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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

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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:
... Young Harry Vardon
Tom Rack ... Black Top Hatted Man
Armand Laroche ... Black Top Hatted Man
Peter Hurley ... Black Top Hatted Man
... Black Top Hatted Man
... Embry Wallis
... Young Francis Ouimet
... Alec Campbell
... Young Sarah Wallis
... Arthur Ouimet
Jamie Merling ... Young Louise Ouimet
Eugenio Esposito ... Young Raymond Ouimet
... Mary Ouimet
... Harry Vardon
... 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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30 September 2005 (USA)  »

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El juego que hizo historia  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,657,322, 2 October 2005, Wide Release

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$15,331,289, 27 November 2005
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Final film of Luke Askew. See more »

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Francis's putt at the end of regulation play speeds up at least twice. See more »

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Eddie Lowery: Read it, roll it, hole it.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #13.165 (2005) See more »

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You Made Me Love You
Written by James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy
Recording arranged by Jennifer Hammond
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Feel-good movie like "Seabiscuit"
18 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Although I'm not a golf fan, I attended a sneak preview of this movie and absolutely loved it. The historical settings, the blatant class distinctions, and seeing the good and the bad on both sides of the dividing line held my attention throughout. The actors and their characterizations were all mesmerizing. And I was on the edge of my seat during the golf segments, which were not only dramatic and exciting but easy to follow. Toward the end of this movie, "Seabiscuit" came strongly to mind, although "The Greatest Game Ever Played" is far less complex a story than that film. In both cases, the fact that the events really happened deepened my interest.


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