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Greatest Game Ever Played [Blu-ray] (2005)

Shia LaBeouf , Stephen Dillane , Bill Paxton  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Peter Firth, Elias Koteas, Josh Flitter
  • Directors: Bill Paxton
  • Writers: Based On His Book Screenplay By Mark Frost
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Francis Ouimet was a working-class immigrant kid who, flanked by a 10-year-old caddie smaller than his golf bag, started with nothing and came out of nowhere to break down the barriers and become America's first golf hero nearly a century before Tiger Woo

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
One doesn't have to have read Mark Frost's book (he adapted his book for the screenplay) to enjoy this movie. Obviously, the book contains much more detail regarding the personal histories of Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, JJ McDermott & others leading up to (and following) the 1913 US Open, and there was no way that Frost could have included all of the minute detail without at least doubling the length of the movie. One also misses the discussion of the technology available to the turn-of-the-century golfer, as well as some of the geo-political forces that led to Vardon & Ted Ray making their tour of the United States.

However, what one does get is a beautifully filmed story that has the predictable feel-good nature one would expect from a Disney film, without being sappy. The principals bear a striking resemblance to the historical figures (right down to Eddie the caddie), and the historical match is accurately rendered. While one doesn't get the book's stroke by stroke narrative, one does get to enjoy the energy of the galleries as well as the immense pressures bearing down on the tournament leaders.

I only have a couple of significant complaints about the movie. One is with the wholy fictional relationship (concocted for the purposes of this film) between Francis Ouimet and the upper class young lady. It smacks uncomfortably of Jack-Rose relationship in Titanic, and when the movie focuses on this relationship, it skates dangerously close to outright corniness. Fortunately, once the tournament begins, this subplot is thankfully relegated to the background. By & large it interferes only minimally with the story.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted, heartwarming film: 5+ May 15, 2006
If you love golf, you'll love this movie. Even if you don't love golf, you'll enjoy it. The cinematography is phenomenal. The makers of this movie used a specially designed camera in many scenes to follow the ball from shot to stop. One of my favorite shots was Ted Ray's blast through the woods, between the trees, and onto the green with the camera following the ball all the way! As others have said, it's the best golf movie yet, largely because the camera work and film editing added much to the magic of this true come-from-behind story. I also think the close working relationship between director Bill Paxton and the author of the book, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Mark Frost, added to the movie's charm and authenticity.

Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon had something in common. They were `common', according to the societal standards of their respective times. One is American, the other English, born a generation apart. Vardon grew up to become a world-renowned golfer, but could never join "the club" in his own homeland because he came from the underclass. However, he did become a hero to growing boys in Europe and America, including young Francis Ouimet, who grew up across the street from the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Francis began caddying at a tender age, and there were those who saw something special in him. These gentlemen, and Ouimet's mother (at least in the movie), encouraged him to take his love of golf from the caddie stage to the player's arena. With the odds against him from several directions, he played his way into the hearts and minds of his American countrymen and the world, and into the record books, by playing as an amateur in the 1913 U.S. Open and winning.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie. April 11, 2006
We watched this movie in the theaters with the whole family, including two kids under 10. I'm not a golfer, but my husband loves the sport. The movie has great story line, funny moments, a bit of romance and some thrilling episodes. It would make for a nice evening of quality family time.

Please note that the DVD is in widescreen format. That's the only reason I'm not buying it at this time, I'm hoping for a full screen version.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BILL PAXTON PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS May 22, 2006
To fully appreciate THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, it's good to compare it with BOBBY JONES, STROKE OF GENIUS. Both films cost between $20M and $25M. Both were about the game of golf at the turn of the 20th century. Both focused on young, underprivileged underdogs who went on to become the best amateurs in the game, beating out their professional competition. And both show the influence of the great Harry Vardon.

BOBBY JONE, STROKE OF GENIUS, of course, is about Bobby Jones, only amateur ever to win all three tournaments of the Grand Slam in the same year. And he did it while also working on three college degrees simultaneously - thus the "Genius." Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ) did a decent job playing Bobby, although he didn't look anything like the man. And Aiden Quinn was good as Harry Vardon - even down to his golfing ability - although he was all but cut from the film because he wouldn't shave a goatee he had grown for another film.

While BOBBY JONES is about an entire golf career, THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED is about one tournament: the 1913 US Open, held at Brookline Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. That was the year that a caddie - Francis Ouimet, who lived across the street from the country club - beat the two top British professionals, including Harry Vardon, and won the tournament - the biggest upset in golf history. Shia LeBeouf (Holes) does a great job playing Ouimet, and Stephen Dillane (The Hours) is superb as Vardon.

The biggest difference between these two films is in the direction. With BOBBY JONES, Rowdy Herrington (Road House) opted to do a very straight drama in the tradition of Chariots of Fire. It turned out to be far more than he could handle. The script is weak.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This movie is one of the best at showing how a poor man became a famous golfer and we are not even golf fans!
Published 22 hours ago by Christian wife and mother
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I have reviewed this before on your site - perhaps it was to the seller. Great movie - well worth watching - and I'm not even a golf fan!
Published 3 days ago by K. Leatham
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story!
The best 2 and a half hours of my week was spent watching this movie. Brought me to tears. Awesome!
Published 6 days ago by elizabeth rochin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Game Ever Played
My husband loves this movie. I was happy I found it on Amazon for a reasonable price. He was very happy when I gave it to him. Now he can watch whenever he wants.
Published 10 days ago by Salvisa
5.0 out of 5 stars this is great feel good movie
this movie is a great movie and based on a true story. children can watch this movie no bad words. you will find yourself pulling for the young man in this movie. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Barbara M. Fritz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great experience
I have seen the movie several times and decided to order it for my
son and son-in-law, plus a copy for myself. It is a wonderful story. Read more
Published 23 days ago by LINDA VERES
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Game Ever Played
Great movie, anyone who loves golf would certainly enjoy this movie! We bought the movie so we could watch it again and again!
Published 26 days ago by Happy Feet!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful story and well done too.
My wife and I are both golfers and I am kind of a Golf History buff. I am very familiar with the story and I was very surprised that this movie was made. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard A. Deknoop
5.0 out of 5 stars golf boring?
I used to think golf was the most boring sport on the planet until I watched this movie!! LOL!! I still wouldn't say that golf is my favorite sport, but this movie sure helped me... Read more
Published 1 month ago by phlorra
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic true story and a must see for any golfer. Perhaps the facts were bent a bit but still a must see movie
Published 1 month ago by Richard Weter
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