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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.

Director:

Robert Redford

Writers:

Steven Pressfield (novel), Jeremy Leven (screenplay)
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2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Bagger Vance
Matt Damon ... Rannulph Junuh
Charlize Theron ... Adele Invergordon
Bruce McGill ... Walter Hagen
Joel Gretsch ... Bobby Jones
J. Michael Moncrief ... Hardy Greaves
Peter Gerety ... Neskaloosa
Lane Smith ... Grantland Rice
Michael O'Neill ... O.B. Keeler
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Spec Hammond
Trip Hamilton Trip Hamilton ... Frank Greaves
Dermot Crowley ... Dougal McDermott
Harve Presnell ... John Invergordon
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... McManus
Bob Penny ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Sport

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film is based on fiction, both Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen were real golfers. Jones was the more famous because, among other things, he founded the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia. See more »

Goofs

On the 18th hole of the final round, Walter Hagen chips a good 3 feet past the hole, and the ball is still moving when we cut away. When he goes to putt out he taps in a putt just inches from the hole. See more »

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Rannulph Junuh: You a caddy?
Bagger Vance: Uh, that depends. You a golfer?
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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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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Par for the Course (2011) See more »

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Written by Samuel Pokrass and Ted Koehler
Performed by Fats Waller
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Another Excellent Fantasy-Sports Film
4 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I usually like fantasy movies and I really enjoy sports films. Combine the two well - like "Field Of Dreams" and like this movie - and I am sure to rate this extremely high. I've seen it three times and enjoyed it immensely each time.

It reminded me a bit, too, of "The Natural," but instead of baseball, this one features golf and real-life legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen playing the local guy, "Rannulph Junuh" (Matt Damon). Like "The Natural," this is beautifully photographed, has a wonderful feel-good ending, a variety of characters, a beautiful lead woman and good acting.

The no-name child actor in here, J. Michael Moncrief, who plays "Hardy Greaves," narrates the film as an older man looking back on this story. The kid is a fine actor, too, and I really enjoyed his Georgia accent. Charlize Theron is the beauty, playing "Adele Invergordon," a woman who organizes this famous golf match between the greatest amateur player of the world, the best professional and "Junuh," who is the focus of this story. Theron's known for her dramatic roles but she exhibits a nice comedy touch in here.

Damon does his normal fine job of acting and Will Smith, as the angelic caddie "Bagger Vance," is uncharacteristically low-key, which I found nice to see. Bruce Magill did a good as Hagen and Joel Gretsch, likewise, for Jones. Magill is obviously the best real-life golfer here among these actors. Damon had to learn the game from scratch, and did a fine job with his swing.

The only part of this film that went a little overboard - but it's the fantasy part of the story - was the New Age-type preaching by "Bagger." However, some of his speeches were simply golf visualization, which has always been taught as a means to concentrate better on one's shot-making. I didn't think hearing the Lord's name in vain a half dozen times was necessary in here, either, but what are you gonna do? Other than those things, this is great film and I one I throughly appreciate every time I see it.


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