Searching for Bobby Fischer

Searching for Bobby Fischer

DVD - 2006
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Josh (Pomeranc) is a budding seven-year-old chess prodigy, whose father is determined to make him a chess champion in the same class as champion Bobby Fischer. But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prizes more than winning: his family's love.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Video, c2006
Branch Call Number: J DVD Family / Searc 3558jfdvd 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container


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DanniOcean Aug 18, 2009

One of my all-time favourite family movies.

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LPL_MattS Apr 11, 2018

A fun, straightforward chess movie that's great for those relatively new to the game, how tournaments work, etc. My only complaint is that there are times it can feel a little paint-by-number. Queen of Katwe, by comparison, also has an inspirational element to the plot but feels much more fulfilling because the protagonist in that film faces far, far more challenges than the protagonist in this one. Still, a good movie all around and, if you like this one, you should check out Queen of Katwe, The Luzhin Defense, and Chess Story (the Luzhin Defense is a novel by Nabokov, but was also made into a film. Chess Story was the last published work of Stefan Zweig and I believe the best story about chess ever written. I don't know if it was made into a film).

Nov 22, 2016

Every DAD and maybe Mom too should be required to watch this along with October Sky and maybe Legends of the Fall*. * not for kids

Wonderfully done about what matters in sports. I'd give it 5 stars but cannot find the rating area.

Nov 07, 2016

A good movie, based on a true story. I would recommened it.

Dec 15, 2015

Ben Kingsley is miscast as Bruce Pandolfini (a real chess coach), and the character is very much misrepresented in this movie. Josh WAS under pressure, but wasn't psychologically mistreated in the way this film would suggest. Too bad they chose Kingsley for a role that he didn't acquit well, and too bad the chess coach character was inaccurately written. Josh never made it big as a chess player, though the book gave him a huge start in life.

Nov 02, 2015

This film is about expectations, particularly parental, and the resulting pressures. Although told in the context of competitive chess, it could just as easily apply to hockey or any other sport. The moral of moderation and just being yourself is well-presented. The main character is a kid but I think your average kid that age will find the pace of this movie too slow.

Jul 31, 2015

I saw the movie and. I had liked it this is based on a true story this is not for children to watch

Mar 13, 2014

Would highly recommend this video. It is an exciting peek into the world of serious chess and gifted players. The tension between NY Central Park gambling chess players and the formal, strictly ruled US chess tournament is fascinating. The young boy who plays a potential Bobby Fischer chess genius is a delightful child actor. The movie covers many aspects of family life, parent values and conflict, how we decide what to promote or discourage in our children's lives. Excellent drama. Highly recommend.

Nov 26, 2011

Excellent cast. Great story, well told, still relevant.

Nov 10, 2010

I enjoyed this movie. Great acting with a cast of actors who would go on to be quite famous. It is a '93' movie but stands up today. It is also a true story.

Sep 22, 2010

This is a really excellent movie with many, many life lessons for all ages. One of the best.
Good for the whole family.

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Nov 02, 2015

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Sep 22, 2010

Josh learns the lessons of life while his father lets him learn chess from a master.
Through Josh's story we learn that life is not always about winning; sometimes it is OK to loose so that you can have another chance to win.
However, the essence of Josh's heart is the biggest lesson everyone learns.


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