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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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25 September 2015 (USA)  »

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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

When Bobby replays a game from a Russian chess magazine, the first moves are 1.h4 h5 (pushing the pawns on the edge of the board). In fact only amateurs' games start like this, not games of the masters as the ones published in the chess magazines. See more »

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Fischer and Spassky are shown drawing lots to determine who gets the white pieces first immediately before the first game. This actually took place five days before the first game. See more »

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Young Joan: He hates draws.
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Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival (as Credence Clearwater Revival)
Published by Jondora Music
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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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
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"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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