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Brooklyn Castle (2012)

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Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.
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Credited cast:
Je'Daiah Ballantyne Je'Daiah Ballantyne ... Himself
Michelle Ballantyne Michelle Ballantyne ... Herself
Rochelle Ballantyne Rochelle Ballantyne ... Herself
Pamela Ballard Pamela Ballard ... Herself
Oghenakpobo Efekoro Oghenakpobo Efekoro ... Himself (as Pobo)
John Galvin John Galvin ... Himself
Christiana Inuwere Christiana Inuwere ... Herself
Ovoie Inuwere Ovoie Inuwere ... Himself
Elizabeth Johnston Elizabeth Johnston ... Herself (as Lisa)
Patrick Johnston Patrick Johnston ... Himself
Tommy Johnston Tommy Johnston ... Himself
Mikael-Rhey Mongroo Mikael-Rhey Mongroo ... Himself
Juan Paredes Juan Paredes ... Himself
Fred Rubino Fred Rubino ... Himself
Elizabeth Spiegel Elizabeth Spiegel ... Herself
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Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 - an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level - that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. (If Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he'd only rank fifth best). Chess has transformed the school from one cited in 2003 as a "school in need of improvement" to one of New York City's best. But a series of recession-driven pubic school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes. Written by K. Dellamaggiore

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Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team. Welcome to I.S. 318

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Documentary

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

11 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бруклинский замок See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,761, 21 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$219,407, 3 March 2013
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16:9 HD
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Connections

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Sleigh Ride
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Written by Leroy Anderson
Performed by Boston Pops Orchestra
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For the Democrat Chess-Lover
16 May 2014 | by clearthinkernowSee all my reviews

If you're a lover of the game of chess and especially for those of who who subscribe to the Democratic Party philosophy of taking from others to give to your own causes, then this might be a movie for you. I thought it was going to be a movie about giving kids a chance to pull themselves up and out by achieving but it is, alas, a movie about complaining about greedy bankers who killed the economy instead. I'd like, for once, to see an honest movie about all who share the blame, including continuing to spend money we don't have and can no longer pay back. You think it's sad that kids can't play chess without funds? That's the very least of our troubles. These kids can take up to seven classes a week in chess. What? Seven classes for a fun, non-necessary skill? Can they read? Can they think independently? Can they do math and follow logic? Do they have the economic and financial basis for becoming productive citizens? Where are those classes? Do they know supply and demand? Guns vs. butter?


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