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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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Armand Laroche ...
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Peter Hurley ...
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Embry Wallis
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Alec Campbell
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Young Sarah Wallis
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Arthur Ouimet
Jamie Merling ...
Young Louise Ouimet
Eugenio Esposito ...
Young Raymond Ouimet
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Robin Wilcock ...
Bernard Darwin
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Storyline

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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Rated PG for some brief mild language | See all certifications »

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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)

Gross:

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

Filmed at the Kanawaki Golf Club outside Montreal, Quebec, producers had the club house painted yellow for the film from its original white. Members so liked the change that they kept the color following filming. See more »

Goofs

Going into the fourth round of the 1913 U.S. Open, it was stated that Ouimet was trailing Vardon and Ray by one stroke. Yet, the final leader-board showed all three of them shooting 79 with a total of 304 strokes for the tournament. This would have meant that they were all tied entering the fourth round. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Wallis: Are you Francis' caddy?
[Eddie nods]
Sarah Wallis: Will you give this to him?
[Gives Eddie a small silver horseshoe]
Sarah Wallis: For luck.
Eddie Lowery: [Takes it and walks away] Dames. Who needs 'em anyway?
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Way big feel good biopic!
7 August 2006 | by (Panama) – See all my reviews

I'm not a sports fan - but I love sports flics! So, why ... what is a great sports flic ... this one. And the storytelling style, is very fine.

If you are looking for a reliably fantastic 2 hours of entertainment, "Greatest Game" qualifies mightily. Here is a movie that moves. Bill Paxton has gone to the same Director school as Ron Howard - a.k.a. Richie Cunningham, "Happy Days". That is not bad. Look at the immense body of fine work that Ron did after moving behind the camera.

Bill like Ron was a great actor, but will be a superstar director if "Greatest Game Ever" is the indication of things to follow.

Wonderful cinematography - fantastic direction - fine acting, especially by Elias Koteas, Shia LeBeouf, Marnie McPhail, Josh Flitter, Stephen Marcus, Justin Ashforth.

This is a must see film not just as "feel-good", nor "sports film", this is very good cinema.


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