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Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (1978)

A scientist who swore off playing chess after a nervous breakdown as a boy wunderkind, creates an undefeated chess program. But the Russian world champ beats Tommy Rosemund's masterwork in ... See full summary »


Wolfgang Petersen


Jochen Wedegärtner (teleplay), Karl Heinz Willschrei (teleplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Ganz ... Thomas Rosemund
Gila von Weitershausen ... Marie Rosemund
René Deltgen ... Lindford
Ljuba Tadic ... Stefan Koruga (as Ljubo Tadic)
Alexander Hegarth ... Vater Rosemund
Joachim Wichmann ... Grünfeld
Markus Helis Markus Helis ... Thomas als Kind
Elke Schuessler Elke Schuessler ... Marie als Kind
Gudrun Vaupel Gudrun Vaupel ... Mutter Rosemund
Eberhard Stanjek Eberhard Stanjek ... Moderator
Alexis von Hagemeister Alexis von Hagemeister ... Wilke
Annemarie Wendl Annemarie Wendl ... Ärztin
Anton Petje Anton Petje
Sandi Colnik Sandi Colnik
France Severkar France Severkar
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A scientist who swore off playing chess after a nervous breakdown as a boy wunderkind, creates an undefeated chess program. But the Russian world champ beats Tommy Rosemund's masterwork in a televised match. So the West German mathematician becomes a top chess pro himself, which the West German media boast will prove the superiority of Germany and democracy. The jowly, white-faced Rosemund believes that the entire Red Communist bloc is out to stop him from vanquishing their atheist pretty boy, Stefan Koruga, to become the next Bobby Fischer and a symbol that capitalism is preferable to socialism. Written by David Stevens

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Best film on Chess
20 October 2001 | by vpadgettSee all my reviews

This is a brilliant film, and captures the combat and obsession of chess. Bruno Ganz plays an amalgamation of Steinitz, Morphy, and Fischer. One great line is his sister's: "Ha Ha, Mom took your board way and you can't play anymore!" The scene has the young future GM staring at the floor blankly, after his parents decided he was obsessed and hid his board. He looks up at says simply "I don't need a board."

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13 September 1978 (West Germany) See more »

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