Hershell & Thadeus, two chess-playing brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman. Hershell is a chess purist, the prodigal son, Thadeus a disciplined, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gonzales ...
Hershell Graves (as Chilly Gonzales)
Tiga Sontag ...
Thadeus Graves (as Tiga)
Marsha Thirteen
Nick the Coach
Angie Beck ...
Mother Graves
Lil' Hamm ...
CCC Host
CCC Cameraperson (as Feist)
John Beck ...
Joséphine Drai ...
Gera Mellis ...
Girl in the Park
Malcolm Nichols ...
Boy in the Park #1
Benjamin Orrego ...
Boy in the Park #2
Jessamyn Horsman ...
Manicure / Pedicure Girl
Gina D'Orio ...
Hershell's Girlfriend Berlin
Pilo Adrian Ilea ...
Bookstore Owner Berlin


Hershell & Thadeus, two chess-playing brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman. Hershell is a chess purist, the prodigal son, Thadeus a disciplined, ruthless competitor. After 4 nomadic years in Europe, in quixotic pursuit of 'Jazz Chess' (chess for chess' sake, no winner, no loser, only beautiful positions), Hershell returns home. Thadeus is a successful but arrogant Canadian Chess Champion engaged to marry Marsha, Hershell's former sweetheart. Hershell challenges Thaddeus in the next Canadian Chess Championship. During the final match,Thadeus is flustered by Hershell's Zen-like demeanor, and sets himself up for certain defeat. But instead, Hershell uses the principle of Jazz Chess to force a draw. Marsha admires Hershell's selfless move, but leaves - she won't be either brothers' trophy. Written by Anonymous

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Perfect parody of cheesy.. uhm, I mean chessy sports movies
29 September 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I wanted to see Ivory Tower because I admire Chilly Gonzales and his music. Especially his album with the same name is one of my favorites of his. I know a bit about Gonzales' philosophy concerning music, he is above all a pop-man, he enjoys the structure of pop-songs and adds his genius to it. He expresses his philosophy perfectly in this movie. It's just like any stereotypical Hollywood sports movie and he mocks this genre perfectly: The way they play chess has nothing to do with reality and the characters are extremely stereotypical. Thad, the sports jock and maniac; Hershel, the outsider with talent; Marsha, the girlfriend etc. I found the acting by Gonzales, considering that this was his first movie, just great. Tiga Sontag was absolutely hilarious and did a great job, as well. I also liked how some actors were complete amateurs, which gave the movie a certain charm. So, if you like parodies, some light humour and good music this movie is for you.

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