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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)

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Jim Caviezel stars as golf legend Bobby Jones, the icon who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.

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Big Bob Jones
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Clara Jones
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Bobby (14) (as Thomas 'Bubba' Lewis)
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Grandfather Jones
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Angus
Alistair Begg ...
Stewart Maiden
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Perry Adair
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Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., aka "Bobby Jones" rises from complete obscurity to become a golfing legend. Jones overcomes his own fierce temper, intense passion, and perfectionist tendencies to master the game and win the Grand Slam, the U.S., British, and Amateur Opens in golf, a feat unequaled even today. But it is Jones's style, personality, and character that separate him from the other professionals in his field. When Jones realizes that his unparalleled success may be destroying those he loves he's presented with an astounding proposition, one that shocks the world. Written by IMDb Editors

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »
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30 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bobby Jones - A Carreira de um Génio  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,233,297 (USA) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$2,694,071 (USA) (18 June 2004)
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Goofs

Jones listens to a recording of "Non Piangere Liu" in the late 1920s that was recorded by Jussi Bjorling in the late 1950s. See more »

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Angus: Do you know the definition of insanity Bobby? Its when you do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.71 (2009) See more »

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Non Piangere, Liu
(1922-1924)
from "Turandot"
Music by Giacomo Puccini (uncredited)
Music completed by Franco Alfano (uncredited)
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni (uncredited)
Sung by Renata Tebaldi and Jussi Björling (as Jussi Bjoerling)
Rome Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf (as Eric Leinsdorf) conducting
Courtesy of BMG Classics/RCA Red Seal
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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A Rather Surprisingly Good Biography of an Icon
3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not being a golfer or a fan of biographies of sportsmen, this viewer found a surprising amount of satisfaction in this recreation of the life of Bobby Jones, whose fame in the game of golf is legendary. So the question arises: "How can a film about golf maintain such a viewer's attention and appreciation?" The answer lies in the physical production of this beautiful little film. Capturing the essence of the world in the 1920s and 1930s not only in costuming and manners and atmosphere but in sociologic and philosophic vantages, Director Rowdy Herrington has ably explored the life and times of the reluctant hero in a way that exhumes a period in history when everyone needed something to believe in. Actors Jim Caviezel, Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Northam, and Claire Forlani not only look their parts: their demeanor before the camera absorbs the state of mind of America lapsing from the riotous 20s to the massive depression of the 30s.

Bobby Jones physical problems, both self induced and genetic, are explored with just enough veracity to make him more of a well-rounded character than a cardboard saint (we don't learn the name of his neurological disorder - syringomyelia - until the final credits). His struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds to move through every golfing challenge of his day and succeed beyond the realm of possibility is well captured in Caviezel's delicately nuanced performance.

Not a great movie, but certainly worth more attention than it received in the theaters. You don't need to be a golfer to appreciate the beauty of this little moment of nostalgia. Grady Harp


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