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Dangerous Moves (1984)

La diagonale du fou (original title)
During the Cold War, the World Chess Championship clashed complete opposites - personal and political.

Director:

Richard Dembo

Writer:

Richard Dembo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Akiva Liebskind
Alexandre Arbatt ... Pavius Fromm
Liv Ullmann ... Marina Fromm
Leslie Caron ... Henia Liebskind
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Le grand maître Felton - l'équipe de Fromm
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Miller, l'équipe de Fromm
Daniel Olbrychski ... Tac-Tac, l'équipe de Liebskind
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... Foldes
Michel Aumont ... Stepan Ivanovitch Kerossian - l'équipe de Liebskind
Pierre Michaël Pierre Michaël ... Yachvili
Serge Avedikian Serge Avedikian ... Fadenko
Pierre Vial Pierre Vial ... Anton Heller
Bernhard Wicki ... Pühl
Jacques Boudet ... Stuffli
Benoît Régent Benoît Régent ... Barabal
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Storyline

Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also dealing with a declining health while the young and restless genius Pavius has defected to the West to escape from the Communism tentacles. Their differences will be put to test while they're both competing in the World Chess Championship, with a huge prize at stake just as much as the political ideologies behind those characters. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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The drama of two men fighting the supreme battle of the mind.

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Drama | Sport | Thriller

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Trivia

In the final game, Pavius and Akiva play the French Defence / Paulsen Attack. The moves are as follows: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Nh6 8. Nc3 Nf5 9. Na4 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Qa5 11. Bc3 b5 12. a3 Bxc3+ 13. Nxc3 b4 14. axb4 Qxb4 The film ends here; at this point, it is much too early in the game to determine who will win. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Liebskind describes a move as "Rook to G-10". There is no G-10 on the chessboard; the numbers only go to 8. This error is in the subtitles only and was a mistranslation; the actual line ends with "huit", French for eight. See more »

Quotes

Akiva Liebskind: Put it out that cigarette, Gennadi Ivanovitch.
Stepan Ivanovitch Kerossian - l'équipe de Liebskind: But I'm not even smoking it, Akiva Israelovitch.
Akiva Liebskind: It's a threat to me, I suppose. In chess, the threat is stronger than the execution.
Stepan Ivanovitch Kerossian - l'équipe de Liebskind: [after a long pause while both are playing chess] Still enjoy winning from me?
Akiva Liebskind: I taste the sweet victories and I taste the bitter defeats.
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Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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A great game of chess
23 May 2001 | by lionel.willoquetSee all my reviews

Geneva welcomes the 23rd world chess championship, which sees the confrontation of the Soviet citizen Michel Piccoli, unconquered for 12 years, with his young fellow countryman, now a refugee in the West, Alexandre Arbatt, winner (conqueror) of the " tournament of the candidates "... The chess is only an excuse for a political tussle, the real game taking place gently in the wings in an East-West confrontation. The whole thing is perhaps a little dated.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

24 May 1985 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,500,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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