Tobey Maguire Chess Movie Launches Day-and-Date On Amazon in the U.K.

Tobey Maguire Chess Movie Launches Day
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Pawn Sacrifice” will launch on Amazon’s U.K. Prime Video on August 13, the first time the streaming service has had a movie day and date with its theatrical release in the country.

The film stars Tobey Maguire as American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer and launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, before getting a limited U.S. release in 2015.

Set at the height of the Cold War, the film tells the story of Fischer and the epic matches he had at the 1972 World Chess Championships, effectively a match-up between the superpowers of the U.S. and Soviet Russia.

Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.K. will be able to stream or download the movie from this weekend, as the film is released in theaters. Bleecker Street took the U.S. rights to the movie, and in the U.K. it is with eOne.

Directed by Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”) and written by Steven Knight  (“Peaky Blinders”) the film also stars Live Schreiber (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as Russian champion Boris Spassky, Michael Stuhlbarg (“Boardwalk Empire”) as the American lawyer who promotes the championship match and Peter Sarsgaard (“Jackie”) as Father Bill Lombardy who accompanies Fischer on his journey.

“Tobey Maguire gives an angry, bristling performance as chess champ Bobby Fischer in Edward Zwick’s conventionally effective biopic,” Variety said in its review of “Pawn Sacrifice.”

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  1. Sharon M says:

    I can guarantee you that this movie does not tell the truth about Bobby Fischer. He was in a cult. (The cult members will attack and villify anyone who calls Armstrong’s cult, a “CULT.”) Yet, the reformed Worldwide Church of God (now called Grace Communion International) states,

    Unorthodox doctrines
    “…As Herbert Armstrong criticized traditional Christianity, he also attracted criticism. Many people considered him to be the leader of a heretical cult. Today, the leaders of this denomination reject Armstrongʼs doctrinal errors. We acknowledge that our errors were deep and serious…”
    – GCI (About Us)

    As Maureen at cult resource “ReFocus” recently wrote me,

    ” What happened with Bobby Fisher is indeed tragic, but those of us who have come under the sway of cults understand all too well how this can happen. […] I am glad to hear you wrote of your experiences and hope that you will be able to help, educate and inform other people about WWCG and cults in general. I do know that WWCG has changed their stance on many issues and are at least doctrinally willing to admit they were in error. However, I truly hope that they can acknowledge the manipulation and control, which is many ways was more insidious, and not just the error in doctrine. […] I deeply respect how you are trying to bring good out of what happened and that you have the heart that you do for Bobby Fischer. This is why I am involved myself in the cult education/recovery field, i.e., I have wanted to bring good out of what, at times, have been debilitating experiences.”

    Armstrong drilled it in tight, the “End Time” was near at hand. The Nazis were going to rise in Europe and commit great atrocities and martyrdom against America and Britain, printed in Armstrong’s publication, “1975 In Prophecy!” (Bobby Fischer was shaped by this terror from 1962-1973… till he saw, ah, the Nazis didn’t invade… but Armstrong said they would, in 1972…”

    And lo and behold, the New York Times states Bobby Fischer was living out at Pasadena headquarters and reported as “replaying Chess Games and reading Nazi Literature”… 1973. One year after Armstrong’s prophecy began failing… by 1974, Bobby gave his last tithes to Armstrong… Armstrong fleeced Bobby and left him mentally traumatized by his terror doctrines.

    What Bobby stated in 1977:
    “…“I have to discuss some of the things Herbert has done to me-how he screwed up my mind-just to let people know that this is for real, because if anybody tried to live by the letter of the law… it was me. I truly tried to be obedient. The more I tried, the more crazy I became. The pressure he puts on you! You can’t do this, you can’t do that, you can’t tell your friends this, you can’t see unconverted people, you can’t eat this, you can’t eat that, on the sabbath you have to rest, you have to listen to the radio program every day, you have to study the correspondence course… and then you’re supposed to pray…”
    The real proof for me was those [false] prophecies. Everybody has a different way of looking at it, but to me that shows he [Armstrong] is an outright huckster…”
    – Bobby Fischer, 1977

    By 1979, Bobby writes Pal Benko a raging anti-Jewish letter and mentions he had just picked up … days before… a copy of Mein Kampf and tells Pal Benko (1979) “Hitler was not a great man.”

    Oh my… so many, many lies about Bobby Fischer… including the little known fact, Armstrong’s cult WAS NOT ANTISEMITIC.

    I know the path Bobby Fischer took (mentally) because I ended up in the Nazi Movement myself thanks to Armstrong’s demented fearmongering and terrormongering for tithes and fleecing the sheep. Armstrong really put the pressure on Bobby, as NY Times reported, it was rumored that Bobby was financially DESTITUTE in 1973… and Bobby stated in an interview about Armstrong’s DOOMSDAY CULT,

    “But I was really upset in 1972 […] I thought, ‘This doesn’t seem right. I gave all my money. Everybody has been telling me this [1972 would be the date the WCG would flee to a place of safety] for years. And now, he’s half-denying he ever said it when I remember him saying it a hundred times.”
    -Bobby Fischer, 1977

    I HAVE TOLD THE STORY ABOUT HOW MYSELF AND BOBBY FISCHER ENDED UP IN THE FAR RIGHT. All I have seen in the media are lies and more lies. PAINFUL LIES because people are
    1) painfully ignorant about the doctrines of Herbert W. Armstrong,
    2) painfully ignorant about Cultic far right ideology which Armstrong’s Cult acted as a “Gateway” into and once exposed to Nazi literature,
    3) painfully ignorant about the history of Bolshevism which both I and Bobby Fischer preoccupied about and ruminated over since we learned of it.. till the day he went to his grave.

    So many theories upon theories are out there swirling around by people who know absolutely nothing important about those three topics and what _really_ happened inside that cult and the private political/religious life of Bobby. I know because I LIVED THROUGH IT. I’m sick of people slandering Bobby Fischer with vicious lies. That malicious media slander is HURTING the other cult members who took that path into the far right also, the media terror machine… those cult victims will be afraid to come forward and seek help or support.

    Whole story, including newspaper articles… Google “Vindication of Bobby Fischer dot co” to understand what REALLY happened.

    I married a man on the far right who killed three people and terrorized my life for over 6 months, and took out what little sanity Armstrong’s sick, depraved cult left remaining… all of it, courtesy of the Herbert W. Armstrong CULT Bobby and myself were in. Bobby attended for 15 years, 1962-mid 1970’s, and I was inducted from 1973-1991 … 18 years.

    Bobby was alone surrounded by people who were judgmental and weren’t qualified to know anything about where his mind was at, and had no understanding or insight.

    There are others still out there. And like Bobby and myself, probably alone in mental hell.

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