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Die Grünstein-Variante (1985)

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Complete credited cast:
Fred Düren Fred Düren ... Grünstein
Klaus Schwarzkopf ... Spiros, Grieche
Jörg Gudzuhn Jörg Gudzuhn ... Lodeck
Rolf Hoppe ... Gefängnisdirektor
Arno Wyzniewski Arno Wyzniewski ... Kaminski
Rolf Ludwig ... Garstecki
Willi Schrade Willi Schrade ... Wärter
Hubert Gleißner Hubert Gleißner ... Wärter (as Hubert Gleissner)


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19 April 1985 (West Germany) See more »

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La variante Grünstein See more »

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intriguing chess-as-metaphor movie
25 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Three prisoners in a pre-World War Two French jail occupy the long hours before their courtroom trials, each after his own fashion: the young German sailor Lodeck teaches chess to the elderly Jew Grünstein, while their simpleminded Greek cellmate daydreams aloud about being Kaiser Wilhelm's personal chef. Showing more patience than aptitude, the novice Grünstein unwittingly stumbles onto a foolproof chess strategy, the secret of which will elude a mystified Lodeck for the rest of his life. It may play like theater, but it's good theater, written and directed with humor and sympathy and graced by a trio of fine performances.

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