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Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

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'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 »


Liz Garbus
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Fischer ... Self (archive footage)
David Edmonds David Edmonds ... Self - Author
Anthony Saidy Anthony Saidy ... Self (as Dr. Anthony Saidy)
Susan Polgar Susan Polgar ... Self
Henry Kissinger ... Self
David Shenk David Shenk ... Self - Author
Gudmundur Thorarinsson Gudmundur Thorarinsson ... Self - Match Organizer
Boris Spassky Boris Spassky ... Self
Mikhail Tal Mikhail Tal ... Self (archive footage)
Garry Kasparov Garry Kasparov ... Self
Mikhail Botvinnik Mikhail Botvinnik ... Self (archive footage)
Tigran Petrosian Tigran Petrosian ... Self (archive footage)
Russell Targ Russell Targ ... Self
Larry Evans Larry Evans ... Self - Former Champion
Shelby Lyman Shelby Lyman ... Self


'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, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run. This film explores one of the most infamous and mysterious characters of the 20th century. Written by Anonymous

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The greatest match was in his mind. See more »


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Dedicated to editor Karen Schmeer who had only just begun working on the film when she was killed in a hit-and-run accident. See more »


Bobby Fischer: I don't consider myself to be a genius at chess. I consider myself more to be a genius who just happens to play chess, understand? I could be doing, and I can do any number of other things, you know?
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.20 (2011) See more »


Theme from Shaft
Words and Music by Isaac Hayes
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Isaac Hayes
Courtesy of Stax Records
By arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Great memories
26 June 2011 | by ambroseSee all my reviews

"Bobby Fischer Against the World" is a great title. I never met him, but all of the original news coverage offered in this excellent documentary offers memories that match the title exactly. There are two things I would have liked to see done differently. The cutting in and out of Bobby's speaking while on camera is a current trend, perhaps due to the limited attention span of today. I would have preferred to see him more often on screen uninterrupted as I remember it was originally presented. This gives a better picture of his obsession and of his complete personality. And second, the music, while more or less contemporary, was not in line with Bobby's tastes. He was a recluse and eschewed crowds, coverage, and pop culture. And, as a passing thought, wasn't it great to see network coverage of chess as a ... sport!

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English | Russian

Release Date:

6 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bobby Fischer mot världen See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland


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