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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.

Director:

Bill Paxton

Writers:

Mark Frost (book), Mark Frost (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Paxton ... Young Harry Vardon
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Black Top Hatted Man
Armand Laroche Armand Laroche ... Black Top Hatted Man
Peter Hurley Peter Hurley ... Black Top Hatted Man
Gregory Terlecki ... Black Top Hatted Man
Jonathan Higgins ... Embry Wallis
Matthew Knight ... Young Francis Ouimet
Luke Askew ... Alec Campbell
Amanda Tilson ... Young Sarah Wallis
Elias Koteas ... Arthur Ouimet
Jamie Merling Jamie Merling ... Young Louise Ouimet
Eugenio Esposito Eugenio Esposito ... Young Raymond Ouimet
Marnie McPhail ... Mary Ouimet
Stephen Dillane ... Harry Vardon
Robin Wilcock ... Bernard Darwin
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El juego que hizo historia See more »

Filming Locations:

Kahnawake, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$15,331,289, 27 November 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Luke Askew. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the round, Ouimet and Vardon hit several shots very quickly. Ouimet plays every shot right-handed, except one shot he plays left-handed. See more »

Quotes

Francis Ouimet: Don't ever talk to my caddy again.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Roses From The South
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Arranged by Marshall Bowen
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A great, great movie even for those (like me) who don't like golf!
25 April 2006 | by Aidan McQuadeSee all my reviews

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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