The Luzhin Defence (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Two worlds collide when an eccentric genius falls in love with a strong-willed society beauty.




  • The Luzhin Defence (2000)
  • The Luzhin Defence (2000)
  • The Luzhin Defence (2000)
  • The Luzhin Defence (2000)
  • The Luzhin Defence (2000)
  • The Luzhin Defence (2000)

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14 September 2000 | edmalc
| Definitely One to Check, Mate.
Part of the enjoyment that I took from this film stemmed from the fact that I knew nothing more about it than that it starred John Turturro and Emily Watson (2 reasons enough to watch), was a period piece and involved chess. Everything that evolved before me was completely unexpected. I shan't, therefore, give away much more. Suffice to say that Turturro is magnificent as an eccentric, obsessive and deeply vulnerable chess genius and Em matches him step for step as the strong-minded woman who is drawn to him. It's about love and obsession, rather than the venerated board game and after drawing me in gradually over the first half hour, became totally compelling. And I defy anyone to second-guess the ending.

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Release Date:

8 September 2000


English, Italian

Country of Origin

UK, France

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Opening Weekend USA:

$63,203 22 April 2001

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