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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.

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Richard Dembo

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Richard Dembo
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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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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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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

Pavius Fromm: Check. Check.
Akiva Liebskind: Mate! Mate!
[wins one match]
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Connections

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

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Interesting but definitely not for everyone.
22 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Dangerous Moves" is a French film that in some ways is a fictionalization involving the chess champ, Bobby Fischer mixed with some Cold War dramatics. The film is about a long-anticipated match between a Russian Grand Champion (Liebskind) and a Russian expatriate Grand Champion (Fromm). Liebskind is older and ill--and he and the agents from his country are trying to hide this from everyone. Fromm is a nut-case (like Fischer)--very, very, very demanding and amazingly neurotic. Neither man likes the other and due to Fromm's weird antics, it's not even certain that the match will take place. And, when it does, both players threaten to derail it repeatedly.

The film is an interesting character study of two seriously disturbed and difficult to like men. I appreciated this, as most films feature more one-dimensional and predictable characters. However, many will blanch at the film's slow pacing and that so much of the film takes place at the match--making it a hard-sell to most viewers--plus there is no hero to root for--just two very determined oddballs. It is very good but also for a very narrow audience. Worth seeing, though, if you are very patient or have a background working in mental health. Otherwise, there might just be some better French films you might want to see first.


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Language:

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Release Date:

24 May 1985 (USA) See more »

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