Dangerous Moves

1985, Mystery & thriller, 1h 40m

6 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Aging Soviet chess champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) arrives in Geneva to face off against his former student Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt) in a World Championship match. Pavius is a defector from the USSR, and the Soviet authorities threaten to harm Akiva's family if he does not defeat the rogue player. Determined to shame Pavius, the government brings the wife (Liv Ullmann) he left behind to the game, attempting to unnerve him as the stress of the match takes its toll on both men.

Cast & Crew

Michel Piccoli
Akiva Liebskind
Leslie Caron
Henia Liebskind
Liv Ullmann
Marina Fromm
Michel Aumont
Stepan Ivanovitch Kerossian
Wojciech Pszoniak
Le grand maître Felton - l'équipe de Fromm
Richard Dembo
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  • Jul 22, 2014
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2013
    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 N Super Reviewer

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