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Searching for Bobby Fischer

Searching for Bobby Fischer
Starring:
Max Pomerance, Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley and Laurence Fishburne


Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 11, 1993 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomerance), a seven-year-old boy has the ability to see numerous chess moves at once. He is an ordinary child with an extraordinary gift. He is called the next Bobby Fischer.

His father (Joe Mantegna) and his teacher Bruce Pandolfini (Ben Kingsley) pull at him and work to train his skill for the various youth chess tournaments. T the same time, Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne), a street player, tells young Josh to look to his feelings when he plays. The opposing forces place pressure on Josh and the game begins to become a chore rather than the fun it was at the beginning.

Pomerance is warm and convincing. He expresses his feelings far more through his eyes and movements than words. The adults who attempt to frame his future learn the need for a seven-year-old to be a seven-year-old before he must face his adult future. This is a pleasant trip through a year in a child's life.

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