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Searching for Bobby Fischer
(1993)

AKA: Innocent Moves

Country: USA

Genre: Drama

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Synopsis

Josh is a typical kid until one day he challenges his father at chess and wins. He then makes friends with a street hustler named Vinnie who teaches him speed chess. Josh's parents hire a renowned chess coach, Bruce, who teaches him the usefulness of measured planning. Along the way Josh becomes tired of Bruce's system and chess in general and purposely throws a match, leaving the prospects of winning a national championship in serious jeopardy.

Notes

  • Based on the 1988 book "Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess", by Fred Waitzkin. The book is about Fred Waitzkin's son, the chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin (b. 1976).
  • For his role in this film, Max Pomeranc was nominated for an award in the category Best Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture at the 1994 Young Artist Awards, but lost out to Ross Malinger for his performance in "Sleepless in Seatle" (1993).

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Formulaic but very well-executed. Apparently not very accurate about tournament chess, and the best fictional chess movie ever made must surely remain the 1925 Russian short comedy Chess Fever. However, Max Pomeranc's lead performance is such a treat to watch that it's hard to care about anything else!

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Known as 'Innocent Moves' here in the UK, Max Pomeranc gave a masterful performance as the boy chess prodigy. Interesting to see the point made about the parents having to be kept away from the tournament room. This is what can happen actually. And what of Michael Nirenberg cast as Max's arch enemy, Jonathan Poe? Poor kid, even though given the part of the baddy boy he played his character well. From the position of the pieces at the time Poe was offered a draw, several chess buffs have since pointed out that Poe could've won. Fine film and well acted by all the boy performers.

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Max Pomeranc and Ben Kingsley create movie magic!

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