Critical Thinking

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 2020
  • Running time: 117 min
It’s 1998 in Miami. Rampant poverty, broken families, and a prejudiced system push underprivileged youth to the fringes of society. But for a magnetic group of teens, there’s a reprieve. A game where it’s not about where you come from, but how you play. read more

It’s 1998 in Miami. Rampant poverty, broken families, and a prejudiced system push underprivileged youth to the fringes of society. But for a magnetic group of teens, there’s a reprieve. A game where it’s not about where you come from, but how you play. That equalizer is chess. Mr. “T” Martinez, a chess militant and passionate coach, leads them to a completely foreign field of battle: the National Chess Championship. With an underfunded school district, Martinez and his team can’t just waltz into the arena. They have to fight for it. Chess runs parallel to their own experiences as Martinez teaches them that the power of Critical Thinking can not only save their kings, but also their lives.

Original Release

2020

Cast

John Leguizamo Mario Martinez
Rachel Bay Jones Principal Kestel
Michael K. Williams Mr. Roundtree
Corwin C. Tuggles Sedrick Roundtree
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. Ito Paniagua (as Jorge Lendeborg) / Ito Paniagua
Angel Bismark Curiel Rodelay Medina
William Hochman Gil Luna
Jeffry Batista Marcel Martinez
Zora Casebere Chanayah
Ramses Jimenez Andre Lamar
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Leguizamo

Writers

Dito Montiel

Cast

John Leguizamo Mario Martinez
Rachel Bay Jones Principal Kestel
Michael K. Williams Mr. Roundtree
Corwin C. Tuggles Sedrick Roundtree
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. Ito Paniagua (as Jorge Lendeborg) / Ito Paniagua
Angel Bismark Curiel Rodelay Medina
William Hochman Gil Luna
Jeffry Batista Marcel Martinez
Zora Casebere Chanayah
Ramses Jimenez Andre Lamar
Todd Allen Durkin Detective Ransone
Brandon Somers Harutyun Akopyan
Isaac Beverly Pickle
Ruben E. A. Brown Donny
Sydney Arroyo Cornelia
Carlos Guerrero Mr. Mann
Michele Lepe News Reporter
Tatum Price Flight Attendant
Betsy Graver Tournament Director
Dave Baez Detective Vargas

Producers

John Leguizamo Executive Producer
Carla Berkowitz Executive Producer
Harvey Chaplin Executive Producer
Emilio Estefan Executive Producer
John J. Brunetti Jr. Producer
Joseph Krutel Producer
Jason Mandl Producer
Scott M. Rosenfelt Producer
Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt Producer

Editors

Jamie Kirkpatrick

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