Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice

DVD - 2016
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American Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Union's best chess player Boris Spassky.
Publisher: Universal City, California :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE PAWN
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (1 hr., 56 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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martins_mom Jul 26, 2017

I remember all the excitement about the Fischer-Spassky tournament in 1970, but did not know of the American chess wizard's idiosyncrasies which eventually became full-blown psychosis. Fischer's mental torment is fascinating to observe in this, as are the reactions of those who had been helping h... Read More »


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chetanka
Sep 17, 2017

Oh, my goodness! I remember when all that with the chess matches, cold war, Watergate, Bay of Pigs was going on and my kids were being taught to duck under their desks!

In his teens, my son tried to teach me chess but, sigh, my mind just did not travel there.

Anyway, this is a very good film and I am delighted to see that it was filmed in Montreal at our expense.

The Quebec crews are just perfect.

The script well written and Messrs. Maguire, Schreiber et al perfect casting.

Thank you EPL for having this in our library.

martins_mom Jul 26, 2017

I remember all the excitement about the Fischer-Spassky tournament in 1970, but did not know of the American chess wizard's idiosyncrasies which eventually became full-blown psychosis. Fischer's mental torment is fascinating to observe in this, as are the reactions of those who had been helping him in his career.
The political aspect (this was not Fischer vs Spassky in many minds but the US against the Soviet Union) adds another interesting dimension. Liev Schreiber plays a very laid-back Boris Spassky.

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wildct2003
May 23, 2017

Story of Bobby Fischer and his chess match with Boris Spassky. Interesting to watch; felt sorry for Fischer and those who had to deal with him.

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Olivy
Feb 21, 2017

I tried to like this- but did not. I think that you need to be very interested in either chess or the cold war or preferably both to really care about this film. Visually repetitive, bleak and boring, the story of someone slowly who is hard to be with (and to watch) losing his ability to cope with people and the world and he plays chess a lot. I fell asleep after an hour and then went up to bed, my husband kept on with it and did like it in the end, but he said it was his interest in chess that made it appealing.

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the_prodigal
Oct 11, 2016

very interesting, held our attention right to the end

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thepudman
Aug 23, 2016

Have to say I disagree with most of the other posts. I found "Searching for Bobby Fischer" a much better movie. This was ok, and made me read up on Bobby Fischer, but overall just an average movie.

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garycornell
Aug 01, 2016

You won't wan't to miss Tobey Maguire in one of his best screen rolls. He completely captures the essence of Bobby Fisher. Personally, I will remember Bobby Fisher's act of courage to be on the world stage when he was really an introverted man. He shunned fame and attention. Yet at the time, he was one of the most famous persons in the world for winning the chess championship from the Russians. He is still remembered today as having played the best chess game ever in the World Chess Championships.

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firefly5
Jul 08, 2016

Very slow story. I thought it would be more interesting. Did not watch this movie.

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Monolith
Jun 12, 2016

An interesting biopic, heavy on the manic episodes, but worth the time. What a shame that this brilliant prodigy didn't seek help for his psychoses, instead shunning untold wealth and effectively becoming a reclusive outcast.

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evro66
Apr 28, 2016

overall, it is a good movie. What I didn't like was Liev Schreiber's horrible accent when he was speaking Russian. He was talking exactly like some uneducated farmer from Georgia (the country), with soft "zh" and very peculiar intonations. This is the way Georgians speak Russian. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that. Movie makers should be ashamed of themselves for such kind of poor job. And did it really happen that people in the USA went so crazy about Fischer's victory? I remember, in the USSR we took chess victories for granted, something like a forecast of a nice weather.

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jimg2000
Feb 29, 2016

You see, the Russians are like boa constrictors. If you do nothing, they strangle you to death. But if you confuse them, you attack them from everywhere, then all they can do
is react. Now here, you see, I got my machine gun lined up, bearing down on the king. Now he tries to defend himself. I sacrifice my rook. And now the real attack begins. ... Check. Check. Take. ... No, this tournament, like all tournaments, is about winning. So... Okay, well. Rook takes bishop. Of course. Now, he thinks he's safe, but I've been developing a plot to kill his king. You see, my rook is sitting there waiting, forgotten about in the background. I bring him into the hunt. Now the king flees. Even his beloved queen can't do anything. She's just sitting there, watching... Mmm-hmm. ...as the noose tightens. And finally... He sees the end.

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jimg2000
Feb 29, 2016

So, this game...It's a rabbit hole. After only four moves, there's more than 300 billion options to consider. There's more 40-move games than there are stars in the galaxy. So, it can take you very close to the edge.
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The chess you've been playing is really inspired. It's almost all theory and memorization. People think there are all these options, but there's usually one right move. Of course, in the end, there's no place to go.

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