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Knight Moves (1992)

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A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer ... See full summary »

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Carl Schenkel

Writer:

Brad Mirman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Codie Lucas Wilbee Codie Lucas Wilbee ... David, 9 Years Old
Joshua Murray Joshua Murray ... Peter, 14 Years Old (as Josh Murray)
Frank C. Turner ... Doctor
Don Thompson ... Father
Megan Leitch ... Mother
Christopher Lambert ... Peter Sanderson
Alex Diakun ... Grandmaster Lutz
Ferdy Mayne ... Jeremy Edmonds (as Ferdinand Mayne)
Katharine Isabelle ... Erica Sanderson (as Katherine Isobel)
Mark Wilson ... Newscaster
Kehli O'Byrne ... Debi Rutlege
Daniel Baldwin ... Det. Andy Wagner
Tom Skerritt ... Capt. Frank Sedman
Blu Mankuma ... Steve Nolan
Monica Marko Monica Marko ... Miss Greenwell
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Storyline

A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer urging him to try and figure out the game, he cooperates with police and a psychologist to try and catch the killer, but doubts linger about the grandmaster's innocence as the string of grisly murders continues. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

When genius becomes twisted...Murder becomes the ultimate game [uk video cover] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face to Face See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$923,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,668,149
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to Christopher Lambert's popularity in Europe, the film was released theatrically first in the UK, Asia and Australia before being sent to the theaters in the US. See more »

Goofs

Erica is seen playing Super Mario Bros.3 on the PC, but the game is not available on the PC. It was only released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayChoice-10 and Game Boy Advance. See more »

Quotes

David: Pain. Pain is just a state of mind. It's something you learn to live with; I have.
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Alternate Versions

The European cut of the film runs approximately 11 minutes longer and goes into greater detail about the relationship between Peter and his dead wife. Several of the dialogue scenes also run longer. The US cut was shortened to speed up the pace and make the film more action-packed. See more »

Connections

References Night Moves (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

I Put A Spell On You
Composed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Hawkins)/Herb Slotkin (as Slotkin) (United Artists)
Performed by Carol Kenyon
Produced by Anne Dudley
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A game of cat and mouse
2 August 1998 | by cinebuffetSee all my reviews

I really didn't know what to expect when I rented Knight Moves. A friend of mine knows that I loved thrillers and was surprised that I never saw it. This is a very well-made film. It had me guessing the whole time. The last 30 minutes are so tense that I almost dug a hole in the couch with my hands. It's funny how you see bits and pieces in other movies. When I was watching this film I kept thinking of se7en... but Knight Moves made several years before. Christopher Lambert was great as the Chess Master playing a game with a serial killer. He should do more films like this. The supporting cast was very good and Carl Schenkel's direction kept the film moving at a nice pace. I give it *** out of ****. If you like scary thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat, then this film is for you.


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