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Computer Chess (2013)

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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kriss Schludermann ...
ADVANTAGE Member
Tom Fletcher ...
DEEP SPEED Member
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Beuscher
Patrick Riester ...
Bishton
Kevin Bewersdorf ...
Cameraman
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MONSIEUR D'ECHECS member
Jim Lewis ...
John
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CAPA X Member
Myles Paige ...
Papageorge
Gerald Peary ...
Henderson
James Curry ...
Carbray
Bob Sabiston ...
McVey
S. Kirk Walsh ...
Hotel Clerk
Daniel Metz ...
Reini Urban (as Daniel C. Metz)
Stephen Wheeler ...
Panel Skeptic
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Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Written by Production

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An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

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$3,000 (USA) (16 August 2013)

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$101,218 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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Pauline: Peter, did you ever stop and ask yourself how many squares are on a chess board?
Bishton: 64. It's an 8 by 8 grid.
Pauline: Well... but don't you see how limited that is?
Bishton: No, it's actually very complex once you start to think about it as a programming problem. Just the number of possible games explodes exponentially with each move, it's close to 10 to the 120th power. And to try and compute all those games might take even longer than humanity would be around to do so.
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Chess & People
15 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just like a chess game has almost endless possibilities, so do people. In "Computer Chess" set decades ago, a bunch of mostly nerdy introverts assemble to test their chess programs in competition. The programs are pretty awful, with some amazing glitches evident in the games played (by contrast, today's chess programs are killer). "Computer Chess" is set in a hotel and we encounter other folks no less strange in their own way. Surprisingly good theater in this film - lots of quiet laughs as people and their strangenesses interact - or not. Really shades of both Kafka and Andy Warhol. Two unexpected encounters at the end of the movie wrap it up very well. The batter takes the first pitch for a called strike, but the second pitch winds up in the bleachers.


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