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Title:
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Edition:
Widescreen fomrat.
Publication Information:
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, 2000, c1993.
ISBN:
9780792166245
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD; Dolby digital 5.1 surround English; Dolby digital surround in English or French; region 1.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: PG.

5-adult
Language:
English
Language Note:
Soundtrack in English or French; subtitles in English.

Closed-captioned.
General Note:
Based on the book by Fred Waitzkin.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1993.

"Enhanced for 16x9 [televisions]"--Container.
Abstract:
The father of a prodigy observes the world of chess and faces the problem of encouraging his gifted child while preserving his innocence.
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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi