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Story

Steve Zaillian, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Schindler's List, made his directorial debut with this critically acclaimed but little-seen drama based on the nonfiction book by Fred Waitzkin, about a father (Joe Mantegna) who discovers that his seven-year-old son (Max Pomeranc) is a genius at playing chess. The boy plays chess for fun, but when he's tutored by a former champion (Ben Kingsley) and entered into high-pressure competitions, an enjoyable pastime becomes a source of tension and resentment, forcing the father to reconsider his parental priorities. A poignant study of the difference between parental idealism and proper parenting, the movie is also an observantly witty portrait of a precocious child who is still, after all, a child, and still eager for the joyful discoveries of youth. While offering a fascinating look into the world of competitive chess, the movie's dramatically engrossing and extremely well-acted by a brilliant cast that also includes David Paymer, William H. Macy, and Dan Hedaya in memorable supporting roles. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Max PomerancJosh Waitzkin
Joe MantegnaFred Waitzkin
Joan AllenBonnie Waitzkin
Ben KingsleyBruce Pandolfini
Laurence FishburneVinnie
David PaymerKalev
Hal ScardinoMorgan
William H. MacyTunafish Father
Dan HedayaTournament Director
Laura LinneySchool Teacher
Anthony HealdFighting Parent
Tony ShalhoubChess Club Member
Austin PendletonAsa Hoffman

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Steven Zaillian
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 109 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 11, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 2000
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