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Bobby Fischer was one of the greatest - if not the greatest - chess champions who ever lived. A complex character to say the least, Fischer's gift came with a price; the genius was bundled along with paranoia and delusions. That however, didn't stop him from setting his predatory sights squarely on then Russian chess champ Boris Spassky for the title of world chess champion.
It is said that there are as many potential combinations of chess moves as there are stars in the known galaxy, and neurons in the brain. Fischer's (Maguire) chess associate and teammate Father Bill Lombardy (Sarsgaard) even mentions this to the former's manager, Paul Marshall (Stuhlbarg) during a tense moment in the film. Fischer lived and breathed chess. And Lombardy tells Marshall that Fischer's eccentricity was all part of the package. Therefore, any attempt to treat him would dull his knife-edge brain, make him compliant and lose his magic. Thus, he must exist as he is. After all, Fischer had the Russians to defeat and this was during the time of the Cold War. Fischer wasn't going to allow Brezhnev his moment of glory.
The movie accurately depicts Fischer's best friend, right from childhood, as being a chessboard. He disdained his mother for taking another lover in the absence of his own real father. He instead retreated into a combination of Kings and Queens, the Sicilian Defense, the King's Indian Defense and of course, the Pawn Sacrifice among hundreds of other moves. The young Fischer devoured chess stratagem with a rapacious appetite. He surmised - and was right - that he had no equal. No one could touch him, for chess wasn't just a game for him; he was the embodiment of it.
Playing Fischer, Maguire accurately portrays the frustration that the people close to the real chess prodigy felt, but understood and tolerated because they knew that this was no ordinary guy. Essaying a complex character like Fischer isn't easy, but Maguire does a pretty admirable job of it. You might just want to bring out that old chessboard after watching this one.
Bobby Fischer, played by Toby Maguire is the only American chess world champion.
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Bobby Fischer first makes waves in the elite world of chess as a 6-year-old whiz-kid from Brooklyn famous for his laser-like concentration and ability to dominate all challengers. By his teens, the boy wonder has gone from chess savant to international grandmaster, but his meteoric rise is punctuated by unpredictable personal behavior and escalating demands that raise hackles in the conservative chess establishment.
As he travels the globe with manager Paul Marshall (Michael Stuhlbarg) and coach Father Bill Lombardy (Peter Sarsgaard), Fischer crushes the world's top players in the relentless pursuit of his ultimate quarry: indomitable Soviet chess grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). In 1972 the volatile New Yorkerearns the right to face the Russian veteran in the hotly anticipated "Match of the Century," a 21-game competition in Reykjavik, Iceland, that could end 24 years of Soviet domination of the World Chess Championship.
But Fischer's paranoia and growing obsession with conspiracy theories disrupt the match and his erratic behavior unnerves the normally unflappable Spassky. With the competition increasingly mirroring the tense geopolitics of the Cold War era, even his closest advisors are unsure if Fischer's actions are the calculated antics of an antisocialeccentricor signs that he is truly unstable. Pawn Sacrifice is a riveting and revealing portrait of the troubled genius who sparked an international chess craze and captured the imagination of the world.
Pawn Sacrifice stars Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man, The Great Gatsby), Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine, "The Slap"), LievShreiber ("Ray Donovan," Salt), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, "Boardwalk Empire"), Lily Rabe ("American Horror Story," All Good Things), Robin Weigert("Deadwood," "Sons of Anarchy"), Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Before Midnight, Moonrise Kingdom) and Aiden Lovekamp (Paranormal Activity 4). The film is directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, Defiance) from a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, "Peaky Blinders") and a story by Stephen J. Rivele (Nixon, Ali), Christopher Wilkinson (Nixon, Ali)and Steven Knight.
Producers are Gail Katz (The Perfect Storm, Air Force One), Tobey Maguire and Edward Zwick. Director of photography is Bradford Young (Selma, Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Editor is Steven Rosenblum (Braveheart, Blood Diamond). Production designer is Isabelle Guay (White House Down, 300). Costume designer is Renee April (Prisoners, Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Composer isJames Newton Howard (The Hunger Games, Malificent).
Executive producers are Kevin Scott Frakes (John Wick, The Frozen Ground), Michael Ilitch, Jr. (Lost in Space, Oculus), Dale Armin Johnson (Oculus, Stuck in Love), Julie B. May (Stuck in Love, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn), Glenn Murray (Oculus, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn), Josette Perrota (300, The Spyderwick Chronicles), Stephen J. Rivele, Raj Brinder Singh (John Wick, The November Man) and Christopher Wilkinson. Co-executive producers are Vishal Rungta(The November Man, Laggies) and AnkurRungta (The November Man, Laggies). Co-producer is Matthew Plouffe (The Fifth Wave, Z for Zachariah). Associate producers are Troy Putney (Love and Other Drugs, Defiance) and Darin Rivetti (American Gangster, Black Hawk Down).
Sports biopic Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer is getting rave reviews from the moviegoers.
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Bobby Fischer's story is so fascinating. Loved the new movie by poker pro + part time thespian Tobey Maguire #PawnSacrifice
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