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Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edward Zinoviev ...
Efim Geller
Iivo Nei
Carmine Nigro
Lothar Schmid


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La jugada maestra  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Of the famous chess games between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, producer Gail Katz' said: "It was the most important thing going on during a time when there were incredible political events happening in the world. I remember the top of the news every night was about what happened that day in Reykjavik [in Iceland]. Nothing like that has happened since. We were so aware that there had never been an American world champion. Here came a brash young upstart from Brooklyn [in New York, USA], who became a rock star. He was the perfect American hero for the time. His reputation for being difficult only added to the aura." See more »


The auditorium's emergency exit signs in multiple shots are modern designs not utilized in 1972 when the film takes place. See more »


Young Joan: He hates draws.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


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One of the surprise movies of the year that deserves a bigger audience than it will get. I really enjoyed this & recommend it
23 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bobby won't crack, he will explode." Ever since he was a young boy Bobby Fischer (Maguire) has been obsessed with chess. His dream of becoming the youngest world champion ever has been crushed by the Russian's way of playing and he slowly starts to lose his mind. Wanting to prove to everyone, and himself that is is the best in the world he sets up a series of matches with Boris Spassky (Schreiber), the best player in the world. As the match draws closer Fischer begins to descend further into madness and it starts to affect his ability to play. I knew very little about the real story of Bobby Fischer before watching this so most of this was new to me. For a movie about chess I have to say the movie was actually pretty exciting to watch, and Maguire really surprised me with his acting. I'm not sure how historically accurate this is but watching it the tenseness was there and you really felt uncomfortable for and with Bobby. One of the surprise movies of the year that deserves a bigger audience than it will get. I really enjoyed this and recommend it. Overall, great acting and great drama. More movies like this should be made. I give it an A-.

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