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Subject: There's a new chess movie coming out!! "Pawn Sacrifice"! rss

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Justin Case
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Oh WOW!

I just stumbled over this as a mini-banner ad on the USCF website and went scurrying to learn about it -- there is a movie coming out in September called Pawn Sacrifice, about Bobby Fischer and the World Championship match with Boris Spassky, and starring Tobey Maguire!

Even the trailer is dynamic and exciting to me, and rings totally true:




The IMDb page is here.



I have not been to see a movie on the big screen in nearly 20 years, but right now I am so excited about this that I'm ready to pitch a tent on the sidewalk in front of the theater so I can buy the first ticket!!




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Agreed - this looks like it has a lot of potential - thanks for flagging it up!
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xobxela wrote:
.... this looks like it has a lot of potential ....

It remains to be seen how it holds up as a *movie*, and any movie buff can easily think of times when a trailer was better than the film, but at least the chess and competition scenes in the trailer look and feel.... "chessy".

I went power walking with my neighbor just after posting here and was trying to explain to him why I was so jazzed up, and just how cringe worthy most attempts are to portray chess in TV and films, but this one does indeed seem to have potential.

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Hadn't there been a good documentary about Bobby Fischer recently. HBO I believe. With recent biopics in mind - Alan Türing - I wouldn't have too high expectations.

But if it's there I certainly go.
 
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I'll be thrilled to no end if there are no technical errors in setting the board correctly.

Pretty tired of seeing a black square in the right-hand corner as h1 and the white Queen on e1 in the initial position.

The bar has been set low. Won't take much to become the "best" chess movie of all-time.

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markgravitygood wrote:

The bar has been set low. Won't take much to become the "best" chess movie of all-time.



Searching for Bobby Fischer was quite good, I think.
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shotokanguy wrote:
markgravitygood wrote:

The bar has been set low. Won't take much to become the "best" chess movie of all-time.



Searching for Bobby Fischer was quite good, I think.

I enjoyed it quite a lot too, enough to even get past what's-his-face chewing the scenery in his, erm, "dramatic interpretation" of Bruce Pandolfini. I had to watch eBay for years to find the DVD at a reasonable price, they stayed pretty high for a long time.

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Looking forward to seeing this.
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