Pawn Sacrifice

In 1972, Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.


Pawn Sacrifice
This biopic takes a look at chess legend Bobby Fischer, who found himself caught between two superpowers when he played for the world championship, while battling some personal demons of his own at the same time.

115 minutes.
Parental Guidance 10-12.
Biographical, Drama, On the art circuit
Pawn to queen 4.
Pawn to queen 4.

Credits

Cast
Toby Maguire, Robin Weigert, Lily Rabe, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director
Edward Zwick
ScreenplaySteven Knight, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson
MusicJames Newton Howard
CinematographyBradford Young
EditingSteven Rosenblum
Sound formats
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2014
Produced byGail Katz Productions, MICA Entertainment, Material Pictures, Mels Cite du Cinema, PalmStar Media, PenLife Media

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreBiopic
LanguageInfrequent, mild to moderate impact
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
Comments
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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance SuggestedRated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking
Runtime115
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
1
Blood / Gore / Gross
0
Guns / Weapons
1
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
5
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
1
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
2
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
13 +
Positive messages
2
Positive role models
1
Violence
1
Sex
3
Language
3
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
2

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Stephanie Merry quote iconUS chess genius fights the enemy abroad and within.
10
Cape Times
Jordan Mintzer quote iconCompelling chess champ biopic.
10
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconA solid piece of filmmaking and storytelling about a bygone cultural event that caught the public's attention and made a hero out of a man who wasn't looking to be that.
12
Metacritic.com
29 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
78 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconAnchored by a sensitive performance from Tobey Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice adds another solidly gripping drama to the list of films inspired by chess wiz Bobby Fischer.
14
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
CommonSenseMedia
Staff evaluation quote iconFascinating chess biopic deals with mental instability.
15

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
29 users
16
Rottentomatoes users
8294 users
13
Internet
1944 Netizens quote iconI didn't know chess could be so intense & thrilling!
15

Average .. 65%

13

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