SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
Searching For Bobby Fischer" (PG) (1993) (111 minutes). Paramount Pictures (A Viacom Company)
"A wonderfully acted, heart-warming family film!"
This film was the Winner of a 1994 Parent's Choice Award.
If you've been searching for a "stand-up-and-cheer movie" (Peter Travers, Rollin Stone) or a film "not only to enjoy but to cherish" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) look no further -- you've found Searching for Bobby Fischer.
Josh Waitzkin is a typical seven-year old who happens to be a chess prodigy. Josh's father is a sportswriter determined to see his son become a champion. Searching For Bobby Fischer is about their heartwarming journey of discovery, as a father and son learn the one thing neither can afford to lose: their love for each other.
Fishburne and Ben Kingsley deliver powerful supporting performances in this uplifting film that's rich with all the promise and wonder of life.
(The following information is from the DVD movie jacket.)
He wasn't afraid of losing a match ... just his father's love.
"Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!" - Siskel & Ebert
An all-star cast shines in this heart-warming story of one family's journey of understanding.
Joe Mantegna stars as Fed Waitzkin, a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh (Max Pomeranc), will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother (Joan Allen), Josh is fascinated by a different fame: chess. Encouraged by a streetwise speed-chess player (Laurence Fishburne), Josh displays more than talent - he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher (Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (*)). But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parent must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prizes more than winning: his family's love.
Costarring Laura Linney and William H. Macy, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie "not only to enjoy but to cherish" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).
* 1992 Best Actor, Gandhi