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The Dark Horse (2014)

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A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.
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Mana
Kirk Torrance ...
Noble
Miriama McDowell ...
Sandy
Barry Te Hira ...
Mutt
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Jedi
Wayne Hapi ...
Lyel Timu ...
Rangimarie
Te Ahorangi Retimana-Martin ...
Rusty
Calae Hignett-Morgan ...
Piripi
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Dave
Te Rua Rehu-Martin ...
Murray
Niwa Whatuira ...
Michael
Lionel Wellington ...
Rip
Wesley Broadfoot ...
Nathan
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A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

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Every piece has a purpose See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, and drug use | See all certifications »

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17 July 2014 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Genesis  »

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NZD 3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,487 (USA) (1 April 2016)

Gross:

$61,505 (USA) (29 April 2016)
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2.35 : 1
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At the request of writer/director James Napier Robertson, actor Cliff Curtis gained almost 60 pounds and stayed in character for the entirety of the shoot to portray Genesis. See more »

Goofs

In a chess lesson, Genesis identifies the square c4 as "the Spanish square" and b5 as "the Italian square." These are the squares to which white moves the king's bishop on the third move of the Giuoco Piano, or Italian Game, and the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish Game, respectively; he's got them backward. See more »

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Genesis: Burn the school down!
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Monster (2016) See more »

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Fantastic!
3 August 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I have grown weary of ratings over 8 recently and I want to let anyone reading this that I don't give out a 9 or 10 without thoughtful consideration. I developed this trepidation towards highly rated movies in the last few years in reaction to the incredible ratings that I have observed for Hollywood blockbusters in the last few years on review websites.

I go into films expecting to have my mind blown after seeing an 8 out of 10 rating, instead I'm am confronted with formulaic shtick. This film wholeheartedly deserves a 9 or 10 out of 10. It subtly puts across a plethora of social commentaries that will leave you thinking for days.

I am from New Zealand so found it very easy to identify with the characters but I am fairly confident it will come across to anyone from any background or nation. Cliff Curtis deserves to be on the international stage for his performance in this film.

Go and see it, you deserve it! To finally see an 8/9 out of 10 that is actually worthy of it. The group I saw this with was left quietly affected for hours. I suspect for days, I cannot confirm as I was only in this groups company for hours.


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