1993 • PG • Biography, Drama, Sports
A young chess prodigy struggles with the burden of his gift.
WHY WE PICKED IT: You don't have to know or love chess to appreciate this insightful look at the price of genius.
Josh Waitzkin is just a regular 7-year-old kid – until one day, he shows an interest in chess and easily beats his father at a game. Fascinated with “speed chess" games played in Washington Square Park, he begins studying the game first with a hustler named Vinnie, then with a very different, very famous coach who indoctrinates him in the "Bobby Fischer" strategy, as he must ultimately figure out how to embrace his gift without sacrificing his childhood.
DIRECTOR: Steven Zaillian
CAST: Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne
NOMINATIONS: Best Cinematography - Conrad L. Hall - Academy Awards® 1994