Pawn Sacrifice gets day-and-date Amazon release in UK
Staff Reporter | On 11, Aug 2017
Pawn Sacrifice will premiere this weekend on Amazon Prime Video at the same time that it’s released in UK cinemas.
The biopic, which stars Tobey Maguire, is based on the story of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. The true story set during the height of the Cold War follows Fischer, as he finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire, culminating in an epic set of matches at the 1972 World Chess Championships.
Directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) and written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders), the film also stars Liev 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.
Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s journey from living in Brooklyn to capturing the imagination of the world. Incorporating historic footage, the film follows the story of his championship and his gradual descent into psychosis caused by the pressure to win every chess game.
The film will be released in the UK on Sunday 13th August, both in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video. Read on for a trailer – or for more on what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in August, click here.