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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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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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Drama | History | Sport

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #13.165 (2005) See more »


The Band Played On
Written by John F. Palmer and Charles B. Ward
Arranged by Marshall Bowen
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A great, great movie even for those (like me) who don't like golf!

Bill Paxton has taken the true story of the 1913 US golf open and made a film that is about much more than an extra-ordinary game of golf. The film also deals directly with the class tensions of the early twentieth century and touches upon the profound anti-Catholic prejudices of both the British and American establishments. But at heart the film is about that perennial favourite of triumph against the odds.

The acting is exemplary throughout. Stephen Dillane is excellent as usual, but the revelation of the movie is Shia LaBoeuf who delivers a disciplined, dignified and highly sympathetic performance as a working class Franco-Irish kid fighting his way through the prejudices of the New England WASP establishment. For those who are only familiar with his slap-stick performances in "Even Stevens" this demonstration of his maturity is a delightful surprise. And Josh Flitter as the ten year old caddy threatens to steal every scene in which he appears.

A old fashioned movie in the best sense of the word: fine acting, clear directing and a great story that grips to the end - the final scene an affectionate nod to Casablanca is just one of the many pleasures that fill a great movie.

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