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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Sport  |  3 November 2000 (USA)
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A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spec Hammond
Trip Hamilton ...
Frank Greaves
Dougal McDermott
John Invergordon
Danny Nelson ...
Bob Penny ...


A disillusioned war veteran, Captain Rannulph Junah, reluctantly agrees to play a game of golf. He finds the game futile until his caddy, Bagger Vance, teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life. Written by M. Fowler

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Plot Keywords:

golf | golfer | game | caddy | golf course | See All (139) »


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Drama | Fantasy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La légende de Bagger Vance  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,516,712 (USA) (3 November 2000)


ESP 249,852,469 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


Although the film is based on fiction, both Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen were real golfers. Jones was the more famous because, among other things, he founded the US Masters tournament in Augusta. See more »


When Junuh first picks up a golf club from his bag (just before he meets Bagger) he grabs a wood from his bag, but by the time they show him holding the club in the air, it is an iron. See more »


Hardy Greaves: I heard my dad say that you won every golf tournament there ever was in the South and how you hit a drive so long that they made you stop playin for 20 minutes just to measure it for a record... and how you used to swing righty, but you were in the woods once by this tree so there was no room to swing righty... so you borrowed somebody's lefty club and hit the ball six inches from the hole...
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User Reviews

Will Smith in Period Drama
18 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

A nice, tender film at the hand of writer/director Robert Redford. Matt Damon is the leading man in this film as a former golfer that brushes up on his talents of the past, whilst Will Smith plays a supporting guardian angel type of character which he carries off beautifully. It seems that at this stage in his career, he is better as a supporting actor (as in 'Made in America', 'Six Degrees of Separation' and 'Enemy of the State'), and needs to learn from his more experienced contemporaries like Matt Damon how to maintain audience interest throughout a film. Smith plays a convincing aged character by the name of 'Bagger Vance' who aids Damon in the process of regaining his confidence to win a golf tournament. It is almost a guest appearance in a self contained film which neither belongs to Matt Damon or Robert Redford. It is a film that stands by itself.

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