'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »
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At one point Fischer describes the Soviet school of chess: "Russians are like boa constrictors; if you do nothing, they strangle you to death. If you confuse them, battle them from all angles, then all they can do is react", suggesting they were all extremely positional and not given to initiative. It is not clear what year he is saying this words, but it is not an accurate description of the Soviets of his time. It fits like a glove the style of Tigran Petrosian (World Champion from 1963 to 1969), but it is the opposite of the games of Mikhail Tal (WC 1960-1961), famous for his speculative sacrifices and far more offensive then Fischer himself. The other two Soviet champions of the era, Botvinnik and Spassky, were famous for their "all around" style, balanced between initiative and defense. It is safe to say that Fischer, an avid student of Soviet chess, was well acquainted with the styles of all those great players, and would not lump them together. See more »
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Man chatting with Donna at 1:36:14:
Spassky took his bishop!
I took his virginity.
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In the closing credits, the name of the character Cyril (played by Shawn Campbell) is misspelled "Cryil". See more »
Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Written by John Williams
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I was bit skeptic on whether I should watch this movie or not.There has been so much of slamming of this movie.It did not even have a wide release.But thank God, I dared to watch.It is one of most intense movies of recent times.From the beginning,your eyes remain glued to the screen.The historic match between Spassky and Fisher has been depicted so vividly, that at times you forget that you are watching a movie.Tobey Maguire has been criticized a lot for his portrayal of the legendary chess player.But I found him too good.His acting was as intense as this movie.The frowning, the clenching, the swing of mood everything was made so much believable.Liev Shreiber, too has done a commendable job as Spassky.The cinematography is excellent.The close shots deserve to be mentioned in particular.Finally, a good film from a brilliant director like Zwick after a pause.Do not miss this movie.
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