Pawn Sacrifice  

On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

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

Director: Edward Zwick
Writers: Steven Knight, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson.

Release Date: 2015-09-16
Status: Released
Run time: 115 min / 1:55
Budget: $19,000,000
Revenue: $5,578,519
Production Companies : Gail Katz Productions, PalmStar Media
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 2015-09-16
Status: Released
Run time: 115 min / 1:55
Budget: $19,000,000
Revenue: $5,578,519

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Tobey Maguire
as Bobby Fischer
Lily Rabe
as Joan Fischer
Peter Sarsgaard
as Father Bill Lombardy
Liev Schreiber
as Boris Spassky
Sophie Nélisse
as Young Joan
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Paul Marshall
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
as Teen Bobby Fischer
Conrad Pla
as Carmine Nigro
Aiden Lovekamp
as Young Bobby Fischer
Evelyne Brochu
as Donna
Robin Weigert
as Regina Fischer
Andreas Apergis
as Uncle Paul
Katie Nolan
as Maria
Ilia Volok
as KGB Agent
Peter Janov
as KGB Agent
Spiro Malandrakis
as Reporter
Arthur Holden
as Party Guest
Raphael Grosz-Harvey
as Donald Byrne
John Maclaren
as Theodore Tremblay
Carlo Mestroni
as Vancouver Reporter
Vitali Makarov
as Yovanovic
Eric Lee Huffman
as KGB Bodyguard
Brett Watson
as Lothar Schmid
Shawn Campbell
as Cyril Pustan
Eugene Nomura
as Japanese Anchorman
Norman Lehnert
as German Reporter
Edward Zinoviev
as Geller
Serge Martineau
as Limousine driver
Sam Stone
as Deli Customer
Jonathan Dubsky
as Tremblay's Aide
Mark Slacke
as Icelandic Journalist
Alexandre Gorchkov
as Iivo Nei
Igor Ovadis
as Russian Bookstore Owner
Bobo Vian
as Bookstore Owner's Wife
Joe Cobden
as Motel Clerk
Brent Skagford
as Businessman (Motel)
Richard Jutras
as Referee - Santa Monica
Yanick Bousquet
as Foreign Reporter #1 (French)
Shanmugasunder Chetty
as Foreign Reporter #2 (East Indian)
Mohsen El Gharbi
as Foreign Reporter #3 (Dutch)
Andrew Peplowski
as ABC News Anchor
David Pryde
as 50's Reporter
Roc LaFortune
as Official (Soviet Accres.)
Vito DeFilippo
as Russian Opponent (Bulgaria 1967)
Ellen David
as Party Guest #1 (Fischer Apt.)
Rosaruby Kagan
as Party Guest #2 (Fischer Apt.)
Arthur Holden
as Party Guest #3 (Fischer Apt.)
Alain Goulem
as Reporter #1 (Vancouver)
Carlo Mestroni
as Reporter #2 (Vancouver)
Glen Bowser
as Bus Driver
Zach Fraser
as Long Haired Hippy
Alexandra Van Loon
as Joan's Daughter
Marco Verdoni
as Joan's Husband
Matt Keyes
as JFK Airport Journalist
Edward Yankie
as President Nixon
Al Vandecruys
as Arbiter - Bulgaria
Al Dubois
as NBC Reporter
Francois Cote
as Marshall Heavy
François Ducharme
as Bent Larsen
Maurice Demers
as President Brezhnev
Grace Anne
as Bobby Fischer Fan (uncredited)
Nathaly Thibault
as Press Conference (uncredited)
Benoit Priest
as Texan Trucker (uncredited)
Sigurbjörn Guðmundsson
as Icelandic Policeman (uncredited)
Natalija Ugrina
as Bikini Babe (uncredited)
Lydia Zadel
as Kissing Woman (uncredited)
Dennis Staroselsky
as (uncredited)
André Sogliuzzo
as Henry Kissinger (voice, uncredited)


Directing Edward Zwick Director
Writing Steven Knight Screenplay
Writing Stephen J. Rivele Screenplay
Writing Christopher Wilkinson Screenplay
Production Gail Katz Producer
Production Tobey Maguire Producer
Editing Steven Rosenblum Editor
Camera Bradford Young Director of Photography

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  • Audience Reviews for Pawn Sacrifice A fascinating character piece, Pawn Sacrifice looks at the tragedy and genius of chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer. After withdrawing from competitive play American chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer is approached by a lawyer looking to be his backer and to help him to win the world chess championship and a ...

  • 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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  • Pawn Sacrifice movie reviews & Metacritic score: In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey ...

  • Edward Zwick directs this film interpretation of the superpowers’ chess battle waged by Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972.

  • Pawn Sacrifice review – Bobby Fischer biopic is a bit stale, mate 2 / 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars. Tobey Maguire makes a decent fist of playing the prickly chess grandmaster, but Edward Zwick’s unsubtle film never delves beneath the surface of his paranoid psychology

  • Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire, winds up feeling an awful lot like Rocky IV, just substituting chess for boxing.

  • As so often happens in films that begin with the phrase "Based on a true story," Pawn Sacrifice is a cunningly crafted entertainment that does a disservice to the people whose stories it co-opts. Full Review