Searching for Bobby Fischer
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- Original title
Searching for Bobby Fischer aka
- Running time
- 107 min.
- United States
Steven Zaillian. Book: Fred Waitzkin
Conrad L. Hall
Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Nirenberg, David Paymer, Robert Stephens, Dan Hedaya, Austin Pendleton, Laura Linney, Anthony Heald, Tony Shalhoub, William H. Macy
Paramount Pictures. Producer: Sydney Pollack
Drama | Sports. Chess. Based On A True Story
- Synopsis / Plot
- Josh (Max Pomeranc) is a "regular kid" who begins evincing signs of being a genius at chess. His father (Joe Mantegna) encourages this, hoping that it won't fundamentally change his son's healthy outlook on life. But Josh is taken under the wing of cold-blooded chess instructor Bruce Pandolfini (Ben Kingsley), who indoctrinates the boy in the "Bobby Fischer" strategy. Unfortunately, Pandolfini emphasizes all of Fischer's negative traits, especially his contempt for his opponents... Searching for Bobby Fischer was inspired by the life of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, as written by his father Fred Waitzkin.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Cinematography
: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay
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