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  (41,539)
  • 65

A movie with several underlying themes, Pawn Sacrifice is an engaging and suspenseful film certain to capture the attention of movie-goers of all types. The film focuses on the real life story of Bobby Fischer and portrays his youth and early adulthood struggle to become the World Chess Champion. Actual footage intermingled throughout the film lends an air of authenticity to this biographical tale. Besides the chess focus of the movie, the stress and strain of the Cold War are an underlying theme that is well addressed and explains in large part how Bobby Fischer became a super star of sorts across the entire country, and a name recognized worldwide. Viewers follow Fischer and his teammate around the country as he quickly defeats enough opponents to become a threat to the reigning chess champion Boris Spassky, whom he must defeat to become world champion. Besides the general difficulty of chess and the Cold War, the third main theme of the film focuses on Fischer’s declining mental health- although he is an undeniably gifted chess player, he becomes more and more antisocial, erratic, and demanding. His behavior causes problems with his relationships among his friends and family. Pawn Sacrifice begins with a troubled boy, follows his fascination with chess into something more engrossing, and ultimately shows how an international star ended up after his meteoric success. The film shows what is possible with a single minded goal in spite of one's shortcomings or oppositions.

Pawn Sacrifice
Hopelessly Patriotic
Hopelessly Patriotic

Clip - 1 min 16 sec

I Have Him
I Have Him

Clip - 1 min 29 sec

People Get Worried
People Get Worried

Clip - 1 min 10 sec

Genius (Featurette)
Genius (Featurette)

Behind the Scenes - 3 min 25 sec

Pawn Sacrifice
Pawn Sacrifice

Trailer - 2 min 26 sec

Bobby Has Problems
Bobby Has Problems

Clip - 1 min 11 sec

Description
A movie with several underlying themes, Pawn Sacrifice is an engaging and suspenseful film certain to capture the attention of movie-goers of all types. The film focuses on the real life story of Bobby Fischer and portrays his youth and early adulthood struggle to become the World Chess Champion. Actual footage intermingled throughout the film lends an air of authenticity to this biographical tale. Besides the chess focus of the movie, the stress and strain of the Cold War are an underlying theme that is well addressed and explains in large part how Bobby Fischer became a super star of sorts across the entire country, and a name recognized worldwide. Viewers follow Fischer and his teammate around the country as he quickly defeats enough opponents to become a threat to the reigning chess champion Boris Spassky, whom he must defeat to become world champion.

Besides the general difficulty of chess and the Cold War, the third main theme of the film focuses on Fischer’s declining mental health- although he is an undeniably gifted chess player, he becomes more and more antisocial, erratic, and demanding. His behavior causes problems with his relationships among his friends and family.

Pawn Sacrifice begins with a troubled boy, follows his fascination with chess into something more engrossing, and ultimately shows how an international star ended up after his meteoric success. The film shows what is possible with a single minded goal in spite of one's shortcomings or oppositions.

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.

Where to Watch Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Pawn Sacrifice for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

  • Release Date
    2015
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 55 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (41,539)
  • Metascore
    65