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Knight Moves (1992)

A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer ... See full summary »

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Jeremy Edmonds (as Ferdinand Mayne)
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Debi Rutlege
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Steve Nolan
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A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer urging him to try and figure out the game, he cooperates with police and a psychologist to try and catch the killer, but doubts linger about the grandmaster's innocence as the string of grisly murders continues. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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When genius becomes twisted...Murder becomes the ultimate game [uk video cover] See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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22 January 1993 (USA)  »

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$923,418 (USA)
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Christopher Lambert would later go on to star as Raiden in Mortal Kombat (1995), which is based on the video game Mortal Kombat (1992). In the later Mortal Kombat video games Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004) and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006), featured Chess Kombat, which is a special gameplay, which is based on real life chess games. See more »

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During the fight scene with the water coming down, you can see a crew member with his camera covered in a clear tarp on the right side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Grandmater Lutz: You're acting like a superstitious schoolboy, Peter. What's next, incense and Rosary beads?
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References Night Moves (1975) See more »

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Fool That I Am
Composed by Floyd Hunt (as Hunt) (Intersong USA)
Performed by Carol Kenyon
Produced by Anne Dudley
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CheckMate!
30 August 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

On the advice of some the comments I read here on the IMDB site, I picked up a $4.99 on sale wide screen DVD of this film. This film is an outstanding and extremely well written dark, disturbing murder thriller. I was amazed not expecting it to be this good! It does remind me a lot of the early 1970's Dario Argento films with it's black gloved razor blade clutching killer, oddball characters and film style. Set on an isolated island off the coast of British Columbia during a world chess championship, the killer is murdering the locals leaving scrawled blood drenched clues above their beds as he murders by chess moves. Christopher Lambert is one of the eccentric chess players drawn into the mystery who may(or may not)himself be the culprit. The clues in this movie stand up for any mystery lover and it was fun to try to solve the riddles presented and figure out who-dun-it. This is definately Lambert's best film role as he delivers a feverish performance. Last 20 minutes you will be on the edge of your seat as the film rushes to it's chilling and VERY exciting finale. The final camera "flash" shot (see the film then you will know what I am referring too) and last line spoken was a brilliant way to end this really great mystery thriller. This film was only fairly received upon it's initial release and most people have never even heard of it. I recommend this movie very highly for those who like an intelligent mystery that relies on mood, stylish directing and a well written script. 10/10 this movie blew me away!


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