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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

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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Young Harry Vardon
Tom Rack ...
Black Top Hatted Man
Armand Laroche ...
Black Top Hatted Man
Peter Hurley ...
Black Top Hatted Man
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Black Top Hatted Man
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Embry Wallis
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Young Francis Ouimet
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Alec Campbell
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Young Sarah Wallis
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Arthur Ouimet
Jamie Merling ...
Young Louise Ouimet
Eugenio Esposito ...
Young Raymond Ouimet
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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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Drama | History | Sport

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

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30 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juego que hizo historia  »

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$3,657,322 (USA) (2 October 2005)

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$15,331,289 (USA) (27 November 2005)
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Shia LaBeouf and Max Kasch had worked together two years earlier, in Holes (2003). See more »

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In the playoffs Ouimet shot 72, Vardon 77 and Ray 78, but the scoreboard had Vardon with a 73 and Ouimet needing the final putt to win. Ouimet was up one going to No. 17 when he birdied while Vardon shot bogey. At No. 18 Ouimet posted a par to Vardon's double-bogey. See more »

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Eddie Lowery: Hey Francis, I had a dream last night that you shot a 72.
Francis Ouimet: Yeah, it won't be easy in a northeaster.
Eddie Lowery: Come on. You played the course like a one-legged dog how many times.
Francis Ouimet: You're right. Good day for 72.
Eddie Lowery: Okey-dokey, time to smokey!
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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Par for the Course (2011) See more »

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A great, great movie even for those (like me) who don't like golf!

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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