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Golf in the Kingdom 2010 PG CC

(34) IMDb 5.7/10
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The year is 1956. American philosophy student Michael is traveling en route to India when he decides to stop at Links of Burningbush in Scotland for one last round of golf before giving up the game for good.

David O'Hara, Malcolm McDowell
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Susan Streitfeld
Starring David O'Hara, Malcolm McDowell
Supporting actors Frances Fisher, Tony Curran, Mason Gamble, Catherine Kellner, Julian Sands, Jim Turner, Joanne Whalley, Rik Young
Studio Flatiron Film Company
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Few movies have affected me in quite the same way as Susan Streitfeld's adaptation of Michael Murphy's popular novel "Golf in the Kingdom." I don't want to be unkind, but it is a movie that completely misses its mark in a most spectacular way. For the record, I'm a fan of Streitfeld's one other film which was 1996's experimental feminist provocation "Female Perversions." And I have nothing but respect for the source novel, a challenging blend of philosophy and mysticism that would undoubtedly be nearly impossible to bring to the screen effectively. But the film version of "Golf in the Kingdom," despite its talented array of actors and its lovely setting, feels like poorly lit amateur theater where intellectual musings rhapsodize about golf while simultaneously zapping any sense of fun or life out of the game. Even if you absolutely love golf, the film spends little time honoring the game (some characters play golf, but you never actually see golf being played beyond a stroke or two). Instead, the golf course is just one more place for preposterously obtuse philosophical ramblings to take place.

The film has many notable names in its cast including Malcolm McDowell, Frances Fisher, Joanne Whalley, and Julian Sands. Unfortunately, none of them have anything to do as they are all stuck at a table in an empty room engaged in endless discourse about the importance of golf. I'm fine with minimalist settings, but these segments are so tedious and pretentious--I'd have welcomed anything to liven them up! Apparently people play golf for all sorts of existential reasons, and no one does so for fun! The part of the movie that works slightly better is out on the course where a brash American (Mason Gamble, grown up from his role as Dennis the Menace) is humbled by a local legend (David O'Hara).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 2, 2012
Format: DVD
First off, you need to know that I don't play golf and I find watching the sport quite boring, so I didn't approach this film, adapted from Michael Murphy's novel, from that angle. But, like watching the game, this 87-minute film moved VERY slow for me.

The story - about Murphy's stop in Scotland on the way to India - and learning the "tao of golf" from the pro Shivas Irons - is not told in a linear format. As we hear in the bonus interviews, it is about the "feeling of playing golf". So I'm sure that golfers will get a lot more from this than non-golfers. And the scenery is gorgeous. (The film was made in the US using FOUR different courses to recreate the one in Burningbush, Scotland.

The bonus features are also a bit of a mix: The "Behind the scenes" one (14 minutes) consists of a 9-minute "montage" (basically scenes from filming with no narration) and four short interviews with the cast. The other is an 18-minute interview with Murphy.

I'm sure some golfers will add their reviews here, but I wanted to provide the opinion of a non-golfer. And for me the film and DVD was "just okay".

I hope you found this information both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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"Michael you have to remember your in the land where all these rules
were invented. It's the only way you can play in the kingdom." Michael
Murphy (Gamble) is a philosophy student that is searching for himself.
His one real love is golf and before he decided to give it up forever
he stops by Scotland to play in the famous "Links of Burningbush." I
have said this before but I am a sucker for sports movies. Any kind and
golf is no different. I really enjoyed "Greatest Game Ever Played" &
"Bobby Jones". The recent "Seven Days In Utopia" was also fantastic so
my expectations were high for this one. While the movie itself is not
bad and the scenery is pretty I was very disappointed. This movie is
more of watching the young boy Michael meeting a golf pro named Shivas
Irons (O'Hara) who proceeds to teach him about the game. The movie then
becomes watching Michael get an hour private lesson about golf. I
understand the book is great, but I wasn't that entertained by this
movie. It's not bad, I was just hoping for something different.
Overall, not bad, but more of movie about the rules and philosophy of
golf then the sport itself. I give it a B-.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rainer Tornow on February 6, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Well, where to start with? Having read the book by M.Murphy long time ago, been in Scotland for many times... It seemed to me almost impossible to bring the book onto a screen, but, the spirit of the book and of the game is sensible, the pictures awesome, even not screened in Scotland (you will know when you've been there). Why not 5 Stars? Too much has been left out of the content, which is important to my understanding. Too many scenes, which seem to be neglectable, because merely used for atmosphere. But at the end I am happy to have a piece of the Inner Game of Golf, as it could be, the mystical part of it. And I belief there is something like that despite the huge money game, which Golf has become nowadays.
So, can't effort to travel to the Kingdom? Sit back, relax, have a good dram and enjoy.... Maybe you are keen to go out for a round afterwords - during moonlight.
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