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A Little Game (2014)

A young girl finding her way around the city and her own life through chess lessons. This is also about being open to all the clues about your life and your options that surround you everyday.


Evan Oppenheimer

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Credited cast:
Ralph Macchio ... Tom
Janeane Garofalo ... Sarah Kuftinec
F. Murray Abraham ... Norman Wallach
Tovah Feldshuh ... Blackstone Head of School
Oona Laurence ... Becky
Olympia Dukakis ... YaYa
Rachel Dratch ... Aunt Diane
Kimberly Quinn ... Laura
Fatima Ptacek ... Isabella
Gabriel Rush ... Jaden
Frank Pando ... Officer
Fina Strazza ... Jez
Jaden Michael ... Max 1
Catherine Urbanek ... Jessica
Gigi Cesarè ... Blackstone Academy Chess Club Private Schoolgirl (as Giovanna Cappetta)


Ignored by the rich kids at her new school and shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, a 10-year-old girl finds an unlikely friend in the form of a feisty chess master, who uses the game to teach her about life. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements


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Release Date:

26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Reine des jeux See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Did You Know?


Board for the final chess game was initially turned the wrong way. A white square should always be on the player's right side. See more »


Max and Becky are waiting with Becky's mom for Max's aunt to show up as her pretend nanny. After Becky's mom meets Max's aunt, why doesn't she take Becky's back pack home with her (possibly holding Becky's books and homework) rather than making Becky go on her play date with Max having to lug it around with her? See more »

Crazy Credits

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. Although Washington Square Park is real. And you'll find a lot of these chess players there, if you're in the mood to lose five bucks. See more »

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Makenna Ballard plays the main character. Why is she listed 19th in IMDb's cast list?
5 May 2016 | by hopeofglrySee all my reviews

My 4 year old son loved this movie so much, he wanted to learn how to play chess because of it! It captured his attention, as it was the first full length movie that held his attention from beginning to end. He now plays chess...at four! In addition, the way the main character carried herself and responded to opposition, meanness and being different was a good example for my son to see. The story was heart-warming, innocent and fun. It's a wonderful family movie. Disappointed to see IMDb relegate the main character to the 19th spot on their listing of characters (even after the bully of the movie). Shame on you. You should revise that IMDb. Makenna Ballard did a wonderful job and deserves the credit for her work. We loved this movie!

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