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The Games Maker (2014)

Young Ivan Drago's newfound love of board games catapults him into the fantastical and competitive world of game invention, and pits him against the inventor Morodian, who has long desired ... See full summary »

Writers:

Juan Pablo Buscarini (screenplay), Pablo De Santis (based on the book by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Mazouz ... Ivan Drago
Edward Asner ... Nicholas Drago (as Ed Asner)
Joseph Fiennes ... Morodian
Tom Cavanagh ... Mr. Drago
Valentina Lodovini ... Mrs. Drago
Megan Charpentier ... Anunciacion
Robert Verlaque ... Principal Possum
Alejandro Awada ... Engineer Gabler
Vando Villamil Vando Villamil ... Ramuz
Marta Lubos Marta Lubos ... Social Worker
Maiamar Abrodos Maiamar Abrodos ... Miss Blum
Corina Romero Corina Romero ... Professor Tremanti
Sean Mathieson ... Krebs
Nicolás Torcanowsky Nicolás Torcanowsky ... Bishop (as Nicolas Torcanovski)
Yola Mtilwa Yola Mtilwa ... Knight
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Young Ivan Drago's newfound love of board games catapults him into the fantastical and competitive world of game invention, and pits him against the inventor Morodian, who has long desired to destroy the city of Zyl, founded by Ivan's grandfather. To save his family and defeat Morodian, Ivan must come to know what it is to be a true Games Maker. Written by Anonymous

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An adventure beyond your imagination

Genres:

Adventure | Family

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Country:

Argentina | Canada | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2014 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

El inventor de juegos See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Based on a book written by Argentinian writer Pablo De Santis See more »

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Narrator: Everyone who loves board games knows that they're as numerous and diverse as life itself. Games of chance, ingenuity, strategy. Games that can be played alone, with a partner, or in a group. Some invented hundreds of years ago, and others only recently. But when board game enthusiasts are asked to choose an adventurous, fantastic, and thrilling game, The Life of Ivan Drago comes out on top.
Narrator: Where did the game come from? Was it the brain child of a great inventor? How it came to be ...
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References Rocky IV (1985) See more »

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A Wonderful Mix of The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter
26 January 2015 | by SLUGMagazineFilmsSee all my reviews

The addition of the "Sundance Kids" section at the Sundance Film Festival is a perfect opportunity to engage the next generation of film enthusiasts, and Juan Pablo Buscarini's family-friendly fantasy is the ideal accompaniment. The life of Ivan Drago (David Mazouz) is peculiar to say the least. While his father (Tom Cavanagh) sets his sights on hot air balloon adventures, Ivan dreams of creating board games like his aloof grandfather. After an accident leaves Ivan orphaned, the young inventor finds himself whisked away to a harsh boarding school only to escape and uncover the mystery behind the creator of a board game contest. Buscarini's adaptation is a wonderful mix of The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter. The well-crafted set designs will reignite anyone's fascination for 1940s art deco. Mazouz shows his maturity as a child actor as he pits himself against veterans like Cavanagh and Joseph Fiennes. The creativity behind the characters' origins as well as their environment will appease viewers of any age. It's always a pleasure to have a film for children that refuses to underestimate the intelligence of its target audience. -Jimmy Martin


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