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Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  16 September 2015 (USA)
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American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.

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In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. 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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Both Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber have played Marvel comic book characters before starring together in this film. Maguire played Peter Parker/Spider-Man from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Schrieber played Sabertooth/Victor Creed from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. See more »

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

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Smear Job
4 August 2015 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I have never seen worse casting in my life. Douchebag Tobey Maguire (5'9'') looks nothing like Fischer (6'2''). Fischer's height was imposing and gave him a physiological advantage that intimidated his opponents - all of which is lost with a midget playing the former world champion. For all the offensive things Fischer said later in life he never once looked schizophrenic or crazy in any of the archival footage of him. He always looked cocky, arrogant or at worse slightly awkward. Nothing against Zwick who is Jewish and I am sure was offended by Fischer's anti-semitic rants but this film looks like a disgusting smear job trying to rewrite history. Fischer's story needs to be told authentically not like this. Just about every biography does a better job with who he was because the alleged negatives about his character are almost all told third person and not acted out.


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