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Endgame (2015)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 25 September 2015 (USA)
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Since he was 5 yrs old, Jose's abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose has the chance to use ... See full summary »


Carmen Marron


Carmen Marron, Hector Salinas (story) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Dimitri Agado Dimitri Agado ... Soccer Teammate 1
Cassie Brennan ... Sandy
Ivan Cisneros Ivan Cisneros ... Peter
Ivonne Coll ... Abuela
Hector Filizola Hector Filizola ... Soccer Teammate 2
John Flores John Flores ... Checkmate Jacob Stewart (as Jon Steven Flores)
Victor Flores Victor Flores ... District Chess Match Supervisor
Xavier G Xavier G ... Miguel (as Xavier Gonzalez)
Samuel Garcia Samuel Garcia ... Brownsville Brainiacs
Xavier Gonzalez Xavier Gonzalez ... Miguel
Jon Gries ... Principal Thomas
Jose Juan Guajardo Jr. Jose Juan Guajardo Jr. ... District Chess Match Supervisor
Jose Juan Guajardo Jose Juan Guajardo ... District Chess Match Supervisor
Efrain Guerrero Efrain Guerrero ... Relative
Matthew Gutierrez Matthew Gutierrez ... Boy in suit


Since he was 5 yrs old, Jose's abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose has the chance to use his skills and for once in his life, finds himself in the spotlight, as he tries to help his team make it to the Texas state finals. As their coach, Mr. Alvarado, teaches his students the meaning of perseverance and team effort in the face of adversity, Jose discovers his own strengths and uses them to bring his broken family together.

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25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Brownsville, Texas, USA

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The film is based on the story of Brownsville elementary school. In 1993, an elementary school teacher J.J.Guajardo showed his student show to play chess, primarily to ward off behavioral issues. They won the state championship every year thence, from 1993 to 1999. Brownsville today houses a number of chess clubs including Brownsville Royal Knights, for which nearly 4000 students sign up every year. See more »


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An excellent film that will touch your heart and make you smile
13 August 2016 | by londonmapperSee all my reviews

Endgame was among the nicest films I have seen this year. Based on the true story of a young rolly polly boy who lives in USA with his Mexican mother, elder brother (a star player of his school team) and his grand mother who has been teaching him chess.

The film starts to move forward within minutes, and saying anything else would be a spoiler (so yes - a lot happens - every few minutes!).

Some moments of the film tug at your heart (I could sense moments where I may have felt - and I am sure many other viewers too may have felt a feeling of deja vu - just like this child, albeit a few decades ago). Others make you smile, and some make you laugh.

If there is one thing this movie is, it is genuine. No pretenses.

It is only at the end that one realizes that this film is based on a true story of a small town in Texas.

The acting by everyone is excellent - especially the kids who act exactly like kids would have behaved. The music is lovely - Mexican style guitar mixed with simple songs.

Highly recommended viewing. Even if (perhaps especially if) you do not have any interest in the game of chess. For the film is more about childhood, dreams and people that about the game. And That, is a universal theme.

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