Searching for Bobby Fischer Movie Review 1993

Information and Film Reviews for Searching for Bobby Fischer the Movie

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Seven-year-old Josh Waitzkin (Pomeranc, in his debut) shows an amazing gift for chess, stunning his parents, who must then try to strike the delicate balance of developing his abilities while also allowing him a "normal" childhood. Excellent cast features Mantegna and Allen as his parents, Kingsley as demanding chess teacher Pandolfini, and Fishburne as an adept speed-chess hustler. Pomeranc is great, and his knowledge of chess (he's a ranked player) brings authenticity to his role. Title comes from Pandolfini's belief that Josh may equal the abilities of chess whiz Bobby Fischer. Underrated little gem based on a true story and adapted from the book by Waitzkin's father.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 111 minutes.

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Family Ties, Childhood Visions, True Stories, Chess, Gifted Children, New York, New York
Steven Zaillian
Joe Mantegna, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence "Larry" Fishburne, Robert Stephens, David Paymer, William H. Macy, Hal Scardino
Conrad L. Hall
Steven Zaillian
James Horner
Scott Rudin, William Horberg, Sydney Pollack, Mirage Productions, Paramount Pictures


MTV Movie Awards 1994: New Filmmaker (Zaillian).

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