Critical Thinking (2020)


The true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team which was the first inner city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship.


John Leguizamo


Dito Montiel

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Leguizamo ... Mario Martinez
Rachel Bay Jones ... Principal Kestel
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Mr. Roundtree
Corwin C. Tuggles ... Sedrick Roundtree
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Ito Paniagua (as Jorge Lendeborg)
Angel Bismark Curiel ... Rodelay Medina
Will Hochman ... Gil Luna
Jeffry Batista ... Marcel Martinez
Zora Casebere ... Chanayah
Ramses Jimenez ... Andre Lamar
Todd Allen Durkin ... Detective Ransone
Brandon Somers ... Harutyun Akopyan
Isaac Beverly ... Pickle
Ruben E. A. Brown ... Donny
Sydney Arroyo ... Cornelia


CRITICAL THINKING is based on the story of the 1998 Miami Jackson Senior High School chess team that defied the odds and overcame incredible adversity to become the first urban high school to win the U.S. Chess National Championship. John Leguizamo stars as Mario Martinez, the determined high school teacher who's unwavering belief in his students set in motion the rise of the Miami Jackson chess team from the city streets of1998 Miami, to the spotlight as national champions.

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14 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Miami, Florida, USA

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