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Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

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'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »


Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (archive footage)
David Edmonds ...
Himself - Author
Anthony Saidy ...
Himself (as Dr. Anthony Saidy)
David Shenk ...
Himself - Author
Gudmundur Thorarinsson ...
Himself - Match Organizer
Boris Spassky ...
Mikhail Tal ...
Himself (archive footage)
Garry Kasparov ...
Mikhail Botvinnik ...
Himself (archive footage)
Tigran Petrosian ...
Himself (archive footage)
Russell Targ ...
Larry Evans ...
Himself - Former Champion
Shelby Lyman ...


'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run. This film explores one of the most infamous and mysterious characters of the 20th century. Written by Anonymous

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Tracing the life of the troubled chess genius from brilliant beginning to troubled endgame. See more »


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6 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bobby Fischer mot världen  »

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Bobby Fischer passed away at the age of 64, which was ironically, the same number of fields on a chessboard. See more »


Larry Evans - Former Champion: Reportedly, Fischer's last words were: "Nothing is so healing as the human touch".
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.20 (2011) See more »

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Very Good Documentary
22 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bobby Fischer Against the World (2010)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another very good documentary from HBO, this one taking a look at the life and career of Bobby Fischer, the chess genius who rose to fame at an early age and really put the sport on the U.S. map when he defeated the Russian Spassky in 1972. Fischer's rise was quickly put out when he refused to defend his championship and the genius spent the rest of his life trying to hide from the public and apparently driving closer to madness. David Edmonds, Dr. Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar, Henry Kissinger, David Shenk, Malcolm Gladwell and Larry Evans are among the many people interviewed here as they try to explain what made Fischer a genius but also what eventually got him kick out of America. This is a very fascinating documentary because it really seems to be trying to tell the truth and not just sugar-coat some rather troubled moments in this man's life. It's clear that he was a genius at the game of chess and the documentary makes an interesting choice showing other great minds of the game who ended their lives in a mental breakdown. The majority of the running time is devoted to the Spassky match as we get a game-to-game breakdown of events, shown the important matches and also the various controversies that Fischer stirred up at the time. So, in reality, even in his greatest moments Fischer was still delivering controversy and upsetting people. Fans of chess, Fischer or those just interesting in great documentaries should really be entertained by this thing. The documentary doesn't really explain the rules of chess so some might want to read up a bit before going into the film but even if you know nothing the story is just so fascinating where it really doesn't matter.

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