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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

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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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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Aspect Ratio:

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

1979
written by Mitch Hampton
performed by Cyrus Albertson
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"Nerd-gasm"
11 August 2013 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I had absolutely no clue what I was letting myself into. Just that a friend of mine was telling me I had to see it. It played at the International Film Festival in Berlin and I can only say my friend was right. If there is just a slight geeky/nerdy side in you, you will like this movie too. The fact, they had me guessing for a second, if that was actually made back when this is supposed to play is just great.

Of course, even if you don't know if this is a real documentary or not (it's not), you will get this very early on. But the jokes are really funny and even when it seems to be dragging a bit, it will pick up speed again and deliver on its funny premise. The acting is great and the film does look as old as it is supposed to look. Jokes work nicely and the overall feeling is just great. Check-mate


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