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    Searching for Bobby Fischer

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    Released

    1993

    Runtime

    109

    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    What's it About

    Screenwriter Steven Zaillian, who'd won an Oscar for adapting "Schindler's List," makes his directorial debut in the true tale of Josh Waitzkin (Pomeranc), a normal seven-year-old in every way but one: he exhibits an incredible aptitude for chess. Father Fred (Mantegna) and mother Bonnie (Allen) want to foster this gift, but must walk a fine line between supporting Josh and pressuring him. Kingsley plays Bruce, a ruthless former chess master who takes the boy on as a pupil. Will Josh become the next Bobby Fischer?

    Why we love it

    This warm, intelligent film boasts a powerhouse cast (including Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy, Laura Linney, and David Paymer in support). Young Pomeranc is convincing, and both Mantegna and Allen are a joy to watch. Additionally, in this ultra-competitive society that our kids face today, the film sends an important, often unheeded message about handling competition: that the will to excel and win should always be counter-balanced by mellower, more thoughtful interests, in order to cultivate a broader, balanced life perspective. For a touching, involving, and relevant family movie, search no further than "Bobby”."