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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 (as Clément Guyot)
Frederic Stromenger Frederic Stromenger ... Man In Elevator (as Frédéric Stromenger)
Mia-Luisa Schrader Mia-Luisa Schrader ... Girl in Elevator
Simon Jensen Simon Jensen ... Alec Bergland
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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Genres:

Drama

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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

The phone on Ms. Dearborn's desk is ivory/beige. Phones in 1958 were almost always black, especially in an institution of modest means such as an orphanage. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Shaibel: Girls do not play chess.
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Connections

Features The Robe (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Bringing In the Sheaves
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Written by Knowles Shaw
Performed by Rebecca Root and children
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Riveting, emotionally satisfying
28 October 2020 | by seunltdSee all my reviews

The Queen's Gambit is a stunner!. It's a compelling, emotionally satisfying story that unfolds beautifully, with finely-etched characters, riveting intensity and suspense, authentically-researched sets and costumes, perfectly-selected period songs that contribute to the moods and textures of each episode, and fine cinematography. Hooks you from the beginning. I watched all seven episodes in two evenings . . . and I don't even know or play chess!


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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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