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Computer Chess (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 November 2013 (Germany)
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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

Director:

Andrew Bujalski

Writer:

Andrew Bujalski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kriss Schludermann Kriss Schludermann ... ADVANTAGE Member
Tom Fletcher Tom Fletcher ... DEEP SPEED Member
Wiley Wiggins ... Beuscher
Patrick Riester Patrick Riester ... Bishton
Kevin Bewersdorf Kevin Bewersdorf ... Cameraman
Gene Williams ... MONSIEUR D'ECHECS member
Jim Lewis Jim Lewis ... John
Cole Noppenberg ... CAPA X Member
Myles Paige Myles Paige ... Papageorge
Gerald Peary Gerald Peary ... Henderson
James Curry James Curry ... Carbray
Bob Sabiston Bob Sabiston ... McVey
S. Kirk Walsh S. Kirk Walsh ... Hotel Clerk
Daniel Metz Daniel Metz ... Reini Urban (as Daniel C. Metz)
Stephen Wheeler ... Panel Skeptic
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Storyline

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Written by Production

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An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Компьютерные шахматы See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,000, 16 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,218, 8 November 2013
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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Beuscher: Is there any possibility that this is uh... some kind of uh... very advanced... I mean, we just gave up a queen to get his queen and now we're basically just... um...
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Crazy Credits

"Panel Skeptic ... Dr. red text]" See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Nothin' But Changin'
By Collie Ryan
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unfulfilled potential or no hope?
23 September 2013 | by rgb0829See all my reviews

The look and feel of the movie and of the characters was spot on, certainly, and I felt the cinematography added rather than subtracting from the movie. On the other hand, the amount of time and energy spent on the new-agey people and watching Papageorge chew the scenery left me wondering, "Why did we have to go the Christopher Guest route?" I felt deeply disappointed and bored by the way things played out and found myself saying something along the lines of "There's plenty of material in the early computer chess/computer nerd theme for a light, funny mockumentary without having to go the lowest-common-denominator route of throwing in a bunch of new-agers and off-the-reservation nutbars." The follow-on thought was "Unfortunately, these movie makers didn't feel themselves able to make that movie." I'd guess that indie movie makers generally don't like to have the term "lowest common denominator" applied to their films, but the shoe fits.


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