available then I think he did a hell of a good job. I really enjoyed this. Edward Zwick knows how to put a movie together. Great supporting performances from Sarsgaard, Stuhlbarg and Schreiber. Having followed the story before I got the general impression they were trying to remain faithful to what happened at the chess championship in '72. I'm not sure how much of the mental illness stuff I buy. Clearly there was some kind of paranoia going on there - and the film deals with that well - but I think a lot is projected onto this after the fact. Secondary gains. A lot is conveniently bundled into the mental illness bucket which may just have just been the man's world view. And I think that is disrespectful to a brilliant man who is no longer here to defend himself. But that's not so much a criticism of the film as the general view of Fischer out there now. That said, I think this particular film probably handled it more respectfully than most would have done. So overall it was a lot better than expected. Definitely worth a watch - it's an extraordinary real life story about the extremes of obsession required to compete at that level, and the toll that it can, and often does, take. A subject not too often tackled in a world that worships competition for prizes.


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