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An amateur player from a working class family, francis ouimet shocked the golf world when at the 1913 us open, flanked by his 10-year-old caddie: he defeated his idol, the defending british champion harry vardon. An unlikely matchup, theirs was the greatest match the sport had ever known.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202118648
UPC 786936277920
UPC 14 00786936277920
Format DVD
Release Date 8/15/2008
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Dillane,Stephen
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Name Bill Paxton
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ESPY (2006) The Greatest Game Ever Played, Nominee, Best Sports Movie
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review When it comes to this sort of true-life sports story, Disney has cornered the market. In the past few years, the studio has released four fact-based tales of triumph, each centered on a different kind of game people play. First, there was Remember the Titans (football). That was followed by The Rookie (baseball) and Miracle (hockey). Now, we have The Greatest Game Ever Played (golf)...There's a lot of talent in this film, both behind and in front of the camera, despite the absence of any "big names." Shia LaBeouf is a budding star - some viewers will remember him from Holes, where he had the lead role. He has a fresher face than some of his better-known contemporaries, and this part fits him like a glove. Stephen Dillane is a veteran British character actor who keeps Harry real and sympathetic. For actor Bill Paxton, this is his second directorial effort (after Frailty). He keeps the film lively and moving. His use (but not overuse) of a "ball-cam" shot during some of the drives gives us a fresh perspective on the game. Writer Mark Frost not only penned the book upon which he based the screenplay, but is a movie and TV veteran, perhaps most infamous for co-creating (with David Lynch) Twin Peaks...The Greatest Game Ever Played fits nicely into the sports sub-genre populated by Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, The Rookie, and Miracle. The goal of these films is to use true stories to re-mythologize sports - something that bucks the trend of digging up dirt to besmirch superstar reputations. Those stories have their place as well, but it's nice to find the occasional inspirational tale, and The Greatest Game Ever Played is as feel-good as any sports movie you're likely to find. It's a solid choice for family viewing, but is equally worthy of viewing by solo adults. And being a golf fan is not a prerequisite.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Greatest Game Ever Played" was a game of golf, in case you thought your team might have been involved. In 1913, a working-class American amateur named Francis Ouimet defeated the great British player Harry Vardon to win the U.S. Open. Here is a movie that tells that story and exactly that story, devoting a considerable amount of its running time to the final rounds and playing like one a superb sports telecast. Because some of the opening scenes seem borrowed from other underdog movies, I was surprised to realize, toward the end, how gripping the movie had become...This is the second film directed by the actor Bill Paxton, and it could not possibly be more different from his first, "Frailty" (2001). In that one, he played a father who leads his two sons in a series of murders that were commanded, he believes, by an angel. "Frailty" was dark and brilliant and filled with fearful prospects; now this sunny film, which plays almost as if it's emotional rehab for Paxton...I am not a golf fan but found "The Greatest Game Ever Played" absorbing all the same, partly because of the human element, partly because Paxton and his technicians have used every trick in the book to dramatize the flight and destination of the golf balls. We follow balls through the air, we watch them creep toward the green or stray into the rough, we get not only an eagle's-eye view but a club's-eye view and sometimes, I am convinced, a ball's-eye view...The technique is at the service of a game in which everything is at risk, and we like both players; our affection for them makes everything trickier, and certainly as the final rounds are played, the games themselves seem to have been scripted to create as much suspense as possible. I have no idea if the movie is based, stroke for stroke, on the actual competition at the 1913 U.S. Open. I guess I could find out, but I don't want to know. I like it this way.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Dillane,Stephen
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer ...[an] endearing sports inspirational that aims to be "Chariots of Fire" for golf.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News LaBeouf ("Holes") has a scrubbed, ego-free innocence that is perfect for his working-class hero.
Larry King Every bit as good as Seabiscuit!
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...manages to absorb you in its story and even carry you with some of its emotions.
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter Actor-turned-helmer Bill Paxton has fashioned solid family entertainment in this well-cast feature.

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