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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Sport | 3 November 2000 (USA)
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A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Director:

Robert Redford

Writers:

Steven Pressfield (novel), Jeremy Leven (screenplay)
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Bagger Vance
Matt Damon ... Rannulph Junuh
Charlize Theron ... Adele Invergordon
Bruce McGill ... Walter Hagen
Joel Gretsch ... Bobby Jones
J. Michael Moncrief ... Hardy Greaves
Peter Gerety ... Neskaloosa
Lane Smith ... Grantland Rice
Michael O'Neill ... O.B. Keeler
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Spec Hammond
Trip Hamilton Trip Hamilton ... Frank Greaves
Dermot Crowley ... Dougal McDermott
Harve Presnell ... John Invergordon
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... McManus
Bob Penny ... Laidlaw
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Storyline

A disillusioned war veteran, Captain Rannulph Junuh, reluctantly agrees to play a game of golf. He finds the game futile until his caddy, Bagger Vance, teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life. Written by M. Fowler

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Taglines:

Some Things Can't Be Learned. They Must Be Remembered. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Bagger Vance See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,516,712, 5 November 2000

Gross USA:

$30,919,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,459,427
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brad Pitt was offered the role of Rannulph Junuh but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When Bagger is instructing Junuh about "The Field", (Second Round, first day) he describes Bobby Jones' play move by move and stroke by stroke. He's "In the Field." Bobby Jones then promptly hooks the shot to the left. But the sequence is recorded as though he had sent the ball straight down the middle. See more »

Quotes

Rannulph Junuh: I'm not asking for your crown, Walter. If I wanted it badly enough, I'd just take it.
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Crazy Credits

The DreamWorks logo, the 20th Century Fox logo, and the opening credits are all silent when the film opens, except for the sound of the wind and crickets of the golf course. See more »

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Referenced in Paradise (2013) See more »

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In Paradisium
from "Requiem, op. 48"
Written by Gabriel Fauré
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This movie is about Redemption
19 November 2001 | by rittmeisterSee all my reviews

It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a movie as much as I did this one. We all watch movies for a lot of reasons besides the obvious reason of "entertainment." While THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE does it in a most charming and entertaining way it is all about Redemption. Each of us faces adversity in our daily life and how we face it marks the quality of the life that we live. Junuh has faced personal demons for more than ten years since he fought in WW I. The "Loss of his swing" is more than an athletic loss that he refers to. He has lost his faith in himself and his ability to face life after his return from the war.

The role of Bagger Vance, ably played by Will Smith, was not as God like as the character described by Steven Pressfield in his book from which this film was adapted. In the movie Vance had the ability to help people think beyond the obvious and to reach back for something special. In Junuh he helps reinstill a personal belief and an appreciation of life. In the Pressfield book, Vance WAS a God.

All of the roles were well played and the young boy playing Lemmon in his youth stole the show. It was also good to see Jack Lemmon in his final movie role. I thought it was an interesting coincidence that Lemmon's final role was in a mystical movie just as Burt Lancaster's was in THE FIELD OF DREAMS. The score was also especially moving and the music fit the movie to a "T." This is a different kind of movie but still qualifies as a "feel good" movie. We don't always have an opportunity to go back and take a second stab at life and that is the beauty of this movie.

It is a wonderful thing to be able to go back and make amends for mistakes we have made in our lives and to come out on the other side as a better person. That is what Junuh was able to achieve and that made me feel very good when the credits rolled. For those of you who thought this was a golfing movie that is not the case. It is a movie about life and the chance to make a fresh start which is always important for those who struggle to overcome adversity.


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