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

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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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Beuscher: Is there any possibility that this is uh... some kind of uh... very advanced... I mean, we just gave up a queen to get his queen and now we're basically just... um...
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15 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shot in grainy black-and-white, the ultra-low budget "Computer Chess" is the type of movie that gives art films a bad name among audiences who never go to art films. Slow-moving, meandering and technically unpolished (to put it mildly), it might be of interest to anyone who has a fascination with computers, chess or possibly both. Anyone else will likely be bored to tears by this static tale of a group of early '80s nerds attending a tournament designed to determine which tech team has come up with the most effective computer chess program.

The movie is obviously intended as a satire of sorts about the ancient days of computer technology and those who have an easier time interacting with technology than with their fellow human beings. It also makes fun of Man's relentless quest to create artificial intelligence, but the whole thing is so lacking in clarity, energy and humor that I imagine that half the audience will have drifted out of the theater long before the midway point, while the other half will be in too much of a stupor to get up and leave.


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