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The Queen's Gambit 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2020)
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Orphaned at the tender age of nine, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But child stardom comes at a price.
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Series cast summary:
Anya Taylor-Joy ...  Beth Harmon 7 episodes, 2020
Chloe Pirrie ...  Alice Harmon 6 episodes, 2020
Bill Camp ...  Mr. Shaibel 5 episodes, 2020
Marielle Heller ...  Alma Wheatley 5 episodes, 2020
Marcin Dorocinski ...  Vasily Borgov 5 episodes, 2020
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ...  Benny Watts 4 episodes, 2020
Moses Ingram ...  Jolene 4 episodes, 2020
Harry Melling ...  Harry Beltik 4 episodes, 2020
Isla Johnston ...  Young Beth Harmon 4 episodes, 2020
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ...  D.L. Townes 4 episodes, 2020
Dolores Carbonari ...  Margaret 4 episodes, 2020
Janina Elkin ...  Borgov's Wife 4 episodes, 2020
Matthew Dennis Lewis ...  Matt 4 episodes, 2020
Russell Dennis Lewis ...  Mike 4 episodes, 2020
Patrick Kennedy ...  Allston Wheatley 3 episodes, 2020
Christiane Seidel ...  Helen Deardorff 3 episodes, 2020
Akemnji Ndifornyen ...  Mr. Fergusson 3 episodes, 2020
Annabeth Kelly ...  Five-Year-Old Beth 3 episodes, 2020
Andruscha Hilscher Andruscha Hilscher ...  Russian / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Iskander Madjitov Iskander Madjitov ...  Another Russian 3 episodes, 2020
Sergio Di Zio ...  Beth's Father 3 episodes, 2020
Rebecca Root ...  Miss Lonsdale 2 episodes, 2020
Clement Guyot Clement Guyot ...  Tournament Director 2 episodes, 2020
Zoe Hoche Zoe Hoche ...  Girl #1 2 episodes, 2020
Frederic Stromenger Frederic Stromenger ...  Man In Elevator / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Sophie McShera ...  Miss Graham 2 episodes, 2020
Katherine Towe Katherine Towe ...  Girl #2 2 episodes, 2020
Mia-Luisa Schrader Mia-Luisa Schrader ...  Girl in Elevator 2 episodes, 2020
Laura Danne Laura Danne ...  Jolene's Friend 2 episodes, 2020
Nina Herzberg Nina Herzberg ...  Margaret's Friend 2 episodes, 2020
Elvis Nowatzki Elvis Nowatzki ...  Margaret's Boyfriend 2 episodes, 2020
Richard Waugh ...  Mr. Bradley 2 episodes, 2020
Marian Meder Marian Meder ...  Mr. Espero 2 episodes, 2020
Frieda Raab Frieda Raab ...  Apple Pi Girl #1 2 episodes, 2020
Josepha Walter Josepha Walter ...  Local Makeout Girl 2 episodes, 2020
Emma Henker Emma Henker ...  Giggling Girl #1 2 episodes, 2020
William Horberg ...  Toby 2 episodes, 2020
Alva Schäfer Alva Schäfer ...  Apple Pi Girl #3 2 episodes, 2020
Marlene Leinemann Marlene Leinemann ...  Apple Pi Girl #4 2 episodes, 2020
Matteo Vinogradov Matteo Vinogradov ...  Borgov's Child 2 episodes, 2020
Max Krause Max Krause ...  Levertov 2 episodes, 2020
Ryan Wichert ...  Hilton Wexler 2 episodes, 2020
Eloise Webb ...  Annette Packer 2 episodes, 2020
Millie Brady ...  Cleo 2 episodes, 2020
Rebecca Dyson-Smith ...  Stewardess 2 episodes, 2020
Zoé Hoche Zoé Hoche ...  Girl #1 2 episodes, 2020
Lucy Ella von Scheele Lucy Ella von Scheele ...  Apple Pi Girl #2 2 episodes, 2020
Felice ...  Marceno / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Philipp Droste Philipp Droste ...  Tournament Director 2 episodes, 2020
Jonathan Failla ...  Dick Evans / ... 2 episodes, 2020

Anya Taylor-Joy Eyes the Endgame in "Queen's Gambit"

Anya Taylor-Joy and the cast of "The Queen's Gambit" compare the passion they find in their careers with the drive that the show's lead character Beth has for chess. They also discuss the positive and negative life lessons they've learned from the game.

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Nine year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. Based on the book by Walter Tevis.

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This was meant to be Heath Ledger's directorial debut with Ellen Page in the lead role in 2008. See more »


Much of the music played on the piano by the stepmother is by French composer Erik Satie. Although Satie had died in the 1920s, his music went into obscurity until it was rediscovered in the mid-1960s. It is highly unlikely that the character would have been able to find his music in a Kentucky music store in the 1950s. See more »


Harry Beltik: Anger's a potent spice. A pinch wakes you up. Too much dulls your senses.
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Outstanding production, Compelling story, Inner lives of the characters expertly laid bare.
23 October 2020 | by bilesbrentSee all my reviews

Top to bottom, scenic design, wardrobe, direction and casting, this is a top notch production. The acting is seamless and the characters embody their roles perfectly.

One couldn't hope for a more original or more compelling story. As you might expect from the title, Chess plays a central role, and the author's use of the game as an extended metaphor shifts in ways both nuanced and explosive. For any thinking person, this series is sure to delight.

In my opinion, strong characterization always provides the best entertainment. The producers of "The Queen's Gambit" tackle the tough task of creating a compelling story from the inner lives of the characters. Granted, they are working from an excellent novel, but oftentimes, attempts to bring works that center around the mental, rather than the physical journey of the central character fail miserably. In this case, the producers deserve the highest praise. If you like thoughtful stories that expose the inner lives of the characters, don't miss this one.

The show, while generally acceptable for children, contains several adult themes, so parental guidance is recommended.

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Release Date:

23 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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