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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.

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... Bagger Vance
... Rannulph Junuh
... Adele Invergordon
... Walter Hagen
... Bobby Jones
... Hardy Greaves
... Neskaloosa
... Grantland Rice
... O.B. Keeler
... Spec Hammond
Trip Hamilton ... Frank Greaves
... Dougal McDermott
... John Invergordon
Danny Nelson ... McManus
... Laidlaw
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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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It Was Just A Moment Ago. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Sport

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

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3 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La légende de Bagger Vance  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,516,712, 5 November 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,695,227, 5 January 2001
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Trivia

Matt Damon did not have any previous experience playing golf; he spent a month with golf pro Tim Moss in Hilton Head, South Carolina, to prepare for the role. See more »

Goofs

Bobby Jones tells Junuh he is going to retire from golf after the tournament, which would set this part of the movie in 1930. However, in another scene a movie theatre is showing The Public Enemy with James Cagney, which wasn't released until the following year. See more »

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Rannulph Junnah: I could have killed you out there.
Bagger Vance: Oh no sir, see I set myself directly in front of ya. Judgin' how you were hittin' them balls that's where I figure I'd be out of harms way.
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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 Siblings: Old Man Model (2016) See more »

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My Best Wishes
Written by Samuel Pokrass and Ted Koehler
Performed by Fats Waller
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This film worked for me.
22 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I guess I'm really into the "winning through adversity" films. I really enjoyed films such as "The Natural" and "The Legend of Bagger Vance." I think the two were about equal. They both show the hero overcoming adversity through a sport's golden age which is what makes this movie great. If you showed a golf or baseball movie today it would not be as believable because they no longer play for the love of the game but for the money. This was set in a time when the game was more dignified. I never though much of Will Smith, thinking of him mostly as a comedy type actor but I think his greatness hit its peak when he started doing these drama type productions. Smith is sensational in his roll. If Redford had a mental picture of Bagger Vance before this movie started, I think he actually saw how Will Smith performed in this film. Matt Damon was good also.

Overall, a great "feel good" film. 9/10


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