Miami - 1998. Poverty, broken families, and a prejudiced system push underprivileged youth to the fringes of society. But for a magnetic group of teens, there's a reprieve. A game where it's not about where you come from, but how you play. That equalizer is chess. Mr. "T" Martinez, a chess militant and passionate coach, leads them to a completely foreign field of battle.
John Leguizamo's character "Mr. Martinez's" first name is Mario (he is called this by the principal when they are talking about the board rejecting the $400 to send the chess team to regionals as well as a few other times). John Leguizamo Played "Luigi" (the brother of Mario) in 1993's Super Mario Bros movie. Effectively, he has played characters of the names of both Mario bros. See more »
All right, now, people, this is gonna be very basic for some of you, but for the fish, or the newbies as I like to call you, this is gonna be eye opening because what you've got is 64 squares, 32 pieces, it doesn't matter how rich or poor you are, what Ivy League school you may go or you may not go to, what prison you hopefully never set foot in, because chess is the great equalizer.
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Over the credits, there are interviews with the real people who the movie is based on. See more »
Performed by Frank Aacencio
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John Leguizamo is a straight beauty, a directing pioneer, artist, aka a Legend
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