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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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Feature adaptation of the 2012 documentary about a junior high school class from New York City competing an a chess tournament.

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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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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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A glimmer of hope for future generations.
22 June 2013 | by nesfilmreviewsSee all my reviews

Fantastic, inspirational, warm-hearted true story--a can't miss documentary. Goes on a little longer than it probably should, but watching the improbable story unfold is unquestionably captivating.

"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 junior high school chess team in the country. Chess has transformed the school from "school in need of improvement" in 2003, 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.

The second act of the film loses its sense of direction, but finds its footing again in the third act when the focus is on the kids and the intense competition of the tournaments. If you feel that the country's educational system is in a perpetual downward spiral, and no one really cares, be sure to give it a watch. It's sure to give you at least some hope for our nation's future.


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