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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 against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Rack ...
Black Top Hatted Man
Armand Laroche ...
Black Top Hatted Man
Peter Hurley ...
Black Top Hatted Man
Black Top Hatted Man
Embry Wallis
Alec Campbell
Young Sarah Wallis
Arthur Ouimet
Jamie Merling ...
Young Louise Ouimet
Eugenio Esposito ...
Young Raymond Ouimet
Robin Wilcock ...
Bernard Darwin


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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Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juego que hizo historia  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,657,322 (USA) (30 September 2005)


$15,331,289 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Armand Laroche's final film. See more »


Francis looks at a yardage book, a series of hand-drawn diagrams of every hole at The Country Club. Yardage books did not come into use until the 1960s, first by Deane Beman, later popularized by Jack Nicklaus. See more »


Harry Vardon: [to Lord Northcliff] Let me tell you something. I came here to win a trophy. And on the face of it Ted Ray or I should carry it off. Not for you, not for England, but for sheer bloody pride at being the best, *that's* why we do this. And if Mr. Ouimet wins tomorrow, it's because he's the best, because of who he is. Not who his father was, not how much money he's got, because of who he bloody is! And I'll thank you to remember that. And I'll thank you to show the respect a gentleman gives as a ...
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26 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was extraordinarily impressed by this film. It's one of the best sports films I've every seen. The visuals in this film are outstanding. I love the sequences in which the camera tracks the ball as it flies through the air or into the cup. The film moves well, offering both excitement and drama. The cinematography was fantastic.

The acting performances are great. I was surprised by young Shia LaBeouf.He does well in this role. Stephen Dillane is also good as the brooding Harry Vardon. Peter Firth, Justin Ashforth, and Elias Koteas offer able support. The film is gripping and entertaining and for the first time in my life actually made me want to watch a golf tournament.

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