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A scene from the movie Brooklyn Castle
Genre Documentary
Running Time 101 min
MPAA rating PG (for some language)
Release Date Oct 19, 2012
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Brooklyn Castle

This movie tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget… Show more

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November 15, 2012 - Boston.com - By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

Intermediate School 318, a public middle school in Brooklyn, has an unusual distinction. Not only does it have a chess team, but the team dominates national competitions the way UCLA used to dominate college basketball. It’s won 26 national chess titles. “In 318,” the school’s principal proudly says in “Brooklyn Castle,” “the geeks, they are the athletes.”

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