During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.


Lukasz Kosmicki


Lukasz Kosmicki, Marcel Sawicki (Writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Joshua Mansky
Lotte Verbeek ... Agent Stone
James Bloor ... Agent White
Robert Wieckiewicz ... PKiN Director
Aleksey Serebryakov ... General Krutov
Corey Johnson ... Donald Novak
Nicholas Farrell ... G. Moran
Evgeniy Sidikhin ... Alexander Gavrylov
Cezary Kosinski ... John Gift
Aleksandr Lobanov Aleksandr Lobanov ... Adjutant to Krutov
Wojciech Mecwaldowski ... Master of Ceremony
Magdalena Boczarska ... Gienia
Andy Beckwith ... Taxi Driver
John Benfield ... Dr. Peter
Ludwik Borkowski Ludwik Borkowski ... Makarov


Playing a major chess match in Warsaw against the Russian champion, brilliant but forgotten former US champion, and alcoholic, Josh Mansky is sucked into the world of espionage and conflict between the world's superpowers. As the military crisis escalates the chess match takes on unimaginable importance. The Americans are in danger of losing both games - the chess game and the one for world domination. Written by ron_whisky

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Jeden ruch moze zmienic historie


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Lead actor William Hurt broke his leg in an off-set accident a few days after filming started. The injury was so bad that he had to be replaced by actor Bill Pullman. See more »


The sign on the table during the matches reads "USSR" in English. Of course, it would say CCCP in Russian. See more »


Title Card: In the early 1960s, U.S. - Soviet realtions are the worst in the history of the Cold War. After the Cuban Revolution, Soviet troops are only 100 miles from Florida.
Title Card: In October 1962, President Kennedy is informed of silos built in Cuba and increased Soviet military activity. It looks like preparations for war.
Title Card: A global war.
Title Card: A nuclear global war.
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Game on/off
23 March 2020 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Right off the bat (or board?), there is the fact that this is or rather was based on true events. You'll either be into that or not. Bill Pullman does everything to keep you engaged though. The movie or rather the story is a bit muddled and there certainly will be confusion for many. And while Bill Pullman is a pole, some might have a problem with engaging with the movie.

Feeling something, being excited and so forth. So there are flaws, there are certain things that could be better. But it also has some fine points and there are some interesting plot points happening and some characters and places (short cuts) that are almost worth watching this alone. Again, massively flawed but also quite entertaining in a weird way

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Release Date:

8 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coldest Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland See more »

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2.39 : 1
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