PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport
Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.
Academy Award-winning producer and director Edward Zwick was brought in to helm the film by producers Gail Katz and Tobey Maguire. Katz said: "A lot of top directors were interested. We knew Ed had a history of doing historical pictures with great accuracy that were also very commercial. He knows how to make a truthful and compelling film."
In Game 1, the film gave the impression that Fischer lost a bishop for nothing and had to resign immediately. In reality, Fischer's pawn-grabbing with his bishop on the 29th move eventually led to his giving up the bishop for two pawns, which gave Spassky an advantage but it still took him much hard work and two sessions to win. The time limit was 40 moves in the first 2.5 hours, 56 in 3.5 hours, 72 in 4.5 hours, 88 in 5.5 hours, etc. for each player. Also, the game could be adjourned after the first 40 moves (maximum of five hours of play). Thus after 40 moves, Spassky sealed his next move and the game had to be continued the next day. Both teams spent anxious hours at night analyzing whether the game might still be saved for Fischer, and opinions were mixed. On the next day, Fischer played on till the end of the next time control and finally resigned at the end of move 56.
In the closing credits, the name of the character Cyril (played by Shawn Campbell) is misspelled "Cryil".
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