La Diagonale du Fou (Dangerous Moves) (1984)

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Michel Piccoli plays Akiva Liebskind, a Russian chess genius in the Swiss-filmed Dangerous Moves. He is pitted against Soviet exile Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who, since childhood, has dreamed of nothing but defeating Liebskind. Both men soon become obsessed with winning. Already suffering from a weak heart, Liebskind courts a coronary, while the increasingly paranoid Fromm is convinced that his opponent is spying on him from every corner. The KGB enters into the game by attempting to sabotage Fromm, hoping that by doing so they will discredit everyone who's ever publicly opposed the Soviet government. Dangerous Moves was the 1984 recipient of the Best Foreign-Language Picture Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for La Diagonale du Fou (Dangerous Moves)

All Critics (5)

This well executed thriller about a chess game between a Soviet citizen and a Soviet exile won the 1984 foreign lingo Oscar

Jan 2, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An engrossing Swiss film that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the cerebral sport of chess.

Aug 22, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This movie has dated considerably and can best be called a cold war relic. Still, I did find it intriguing and an interesting premise.

Mar 2, 2004 | Rating: 73/100 | Full Review…

a relatively charming endgame doesn't save Dangerous Moves from its ordinary opening and unimaginative middle game performances.

Jun 22, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

a metaphor for not just east vs. west, but life vs. life.

Jun 19, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for La Diagonale du Fou (Dangerous Moves)

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Taut, well acted Cold War type political thriller in which the battlefield is the world championship chess match between a Soviet and a Soviet defector. Won the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Excellent movie.

Morris Nelms
Morris Nelms

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A Soviet exile and a Soviet citizen are pitted in a high-pressure chess match. While some of the events, like the witch doctor in the audience, are funny and interesting, as a whole, this film is about as exciting and entertaining as you'd think a film about chess would be. What the film fails to do is get into the heads of these players to the point that their machinations raise to the level of compelling drama. Overall, I balk at calling a film boring, but honesty compels me to say that Dangerous Moves is kinda boring.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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