Pawn Sacrifice

(2015)

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Review: A Riveting Cold War Thriller

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Review: A Riveting Cold War Thriller

Bobby Fischer was a genius, a childhood prodigy who took the chess world by storm in the second half of the twentieth century. Fischer was also maddeningly erratic, possibly insane, and a fervent anti-Semite. Hollywood stalwart Edward Zwick (Glory, The Siege) and venerated screenwriter Steven Knight bring Fischer's story to life in Pawn Sacrifice. Set against the backdrop of The Cold War, Pawn Sacrifice details the events behind the world chess championship in 1972. Where Russian Grandmaster Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer played what is considered the greatest chess match of all time.

Pawn Sacrifice begins in the early 1950's during McCarthyism, The Red Scare. Fischer (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) was obsessed with chess as a child. His mother (Robin Weigert) supported her son's ambition, but she was a diehard communist and constantly watched by the government. As Fischer (Tobey Maguire) grew to young adulthood, he had soundly beaten everyone who faced him in chess. He set his sights on the grandmasters. Flying around the world, embarrassing them with his skill, and offending everyone with his arrogant personality.

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‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Trailer Stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Trailer Stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer

While there have been plenty of movies over the years telling Chess Champion Bobby Fischer's story, none have ever been quite like Pawn Sacrifice. Check out Tobey Maguire & Liev Schreiber as they square-off in the new trailer from Bleecker Street! From director Edward Zwick and writer Steven Knight, the gripping true story about American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer and the greatest chess match every played opens in select theaters this fall!

This gripping true story is set during the height of the Cold War. American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Rabe, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Bobby Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

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‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Poster: Tobey Maguire Is Bobby Fischer

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Poster: Tobey Maguire Is Bobby Fischer

After winning big with both the original Spider-Man trilogy and a series of underground poker games that turned him into a multi-millionaire, star Tobey Maguire has remained quite selective when it comes to chosing his next role. So you know Pawn Sacrifice must be something very special to bring the actor out of his semi-retirement. He controls the board with the new poster for his next film, the Bleeker Street drama Pawn Sacrifice!

Pawn Sacrifice is a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War. American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Bobby Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

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Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard Join ‘Pawn Sacrifice’

Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard Join ‘Pawn Sacrifice’

Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber are in talks to star alongside Tobey Maguire in Pawn Sacrifice. We reported in August 2012 that Edward Zwick signed on to direct.

The Cold War-era drama is based on the true story of chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire), who became the youngest grand master in chess history. The story is set in 1972 when, after an unprecedented winning streak, Fischer reached the world championship finals against the seemingly unbeatable Soviet master Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). Peter Sarsgaard is playing a priest who becomes Fischer's confidante during this period.

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‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Lands Director Edward Zwick

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Lands Director Edward Zwick

Edward Zwick (Defiance, Blood Diamond) has signed on to direct Pawn Sacrifice, with Tobey Maguire attached to star and produce.

The project is based on the true story of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer's famous world championship match against Russia's Boris Spassky in 1972. Tobey Maguire will portray Bobby Fischer, with producers currently seeking an actor to play his Russian counterpart. We first reported on this project back in March 2010, when David Fincher was set to direct.

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