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

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$2,436,062 (USA) (11 December 2015)
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist, a list of the most liked unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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

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Bobby Fischer: If I criticize a priest, will I go to hell?
Father Bill Lombardy: Depends on if you believe in hell.
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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)
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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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It Should Say "Based on a true story?"
10 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found it very disappointing that the creators of this movie pointed Bobby Fischer out to be a lunatic rather than having the guts to make a more balanced, controversial film.

The Hollywood-tinted spectacles this film plops on the viewers faces fail to explain how Mr Fischer was used like a pawn himself before being cast into the darkness when his country was finished with him.

The film gave us a few tiny, weeny little clips right at the end to skip over the more important details of how he was treated after the Cold War.

He doesn't like chess, he is more interested in exposing the lies of the American Government.

He called out George Bush for being a lunatic and a law-breaker while passionately claiming all he wants is "the truth".

That doesn't sound like a raving madman to me, nor does being paranoid playing world championship chess against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Especially with a family from Russia.

The acting was fine, Spiderman and Wolverine's brother did well to keep their mutant abilities in check for some good chess.

I've given this movie 1 star primarily because it felt like Hollywood propaganda and a cowardly cop-out.

It should say "Based on a true story?"


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