Year: 2014

Original Title: Pawn sacrifice

Country: USA

Length: 115 minutes

Budget: $19,000,000

Genre: Biography, Drama

Studios: Universal Pictures

Suitable for 12 years and over

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Release Dates

United Kingdom: August 11 2017

United States: September 25 2015


Ranking: 660 out of 12,803 movies (up 590)


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This film are based on real events. Chess champion of United States, Bobby Fischer, starring by Tobey Maguire will prepare for one of the world's most anticipated events of the twentieth century, the championship of chess in Iceland. He finds himself caught between genius and madness. During the edge of the Cold War, Fischer will face a great opponent, Boris Spasskij, starring by Liev Schreiber, the Russian champion. Thus, this chess game will become one of the most important events in history. Fischer spent 20 years without competing after that victory, exhaustion generated by the pressure of the game, left him on the verge of collapse. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.


Cast Pawn Sacrifice

Tobey Maguire

Bobby Fischer

Liev Schreiber

Boris Spassky

Lily Rabe

Joan Fischer

Robin Weigert

Regina Fischer

Peter Sarsgaard

Father Bill Lombardy

Michael Stuhlbarg

Paul Marshall



Trivia Pawn Sacrifice

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist, a list of the most liked unmade scripts of the year. Bobby was a fan of European football as well as chess, saying on several occasions that he followed Manchester United and dreamed of watching them live. Bobby Fischer is widely considered to be one of the best chess players to have ever lived.