Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

USA| September 2015| 115 min| English
Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
Genre Biography, Drama
Color Color
Certification USA:PG-13 , UK:12A , Canada:PG (British Columbia) , Ireland:12A , Singapore:PG13 , Sweden:7
Locations Montreal, Québec, Canada
Reykjavík, Iceland
Los Angeles, California, USA
Director Edward Zwick
Lead Cast Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg
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In 1972, Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.
Plot Summary
The biopic is based on the true story of the Cold War rivalry between the tormented American chess legend Bobby Fischer and world champion Boris Spassky, as they enter the historic world championship match.#The biographical thriller film, set during the Cold War, follows the story of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire), who finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles, as he challenges the Soviet Union and its greatest player, Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), for the 1972 World Chess Championship held in Iceland.
American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer is recognised as one of the best chess players to have ever lived.

Director Edward Zwick was signed in as the helmer of Legendary Pictures’ supernatural epic The Great Wall (2016) at the same time as Pawn Sacrifice (2015), however he started work on the Bobby Fischer biopic, as the former got postponed due to lack of funding and weather issues. Later on he left the project altogether.
Tobey Maguire Bobby Fischer
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick teenage Bobby Fischer
Aiden Lovekamp young Bobby Fischer
Liev Schreiber Boris Spassky
Lily Rabe Joan Fischer
Sophie Nélisse young Joan
Peter Sarsgaard Father William 'Bill' Lombardy
Michael Stuhlbarg Paul Marshall
Robin Weigert Regina Fischer
Conrad Pla Carmine Nigro
Evelyne Brochu Donna
Katie Nolan Maria
Edward Zinoviev Efim Geller
Nathaly Thibault
Ilia Volok KGB Agent
Andreas Apergis Uncle Paul
Spiro Malandrakis Reporter
Peter Janov KGB Agent
Raphael Grosz-Harvey Donald Byrne
John Maclaren Theodore Tremblay
Dennis Staroselsky
Sigurbjörn Guðmundsson Icelandic Policeman
Brett Watson Lothar Schmid
Robert Hansen Prime Minister Johannesson
Vitali Makarov Yovanovic
Carlo Mestroni Vancouver Reporter
Eric Lee Huffman KGB Bodyguard
Serge Martineau Limousine driver
Mark Slacke Icelandic Journalist
Jonathan Dubsky Aide
Norman Lehnert German Reporter
Shawn Campbell Cyril Pustan
Eugene Nomura Japanese Anchorman
Alexandre Gorchkov Iivo Nei
Benoit Priest Texan Trucker
Yanick Bousquet Foreign Reporter
Damian Arnold BBC Anchor
Alexandra Van Loon Joan's Daughter
Marco Verdoni Joan's husband
Victor Oni Scorekeeper
Ignacio García-Bustelo Spanish Reporter
Director Edward Zwick
Producer Gail Katz
Tobey Maguire
Edward Zwick
Executive Producer Kevin Scott Frakes
Michael Ilitch Jr
Julie B May
Glenn Murray
Josette Perrotta
Stephen J Rivele
Raj Brinder Singh
Christopher Wilkinson
Writer Stephen J Rivele(story)
Christopher Wilkinson(story)
Steven Knight(story)
Steven Knight(screenplay)
Music Composer James Newton Howard
Cinematographer Bradford Young
Action Director Tyler Hall
Tim Connolly
Film Editor Steven Rosenblum
Casting Director Andrea Kenyon
Victoria Thomas
Randi Wells
Production Designer Isabelle Guay
Art Director Lisa Clark
Jean-Pierre Paquet
Costume Designer Renée April
Production Companies Gail Katz Productions
MICA Entertainment
Material Pictures
PalmStar Media
PenLife Media
Distributor Bleecker Street
Song # 1Along Came Betty
Written byBenny Golson
Performed byArt Blakey,   The Jazz Messengers
Song # 2Matchbox
Written byCarl Perkins
Performed byCarl Perkins
Song # 3I'm A Man
Written byJimmy Miller,   Steve Winwood
Performed bySpencer Davis Group
Song # 4Walk Don't Run
Written byJohn H Smith Jr
Performed byThe Ventures
Song # 5It Ain't No Fun To Me
Written byAl Green
Performed byAl Green
Song # 6White Rabbit
Written byGrace Slick
Performed byJefferson Airplane
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Telegraph|Review by Tim Robey
Pawn Sacrifice has a promising title for a chess fan. It’s not Queen Sacrifice or Suicidal Rook Exchange or Dramatic Resignation Two Moves In. It promises subtlety and cunning.
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IGN|Review by Josh Lasser
At one point in Pawn Sacrifice, the audience is told that there are an incredible number of possible ways a game of chess can play out. At another moment, the audience is told that there is in fact only ever one right move. These are not contradictory notions, but they require a moment of thought to reconcile. It is a moment Pawn Sacrifice doesn't take, just as it doesn't take other opportunities to provide shading and depth to its tale.
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National Post|Review by Calum Marsh
Serious chess players will be familiar with the dreaded zugzwang. The term describes a state of affairs in which any move at all will weaken the player’s position. In zugzwang, the player is doomed by his very need to make a move. Bobby Fischer found himself in zugzwang with Boris Spassky before they even sat down at the board.
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2.5|Review by Godfrey Cheshire
Although Edward Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" has the great virtue of centering on expert performances by a cast including Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, it ends up as a sad example of the inherent difficulties of dramatizing a cerebral face-off like the 1972 battle royale between chess masters Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.
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