Searching for Bobby FischerDirector: Steven Zaillian
Searching for Bobby Fischer was inspired by the life of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, as written by his father Fred Waitzkin. 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. Josh is in danger throughout the film of sacrificing his essential decency, but in a rousing conclusion, the boy is able to successfully blend ruthless competition with good sportsmanship.
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- Paramount (Pmt)
Cast & Crew
|Joe Mantegna||Fred Waitzkin|
|Max Pomeranc||Josh Waitzkin|
|Joan Allen||Bonnie Waitzkin|
|Ben Kingsley||Bruce Pandolfini|
|Michael Nirenberg||Jonathan Poe|
|Robert Stephens||Poe's Teacher|
|Vasek Simek||Russian Park Player|
|William H. Macy||Tunafish Father|
|Dan Hedaya||Tournament Director|
|Laura Linney||School Teacher|
|Anthony Heald||Fighting Patient|
|Steve Randazzo||Man of Many Signals|
|Josh Mostel||Chess Club Regular|
|Tony Shalhoub||Chess Club Member|
|Austin Pendleton||Asa Hoffman|
|Vincent Smith||Washington Square Patzer|
|Jerry Rakow||Washington Square Patzer|
|Tony de Santis||Journalist|
|R.D. Reid||Final Tournament Director|
|Anthony McGowen||Park Dealer|
|Maria Ricossa||Gym Parent|
|Caroline Yeager||Screaming Mom|
|David Lee||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Walter Gasparovic||Asst. Director|
|Tony Gittleson||Asst. Director|
|David Gropman||Production Designer|
|Conrad L. Hall||Cinematographer|
|Bob Hall||Special Effects|
|Burtt Harris||Asst. Director|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|Gregory Keen||Art Director|
|Sydney Pollack||Executive Producer|
|Steve Shewchuk||Set Decoration/Design|
|Julie Weiss||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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Something about this movie just makes me watch it over and over everytime i saw it on tv i loved it, think im gonna buy it,The movie just rocks plain and simple
If you love drama, you'll love this movie. If you are a ''chess buff'' like me, you'll love it even more. Whoever said this isn't a 5 star movie, is plain dimwitted. You get to see the struggles and triumphs of a young prodigy as he is beginning to just grow up. If you know anything about the Josh Watskins or Bobby Fischer, this movie will mean a heck of a lot more to you. The cinematography by itself ranks this movie on the all time best directed movies. If you've never spent the time to see this movie, you've been missing out.
I found Searching for Bobby Fischer to be an excellent film, and have watched it over and over. The casting was well done, and the performance that each gave was awesome. I recommend this video as excellent family viewing. Well DONE!
This film is not for chess buffs, but anyone that likes a great humanistic story. It is a universal story that treats it's subject and characters with intelligence; in other words it is not a Hollywood product. The whole cast is superb, with another standout performance by Ben Kingsley as the 'teacher'.
Quite simply, this movie is a classic. It is one of the few movies made in the last 10 years that you can truly call "inspiring." I often find that that axiom is cynical in a misleading way. Not this movie. A clarion call for all those that try to vacilitate their kids into their own vicarious longings, it really shows the downside of recent trends in sports. Josh Waitzkin is a compelling child, who happens to be a brilliant yet regular 7 year old in New York City. One of the greatest endings is also in the movie as Waitzkin defeats his nemesis. Heartwarming and I mean that.
Es una pelicula que nunca olvidaras, inspira la competencia, el amor padre e hijo, la inocencia de un niño de 7 años y las lecciones de la vida. Muestra la relacio de maestro alumno en un grado sublime, no menosprecia la enseñanza fortuita y el amor por la vida misma
A film about a brilliant chess prodigy that happens to be in most cases a normal seven-year-old. Shows the vicarious leanings have with their kids and how that puts pressure on the kids.
Well for starters Bobby Fischer himself doesn't get anything out of this movie,so producers are thieving...story is lame and references to Fischer style are wrong(ask the man himself, he's still alive you know!).so if you really wanna find out about Fischer go to his site fischer.jp even for his books he doesn't get anything out of the thieveing publishers...so stop the thieving and try and apply some Justice in the land of freedom.