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Checkmate (2006)

Europe- 1939 Hitler has just invaded Poland and the Nazi party is running unchecked. Two friends hiding out in an old wine cellar find time for one more game of chess and a glass of wine as... See full summary »

Director:

Ash Taylor

Writer:

Ash Taylor
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ramsey Bell Ramsey Bell ... Kyle
Turner Crumbley ... Hans
Frank Dolansky Frank Dolansky ... Colonel Gunter
Ash Taylor ... Assassin
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Europe- 1939 Hitler has just invaded Poland and the Nazi party is running unchecked. Two friends hiding out in an old wine cellar find time for one more game of chess and a glass of wine as the war moves in. When another old friend pays them a visit - we learn that in this game of strategy and wits - everyone is a pawn. Written by Ash Taylor

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chess | world war two | See All (2) »

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Everyone is a pawn.

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Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA

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Budget:

$2,500 (estimated)
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Treelight Films See more »
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Color
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Very well done
18 November 2006 | by fdolanskySee all my reviews

This is one of the best-made shorts I've seen. The cinematography, the lighting, the directing, the acting, all working together to make a solid piece of work. Some may argue the dialogue is a little too sparse, but less is more in my opinion, and Ash Taylor did a great job with it. The sound effects were very effective as well, placed in just the right spots to keep the action moving in the places where there was no dialogue. The quality of the lighting and the cinematography gave it a real vintage, early WWII feel. The use of candles for much of the actual lighting, added a lot to the flavor of being there. Ramsey Bell and Turner Crumbly also did very commendable jobs with the few lines they had. Their presence kept the action moving from start to finish. This short movie is definitely worth giving a view.


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