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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)

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Jim Caviezel stars as golf legend Bobby Jones, the icon who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.

Director:

Rowdy Herrington

Writers:

Rowdy Herrington (story), Kim Dawson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Bobby Jones
Claire Forlani ... Mary Malone Jones
Jeremy Northam ... Walter Hagen
Malcolm McDowell ... O.B. Keeler
Aidan Quinn ... Harry Vardon
Brett Rice ... Big Bob Jones
Connie Ray ... Clara Jones
Devon Gearhart ... Little Bobby (6, 8)
Bubba Lewis ... Bobby (14) (as Thomas 'Bubba' Lewis)
Dan Albright Dan Albright ... Grandfather Jones
Paul Freeman ... Angus
Alistair Begg Alistair Begg ... Stewart Maiden
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Jimmy Maiden
Elizabeth Omilami ... Camilla
Brian F. Durkin ... Perry Adair
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Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., aka "Bobby Jones" rises from complete obscurity to become a golfing legend. Jones overcomes his own fierce temper, intense passion, and perfectionist tendencies to master the game and win the Grand Slam, the U.S., British, and Amateur Opens in golf, a feat unequaled even today. But it is Jones's style, personality, and character that separate him from the other professionals in his field. When Jones realizes that his unparalleled success may be destroying those he loves he's presented with an astounding proposition, one that shocks the world. Written by IMDb Editors

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His passion made him a legend. See more »


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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bobby Jones - A Carreira de um GĂ©nio See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,233,297, 2 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,694,071, 20 June 2004
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Runtime:

(TV) | (Ontario)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bubba Lewis, who portrays an adolescent Bobby Jones, is a low handicap player himself. Also a talented actor and singer, Lewis hits the links whenever he can. See more »

Goofs

Most railway scenes were depicted as occurring the the USA but the railroad equipment was obviously European (probably filmed in Scotland). See more »

Quotes

Guy On Street: Hi, Bobby!
Robert Tyre Jones, Jr.: Hello.
Mary Malone Jones: Who was that?
Robert Tyre Jones, Jr.: I have no idea...
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Tippe Moore for job "production dog" and Sidney for job "post-production dog" See more »

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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Par for the Course (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Remarkable Girl
(1929)
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Used by permission of Carlin Music Publishing Canada, Inc. (SOCAN) on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd. (PRS),
Goodman Music Co. and the Estates of Henry Creamer and Lou Handman
Performed by The Michael Andrew Orchestra
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A Rather Surprisingly Good Biography of an Icon
3 June 2005 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Not being a golfer or a fan of biographies of sportsmen, this viewer found a surprising amount of satisfaction in this recreation of the life of Bobby Jones, whose fame in the game of golf is legendary. So the question arises: "How can a film about golf maintain such a viewer's attention and appreciation?" The answer lies in the physical production of this beautiful little film. Capturing the essence of the world in the 1920s and 1930s not only in costuming and manners and atmosphere but in sociologic and philosophic vantages, Director Rowdy Herrington has ably explored the life and times of the reluctant hero in a way that exhumes a period in history when everyone needed something to believe in. Actors Jim Caviezel, Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Northam, and Claire Forlani not only look their parts: their demeanor before the camera absorbs the state of mind of America lapsing from the riotous 20s to the massive depression of the 30s.

Bobby Jones physical problems, both self induced and genetic, are explored with just enough veracity to make him more of a well-rounded character than a cardboard saint (we don't learn the name of his neurological disorder - syringomyelia - until the final credits). His struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds to move through every golfing challenge of his day and succeed beyond the realm of possibility is well captured in Caviezel's delicately nuanced performance.

Not a great movie, but certainly worth more attention than it received in the theaters. You don't need to be a golfer to appreciate the beauty of this little moment of nostalgia. Grady Harp


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