Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Director
Steven Zaillian

Main cast
Max Pomeranc; Joe Mantegna; Joan Allen; Ben Kingsley; Laurence Fishburne

Genres
Drama

Description
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.


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