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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

Shia LaBeouf , Stephen Dillane , Bill Paxton  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 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: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CNFC76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Greatest Game Ever Played" on IMDb

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"A charming, inspirational crowd-pleaser." -- SCOTT MANTZ, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD

"A welcome surprise for moviegoers of all ages... golf has never been portrayed this way before. Kudos to Bill Paxton." -- LEONARD MALTIN, ENTERTIANMENT TONIGHT

"Masterful." -- GENE SHALIT, TODAY

"The Greatest Game Every Played is one of the greatest movies ever ... " -- LARRY KING

"This is one of those come-from-behind-blue-collar-versus-high-falutin’ inspirational tales that pluck heartstrings." -- NEW YORK POST, LIZ SMITH

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From Walt Disney Pictures comes THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED ... the crowd-pleasing underdog epic that's based on an inspirational true story! Young amateur golfer Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf -- HOLES; I, ROBOT) has nothing but talent and a seemingly impossible dream to challenge the world's greatest player, his idol Harry Vardon. Soon, with the help of his spunky 10-year-old caddy Eddie, Francis boldly breaks down all barriers with a thrilling display of unrivaled drive, skill, and heart ... and challenges the golf pro for the U.S. Open Championship!

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90 of 91 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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted, heartwarming film: 5+ May 15, 2006
Format:DVD
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BILL PAXTON PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS May 22, 2006
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great movie.. Shows the class of Harry Vardon quite well as books I have read aslo stated about him.
Published 11 hours ago by JBash
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Loved it!
Published 2 days ago by Carol D. Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
one of the greatest movies i have ever watched you will be into the film fully!
Published 2 days ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoy this movie. Love what they did with following the ball.
Published 5 days ago by Patricia J. Frahm
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie even if you don't care for golf
Rented this from Betflix for my husband. I watched it with him though I hate the game of golf, turns out I really liked the movie. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Carla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 11 days ago by Hrod3180
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
A movie everyone should watch, a true rags to riches story, fantastic story line, and an even better music accompaniment
Published 14 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Who could ask for a better story and it's TRUE!
Published 15 days ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing movie.
Published 17 days ago by Sr. Marija Joseph Low, SV
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than Expected as I do not Golf.
I don't golf so I did not expect to like this movie, but friends insisted. They were right! This movie is an exceptional movie with a very serious and useful message: loyalty to... Read more
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