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

Jim Caviezel , Claire Forlani , Rowdy Herrington  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IVOY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,130 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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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.

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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42 of 42 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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47 of 49 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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22 of 24 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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11 of 11 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King of Swings May 11, 2004
As powerful as the movie and Jim Caviezel's portrayal of Christ in The Passion of the Christ is, the movie IS NOT ENTERTAINING. Big Surprise! This movie is entertaining to watch because of Caviezel's subtle portrayal of Bobby Jones, the good supporting cast, the wonderful scenery, and the positive message of the movie. I'm definitely going to purchase the DVD, and I don't even like golf!
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know whether I should thank Bobby Jones, or ...
Don't know whether I should thank Bobby Jones, or all those involved in making this movie, but it's one of my favorites.
Published 1 day ago by Stephen Frazeur
4.0 out of 5 stars ... a simple story and true and those are the best kind.
It is a simple story and true and those are the best kind.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
After seeing "The Greatest Game Ever Played", this movie was a big letdown. My 8-year-old, who is a pretty good lefty himself, loves to watch "The Greatest Game"... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ian T. Bui
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fantastic movie for all golfers.
Published 11 days ago by Ruby F. Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! It reveals the surprising flip side to ...
Great story! It reveals the surprising flip side to Bobby Jones' character. Most people don't realize what a temper he had and what a struggle it was to control it.
Published 14 days ago by Dave Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great golf story about one of golf' s greatest. Jim Caviezel did a remarkable acting job!
Published 19 days ago by Super BB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant! 5 Star All American! You don't have to be
a golfer to enjoy this movie.
Published 21 days ago by Beaver Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Movie
Published 26 days ago by WMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering anything takes a full commitment.
It's a great story about determination and a mastering a sport. It takes practice and dedication. Bobby Jones had it.
Published 29 days ago by Karen Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 1 month ago by Chris Adams
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