Pawn Sacrifice

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"On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness."
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 7.0  (49,120)
  • 65

Pawn Sacrifice is a biographical drama film that tells the story of American chess player Bobby Fischer, played by Tobey Maguire, during his rise to fame in the 1960s and his historic showdown against Russian chess player Boris Spassky, played by Liev Schreiber, in the 1972 World Chess Championship. The movie opens with a young Bobby Fischer, who is already a chess prodigy, facing off against a group of older, more experienced players in a New York City park. Fischer's single-minded focus on the game is immediately apparent, and it becomes clear that he possesses a rare talent for chess.

As Fischer grows older, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the game, spending countless hours studying and practicing. His single-minded focus on chess begins to take its toll on his personal relationships, however, as he becomes increasingly paranoid and mistrustful of those around him.

One of the most interesting relationships explored in the film is Fischer's connection to his coach, Father Bill Lombardy, played by Peter Sarsgaard. Lombardy, who is himself a former chess champion, becomes a sort of mentor and father figure to Fischer, helping to guide him through the complex world of professional chess.

As Fischer's star begins to rise, he becomes increasingly convinced that the Russians are conspiring against him, going so far as to accuse them of cheating during matches. His outlandish behavior makes him a controversial figure, but also serves to draw attention to the game of chess as a whole.

When Fischer finally faces off against Spassky in the 1972 World Chess Championship, tensions are high, and the entire world is watching. The match is a grueling and intense battle of wills, with Fischer and Spassky engaging in a series of highly calculated moves and counters.

The film does an excellent job of capturing the tension and excitement of the match, as well as the personal drama surrounding Fischer's life at the time. Maguire delivers a powerful performance as Fischer, managing to capture both his brilliant mind and his troubled psyche. Schreiber, too, is excellent as Spassky, imbuing the character with a quiet strength and dignity that serves as the perfect foil to Fischer's erratic behavior.

Overall, Pawn Sacrifice is a fascinating glimpse into the world of professional chess, as well as the life and career of one of the game's most iconic figures. It is a gripping and emotionally powerful film that will leave viewers both entertained and enlightened.

Pawn Sacrifice is a 2015 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 65.

Pawn Sacrifice
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