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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

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In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played golf against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon.

Director:

Bill Paxton

Writers:

Mark Frost (book), Mark Frost (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Paxton ... Young Harry Vardon
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Black Top Hatted Man
Armand Laroche ... Black Top Hatted Man
Peter Hurley Peter Hurley ... Black Top Hatted Man
Gregory Terlecki ... Black Top Hatted Man
Jonathan Higgins ... Embry Wallis
Matthew Knight ... Young Francis Ouimet
Luke Askew ... Alec Campbell
Amanda Tilson ... Young Sarah Wallis
Elias Koteas ... Arthur Ouimet
Jamie Merling Jamie Merling ... Young Louise Ouimet
Eugenio Esposito Eugenio Esposito ... Young Raymond Ouimet
Marnie McPhail ... Mary Ouimet
Stephen Dillane ... Harry Vardon
Robin Wilcock Robin Wilcock ... Bernard Darwin
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Storyline

Near the turn of the twentieth century, young Harry Vardon becomes a champion golfer but learns that his amazing skill is no match for the class boundaries that exclude him from "gentlemanly" English society. A dozen years later, a young American, Francis Ouimet, fights against the same prejudice, as well as his own father's disdain, for a chance to participate in the U.S. Open against his idol -- Harry Vardon. The struggles of both men for acceptance provides the background for an amazing contest of skills. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El juego que hizo historia See more »

Filming Locations:

Kahnawake, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,657,322, 2 October 2005

Gross USA:

$15,337,393

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,431,177
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In reality, Ted Ray wasn't anywhere near as obese as the actor who portrayed him. See more »

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During the playoff, Harry Vardon's ball blocks Francis Ouimet's ball's path on the green, a play called a "stymie." That only applied to singles match play. The playoff for the 1913 US Open was medal (stroke) play, and the stymie rule would not have applied. The USGA eliminated that rule in 1952. See more »

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Francis Ouimet: All I want is a chance.
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a Truly Moving Picture
4 September 2005 | by tolliniSee all my reviews

I saw this film on September 1st, 2005 in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "...explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

This is a story of golf in the early part of the 20th century. At that time, it was the game of upper class and rich "gentlemen", and working people could only participate by being caddies at country clubs. With this backdrop, this based-on-a-true-story unfolds with a young, working class boy who takes on the golf establishment and the greatest golfer in the world, Harry Vardon.

And the story is inspirational. Against all odds, Francis Ouimet (played by Shia LaBeouf of "Holes") gets to compete against the greatest golfers of the U.S. and Great Britain at the 1913 U.S. Open. Francis is ill-prepared, and has a child for a caddy. (The caddy is hilarious and motivational and steals every scene he appears in.) But despite these handicaps, Francis displays courage, spirit, heroism, and humility at this world class event.

And, we learn a lot about the early years of golf; for example, the use of small wooden clubs, the layout of the short holes, the manual scoreboard, the golfers swinging with pipes in their mouths, the terrible conditions of the greens and fairways, and the play not being canceled even in torrential rain.

This film has stunning cinematography and art direction and editing. And with no big movie stars, the story is somehow more believable.

This adds to the inventory of great sports movies in the vein of "Miracle" and "Remember the Titans."

FYI - There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past winners going back 70 years.


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