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Sent to an orphanage at age 9, Beth develops an uncanny knack for chess and a growing dependence on the green tranquilizers given to the children.

Director:

Scott Frank

Writers:

Scott Frank (created by), Allan Scott (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Beth Harmon
Bill Camp ... Mr. Shaibel
Moses Ingram ... Jolene
Isla Johnston ... Young Beth Harmon
Christiane Seidel ... Helen Deardorff
Rebecca Root ... Miss Lonsdale
Chloe Pirrie ... Alice Harmon
Akemnji Ndifornyen ... Mr. Fergusson
Clement Guyot Clement Guyot ... Tournament Director
Frederic Stromenger Frederic Stromenger ... Man In Elevator
Mia-Luisa Schrader Mia-Luisa Schrader ... Girl in Elevator
Simon Jensen Simon Jensen ... Alec Berglano
Marcin Dorocinski ... Vasily Borgov
Andruscha Hilscher Andruscha Hilscher ... Russian Voice
Iskander Madjitov Iskander Madjitov ... Another Russian
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Sent to an orphanage at age 9, Beth develops an uncanny knack for chess and a growing dependence on the green tranquilizers given to the children.

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Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Trivia

The poem being read in class roughly halfway through this episode is "Not Waving but Drowning" by British poet Stevie Smith. It was published in 1957 as part of a collection of the same title. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Shaibel first introduces Beth to a Queen Pawn Game Opening (d4 in algebraic notation), he says the opening is the "Queen's Gambit". In fact, the opening is not considered the Queen's gambit unless it continues 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 (or c6). Until then, it could be any number of less popular continuations of the Queens Pawn Game opening, such as London System, Tompowsky Attack, Stonewall Attack, Colle System, etc. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Shaibel: You'll need to learn chess notation before you can read it. The names of the squares. I will teach you now.
Young Beth Harmon: Am I good enough now?
Mr. Shaibel: How old are you?
Young Beth Harmon: Nine.
Mr. Shaibel: Nine years old.
Young Beth Harmon: I'll be ten in November.
Mr. Shaibel: I'll tell you the truth of it child. You're astounding.
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Connections

Features The Robe (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Nearer, My God, to Thee
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Written by Sarah F. Adams
Performed by Rebecca Root and children
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The best polit I've seen in some while!
9 November 2020 | by ashishhsunnySee all my reviews

The child actor who played Elizabeth was brilliant. It was surprisingly funny and intense at the same time. Overall a great start, now I cant help but to watch the next episode. I cant vouch for the entire season just yet, but looking at the imdb ratings for the other episodes, looks like its only gonna get better!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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