|A disillusion war veteran, capt. Rannulph junah, reluctantly agrees to play a game of golf. He finds the game futile until his caddy, bagger vance, teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life.|
"A career high for Will Smith. Pat Collins, WWOR-TV
"Magical! Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network
Editor's NoteTHE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, based on the book of the same title by Steve Pressfield, uses golf as the basis for this spiritual tale of friendship, self-discovery, and faith. His incredible prowess at the game of golf makes young Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) the pride of Savannah, Georgia in 1916. When Junuh enlists and is sent overseas to fight in World War I, the reality of war proves too much for him. Rather than return to Savannah a broken man, he simply disappears, much to the dismay of his girlfriend, feisty socialite Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron). When Junuh finally does return to Savannah in 1931, he is coerced into representing his hometown in a golf tournament against legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen. But Junuh has lost his swing, and only begins to find it again with the help of Bagger Vance (Will Smith), a mysterious drifter who appears out of the night and offers his services as a caddy. Ultimately, Vance is a spiritual force, teaching Junuh not only about the game, but also about life in this beautifully filmed work directed by Robert Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE HORSE WHISPERER). Jack Lemmon narrates and makes a brief appearance in the film.
|J. Michael Moncrief|
|Steven Pressfield - Based On Novel By|
|Robert Redford - Director|
|Michael Ballhaus - Director of Photography|
|Rachel Portman - Musical Score|
|Chris Brigham, et al. - Producer|
|Jeremy Leven - Screenplay|
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2001)
|Will Smith, Nominee, Favorite Actor--Drama/Romance|
|Charlize Theron, Nominee, Favorite Actress--Drama/Romance|
Director Robt. Redford shines!!2/28/2008
Ditto for everything the reviewer from Charlotte, NC said. This is special, magical moviemaking. All ages will appreciate this film. The musical score is superb !!!
Beautiful, thought-provoking, and funny12/29/2001
Gorgeous Redford film with outstanding enigmatic role for Will Smith. Lots going on in this movie, from the relationships among the characters to the lessons about life from "caddy" Vance to some really interesting golf shots. A move to see over and over, with new things to hold your attention and imagination each time. A golf movie for the guys, a love story for the women, and a thought piece for anyone who cares about life. And did I mention the incredible cinematography????
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