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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) »


Some Things Can't Be Learned. They Must Be Remembered. See more »


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 Bagger is instructing Junuh about "The Field", (Second Round, first day) he hands him a ball on a red tee. The tee is a plastic one. (Note the shape of the tee having a notch for fingers, rather than a single surface tee). At that era the tees were all wood. Plastic tees were not introduced to the game until almost the year 2000. See more »


Rannulph Junuh: What was it Adele?... What did you like about us?...
Adele Invergordon: I liked the way we danced...
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References The Great Gatsby (1974) See more »


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Guess I was just in the mood
8 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe it was because I had a hard week at work. Maybe it was because I just needed something to make me feel good. I don't know. I can't pinpoint it, but for some reason I really liked this movie. Sure it was manipulative, and sure it tried it's best to make you feel all mushy inside, but you know what...I guess I was just in the mood for that, and this movie hit the spot last Friday night. From a cinematography stand point the movie is beautiful. Redford is known for this trait, and indeed has directed some of the most beautiful movies ever made (A River Runs Through It, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Horse Whisperer). He just chooses some very beautiful scenery and runs with it. However, besides the scenery, the movie seemed to flow like a steady river. The acting was superb (even Smith's subdued Bagger), and the story was interesting. I like golf, so maybe that helped, but I do think that anyone can enjoy this movie. You just have to let yourself like it.

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