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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)

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

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Harry Vardon
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Big Bob Jones
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Clara Jones
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Little Bobby (6, 8)
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Bobby (14) (as Thomas 'Bubba' Lewis)
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Grandfather Jones
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Jimmy 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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There are finer things than winning championships. See more »


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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

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$1,233,297 (USA) (2 May 2004)

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$2,694,071 (USA) (20 June 2004)
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Bubba Lewis, who portrays an adolescent Bobby Jones, is a low handicap player himself. Also a talented actor and singer, Lewis hits the links whenever he can. See more »

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During Bob Jones's first US Amateur (which was in 1916), when in his room with his playing companion it is mentioned that the tournament contains some NCAA past champions. The NCAA did not exist until 1921, and golf was not part of the NCAA at that time. See more »

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[repeated line]
Stewart Maiden: Hey Bobby, hit the hell out of it!
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Tippe Moore for job "production dog" and Sidney for job "post-production dog" See more »

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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Par for the Course (2011) 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 real treat
18 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are a golfer and your eyes don't well up when this movie starts you have no business in watching the rest of the movie. For the rest of you, this true story will give you a glimpse of one of the best, if not the best, golfers and truest gentlemen the golf world has ever known.

The story, acting, dialog, cinematography were all first class. Some good music was even put in from time to time. All that aside this is a moment in a life that we feel is more important than all that. Even if the story, acting, dialog and cinematography weren't up to par, it would not have mattered much because we learned about the man who lived and played in another zone than the rest of us. But, that is a moot point because everything here was up to par.

For years whenever we watched the Masters Golf Tournament we heard the name Bobby Jones and the announcers would list some of his accomplishments, however, this never really told us about the man himself. Well, this movie does. Okay, some things in it may seem sappy, corny, and not real, but in those days that is the way things were. Those were days when respect for everything meant everything, was everything; and people moved on from that standard.

In some ways the movie makes Bobby Jones out to be more human although we held him above that station. Yes, he had a temper when he hit a bad shot, but learned to control it. Yes, he had some medical problems that we never really knew about. Yes, he seemed somewhat selfish running from tournament to tournament at the expense of his family, but the pressures on him were really great. And, his family always stood by him. He accomplished what he wanted to accomplish at a young age, and then quit tournament golf to be more with his family. Later he founded Augusta National Golf Course where the Masters is played each year.

James Caviezel was probably the best person to play the role of Bobby Jones and his performance made Bobby Jones more real for me and this will always stay with me. It is probably too much to hope that the age of respect will once again come around, but to those who see this movie that standard will be remembered at least on the golf course. Anyway, this movie is a real special treat.


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