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Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (Special Edition) (2004)

Jim Caviezel , Claire Forlani , Rowdy Herrington  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Claire Forlani, Jeremy Northam, Malcolm McDowell, Aidan Quinn
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Writers: Rowdy Herrington, Bill Pryor, Kim Dawson, Tony De Paul
  • Producers: Bob Bagley, Carol McGregor, Dave Ross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IVOY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Anyone who's ever been passionate about golf will find something to admire in Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, a staidly reverent biopic about one of the game's greatest champions. In the title role, Jim Caviezel suffers almost as much as he did in The Passion of the Christ, portraying Jones--who made history by winning golf's elusive Grand Slam (four top tournaments in less than four months) in 1930--as a passionately committed golfer who silently endured chronic pain (a spinal disorder prompted his early retirement at age 28), stomach ailments, emotional torment, and borderline alcoholism while maintaining amateur status in the sport he so magnificently dominated. Jeremy Northam brings much-needed levity and rakish style as Jones' friend and rival golfer Walter Hagen, and Malcolm McDowell adds colorful character as Jones' friend and biographer O.B. Keeler while Claire Forlani suffers the typical biopic plight of the hero's wife, who offers compassionate empathy while wishing Jones had more time for family. With repetitive golf scenes and a somber tone of martyrdom, Bobby Jones was partially financed by Jones' estate, which may explain its respectable dullness and instant fate as a box-office dud. Still, director Rowdy (Road House) Herrington is clearly enamored of his subject, and some of that enthusiasm shines through the gloom. --Jeff Shannon

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His ability made him a star, but it was his passion that made him a legend. Robert "Bobby" Tyre Jones, Jr. (Jim Caviezel, The Passion of Christ) was perhaps the most naturally gifted golfer in the history of the game. Battling a disabling illness and a volcanic temper, Jones struggled through a succession of early defeats to reach the pinnacle of his sport - becoming, at age 28, the only man ever to win the coveted Grand Slam of golf. But it was his devotion to his wife Mary (Claire Forlani, Meet Joe Black) that led to the astounding announcement that shocked the world, in this inspirational true story of one of sport's greatest icons.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Jones - April 30, 2004
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I had the pleasure of seeing this movie at its premiere in NYC and learning more about the making of the film. The film itself is well done and gives you a real sense of the character of Bob Jones. He is a man that overcame his own problems through discipline, strength of character, and determination. No excuses, just do it. Lessons most of us need to practice!
But the story behind the story is just as inspiring. The independent film made by the Bobby Jones Film Foundation was made on a shoestring budget yet has continued to give and raise money for charities. The foundation believes in the philanthropic legacy of the Jones family - there's more to life that money and winning championships. Bobby Jones was diagnosed and suffered from syringomyelia - a painful and degenerative spinal disorder that some 240,000 Americans suffer from.
The American Syringomyelia Alliance Project (ASAP) is a non-profit charity supporting research and education for people affected by syringomyelia. The Jones family and the Bobby Jones Film Foundation are generously supporting ASAP as well as other charities. Bobby Jones chose to make the best of his life despite syringomyelia - through his continuing legacy, ASAP is improving the lives of those with syringomyelia today. Go see this film and be prepared to be inspired.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Jeff Shannon, your Edtorial was inacurate. December 4, 2004
I am a member of Robert Tyre Jones's family. We had no financial investment whatsoever in this film. The producers and writers were kind enough to ask for our input about some of the family background for the picture. As for the borderline alchoholism........ where'd you get that? Because he drank along with everyone else in the movie that puts him in line for the Big Book? I think you may have jumped to a conclusion that is not supported.

Now, as for the movie, the strongest critics have probably been our family. We very much liked the movie, the cast was top notch, the music by James Horner was superb, the scenery and costumes were meticulously in period. Mr. Jones did not lead a flamboyant life, he was an extremely well educated southern gentleman, he was a family man.Naturally this will make for a sedate and well mannered yet entertaining film. It would have been inappropriate to add sex and car jackings in there for ratings. He was given the Freedom of the City of St. Andrews, Scotland in 1957, the only other American to have recieved this honor was Benjamin Franklin. I give this movie a 2 thumbs up. Box office does not make a movie good a movie stands on it's own merit. I highly recommend this to families in their homes on DVD.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Jones Integrity May 20, 2004
I am not a golfer, but seeing this movie made me want to play. I was impressed by the beauty of the golf courses. Bobby impressed me very much. I liked his sense of honesty. He is a good roll model for young men. This movie is a classic to me. When you want to come away from a movie feeling good, go see this one. The way the story was told was very good. From a small boy, and then growing up. I thought Jim Caviezel looked very much like Bobby. I was not bored at all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Sport/A Game January 2, 2005
With maturity comes interest in more important things. Jones' friend O.B.Keeler says them in this best golf film: 1) Money will ruin sport; 2) Life consists of much more than winning championships; 3) You've did so much for other people, e.g. winning championships for your dad, etc, now what are you going to do for yourself upon retirment from competitive golf? Build Augusta National!

