Pawn Sacrifice

September 18th, 2015


Pawn Sacrifice

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American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.5/10 (485 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Edward Zwick

Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Writers: Steven Knight, Stephen J. Rivele

Liev Schreiber - Boris Spassky
Lily Rabe - Joan Fischer
Peter Sarsgaard - Father Bill Lombardy
Tobey Maguire - Bobby Fischer
Robin Weigert - Regina Fischer
Michael Stuhlbarg - Paul Marshall
Sophie Nélisse - Young Joan
Evelyne Brochu - Donna
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick - Teen Bobby Fischer
Aiden Lovekamp - Young Bobby Fischer
Ilia Volok - KGB Agent
Conrad Pla - Carmine Nigro
Andreas Apergis - Uncle Paul
Nathaly Thibault - Press Conference
Katie Nolan - Maria

Taglines: 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.

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 16 September 2015

Filming Locations: Montreal, Québec, Canada

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Did You Know?

Both Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber have played Marvel comic book characters before starring together in this film. Maguire played Peter Parker/Spider-Man from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Schrieber played Sabertooth/Victor Creed from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. See more »

The auditorium's emergency exit signs in multiple shots are modern designs not utilized in 1972 when the film takes place. See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

Tobey Maguire fits in the role of Bobby Fisher, and is yet another example of a movie that the guy can act perfectly. Worth watching, and worth recommending. The suspense builds up as if you are watching the match happen live in front of your eyes. The title perfectly fits, referring to the sacrifice Bobby Fischer had to make, but had the game going how he wanted. Although there is not much physical resemblance of the reel chess players with the real chess players, but once the movie gets a hold of you, just sit back and enjoy. Again, I have to praise the performance of Tobey Maguire. Never seen before as star of biographical movie, the actor is also the reason why I'm giving this movie a full rating, although the good acting of supporting characters do not go amiss. This movie can been seen with family and friends. Enjoyable and interesting piece of work on the real incidents of the life of an evergreen chess legend.


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