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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.

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Andrew Bujalski

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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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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Cameraman: Do you think a human being will ever beat a person at chess?
John: Oh... between a human being and a person? My money's on the computer.
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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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White to Move 3
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As good as it gets
11 August 2013 | by Alan J. JacobsSee all my reviews

I don't want to reveal too much here. No spoilers. I did not know anything at all about Computer Chess before I sat down at the local rep house to view it, maybe you shouldn't either. It seemed like it was an old documentary about an early (1979) contest to design a computer program that could beat a human being at chess. I thought, as I was watching it, that eventually the documentary would jump to the present day, and interview the participants in that contest, and provide revelations about the the development of artificial intelligence, and perhaps about the evolution of the participants in that early competition. But, at some point, maybe 10 or 15 minutes into the film, I realized that what I thought the movie was about was not at all what the movie was about. And I thought to myself, Wow! Incredibly the movie manages to merge a story about a bunch of extreme tech nerds with a story about a bizarre cult of seekers of sexual and spiritual awakening. My movie-going companion and I were both entranced all during the film, and couldn't stop talking about it afterwards.

This movie is the real deal: it's what we used to go to the movies for. Complexity, surprise, enthrallment, humor, enigmas, revelations. Ambiguity. Somehow a bunch of people down in Austin, Texas made the perfect movie.


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