• Searching for Bobby Fischer (1997)

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Release Date: September 2nd, 1997

DVD Release Date: July 11th, 2000

PG |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

After he beats his dad (Joe Mantegna) in a chess match, Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc), a 7-year-old, gets noticed for his talent. He becomes interested in speed chess at the park and learns the game from a hustler named Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne). However, Josh's parents invest in the services of Bruce (Ben Kingsley), a famous coach who has very different practices. Between Bruce's methods and the stress of the competitions, Josh learns that even a chess prodigy cannot make all the right moves.

Cast: Joe Mantegna, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Nirenberg, Robert Stephens, David Paymer

Director: Steven Zaillian

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Mirage Entertainment

Distributors: Argentina Video Home, Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Competition , 1980s , Engaging , Father , Rise , Inspiring , New York City , Underdog , Heartwarming ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Chicago Tribune

    A splendid new movie. [22 Aug 1993, p.3N]

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    A riveting screen adventure. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A film of remarkable sensitivity and insight. show more

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Awards

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