This well acted life of Bobby Jones is so well done by the actors. Give them all credit, they masterfully created essence of this great sportsman's life. The drama is slow developing and is not sensational, thus swimming upstream in our cultural air. That is why I enjoyed it so immensely. For this reviewer it is in the class of "Chariots of Fire."

More like this. The world needs it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fore the love of the game May 5, 2004
For as long as I can remember my goal in life was to be the starting third baseman for the Chicago White Sox. Which was an ambitious goal considering I never even started on my Little League teams. I always thought that if I was gifted in baseball that I would be willing to play without pay. I loved the game that much.
Bobby Jones loved golf like I love baseball and he had the ability that matched his desire. He also had a life outside of Golf and was never content to be defined by what he accomplished as a player.
Jim Caviezel is amazingly convincing as Bobby Jones. Caviezel has a remarkable ability to become the character he is portraying. His dead-on performance brings added poignancy to the narrative.
The story is also aided by the strong performances of Claire Forlani as Jone's wife and Jeremy Northam as his main rival, Walter Hagen. In lesser hands these supporting roles could have been caricatures that did little to add to the pathos or the plot.
Through these performance and through the extraordinary golf sequences the viewer comes away with an acute understanding of the love affair that people have with the games they play.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Bobby Jones was a golf legend in his time. He made a name for himself in the 1920s and 1930s by winning some of the most coveted tournaments in golf. This is his story, lovingly told.
We first meet Bobby as a small boy in Georgia. He been sickly as a baby and his mother wants to overprotect him. But he tags along when his father is trying to perfect his own skill at the game, and eventually Bobby wins some tournaments as a teenager. We all want him to win, despite the fact that he has a tendency to overreact when he misses a shot and throws his golf clubs around.
As he grows into manhood the role of Bobby, the adult, is taken over by Jim Caviezel. He's actually 36 years old and looked a little old for the part, which followed Bobby's career up to the age of 28, when he quit golf forever, suffering from a debilitating neurological disease. Bobby's a good guy, marrying his young sweetheart and becoming a father of two small children. Problem is that, in spite of Bobby getting a college education, he still loved his golf and kept traveling around the world to play. This disturbed his wife, who understood the strain Bobby was always under when he played. We all get to feel Bobby's stress as we watch his semi-breakdowns, which wound up to be medical in nature.
Some of the film was shot at St. Andrew's golf course in Scotland, and really captured the challenges of that particular course. The period of history was beautifully rendered as well, with all the details in place to transport the viewer into the time period evoked. It was a pleasure to step into that world for the course of the film.
I guess this could be called an inspiring story of this man who overcame adversity and won so many accolades. He certainly is a legend in the golf world. I was glad to learn something about him, even though I felt the story dragged too much and never really captured my heart.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
As a resident of St Andrews Scotland, I found this film a wonderful representation of Bobby's commitment to golf. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather McNeill
1.0 out of 5 stars Damaged goods
Received the movie and it was all scratched and did not play. Basically it was money wasted! Never buy again!!
Published 2 months ago by Paul Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for the Golfer
Jim Caviezel is awesome in this movie and unlike most modern movies, this one portrays a Southern Gentleman in a Positive Light.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Tim Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Real winner
Living in Atlanta area and a duffer, Bobby Jones IS real. Several previous reviewers took issue with some scenes - see the movie for what it is - a portrayal of the greatest... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Koch
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring movie for everyone
It is well made, beautiful movie. I am very impressed by the movies, the performance of the actor, and Bobby Jones himself.
Published 3 months ago by fitflop_lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie I watch it every time it comes on the golf channel and now I own it so I can watch it when ever I want to
Published 3 months ago by alexander pinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby jones
This is a movie for my son. He took lessons years ago from pro named Russ Rue who knew Bobby Jones. Played at the same era with him.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Lashley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
To say that this is an amazing move would be an understatement. This movie is one of the best I have seen in a very long time.
Published 5 months ago by Mike Frazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great product and everything was as the ad promised.
Thanks for a good product and fast shipment.
Published 6 months ago by mcole
5.0 out of 5 stars A golfer must see!
Great film. A fellow golfer recommended it and was will worth viewing.Great insight to Bobby Jones. A Golfer must see!
Published 6 months ago by Ronald Gordon
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