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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, Sport  |  30 September 2005 (USA)
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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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Black Top Hatted Man
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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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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El juego que hizo historia  »

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

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$15,331,289 (USA) (25 November 2005)
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The real Francis Ouimet and Eddie Lowery remained life long friends. When Ouimet died in 1967, Lowery was one of the pall-bearers. See more »

Goofs

On the 18th green, Vardon misses his first putt, then holes out. While this is common in present day golf etiquette, the practice in 1913 was strict, and Vardon would have received a penalty. The player who is farthest from the hole (away) plays first. While in present day, it is common to hole out, the rule is still that the player who is away plays first. See more »

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Eddie Lowery: Hey, Francis, who's that fat guy?
Francis Ouimet: Oh, my Gosh. That's President Taft.
Eddie Lowery: [excitedly] You mean the United States President Taft?
[waving]
Eddie Lowery: How ya doin', Mr. President?
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Wonderful
18 September 2005 | by (Ft. Myers, FL) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in a sneak preview, and it is delightful. The cinematography is unusually creative, the acting is good, and the story is fabulous. If this movie does not do well, it won't be because it doesn't deserve to. Before this film, I didn't realize how charming Shia Lebouf could be. He does a marvelous, self-contained, job as the lead. There's something incredibly sweet about him, and it makes the movie even better. The other actors do a good job as well, and the film contains moments of really high suspense, more than one might expect from a movie about golf. Sports movies are a dime a dozen, but this one stands out.

This is one I'd recommend to anyone.


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