Bobby Fischer Against the World – 8

An impeccable documentary, if there is such a thing, telling the story of chess master Bobby Fischer from beginning to end. The interviews were just the right length: all contributed to the story’s momentum and came from people who seemed to know whereof they spoke. The climax of the Spassky match was folded neatly into the story arc in a way that didn’t diminish what followed. How amazing, when today hardly anyone can name a single chess master or heavyweight boxer, that there was a moment in recent history when the two most famous athletes, if not personalities, in the world were Muhammad Ali and Bobby Fischer. (And how great that the associate producer could get Nick Cage to play Bobby!)

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