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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Sport | 3 November 2000 (USA)
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A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Director:

Robert Redford

Writers:

Steven Pressfield (novel), Jeremy Leven (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Bagger Vance
Matt Damon ... Rannulph Junuh
Charlize Theron ... Adele Invergordon
Bruce McGill ... Walter Hagen
Joel Gretsch ... Bobby Jones
J. Michael Moncrief ... Hardy Greaves
Peter Gerety ... Neskaloosa
Lane Smith ... Grantland Rice
Michael O'Neill ... O.B. Keeler
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Spec Hammond
Trip Hamilton Trip Hamilton ... Frank Greaves
Dermot Crowley ... Dougal McDermott
Harve Presnell ... John Invergordon
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... McManus
Bob Penny ... Laidlaw
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Storyline

A disillusioned war veteran, Captain Rannulph Junuh, 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. Written by M. Fowler

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It Was Just A Moment Ago. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Bagger Vance See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,516,712, 5 November 2000

Gross USA:

$30,919,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,459,427
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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matt Damon did not have any previous experience playing golf; he spent a month with golf pro Tim Moss in Hilton Head, South Carolina, to prepare for the role. See more »

Goofs

Bobby Jones tells Junuh he is going to retire from golf after the tournament, which would set this part of the movie in 1930. However, in another scene a movie theatre is showing The Public Enemy with James Cagney, which wasn't released until the following year. See more »

Quotes

Rannulph Junuh: I'm not asking for your crown, Walter. If I wanted it badly enough, I'd just take it.
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Crazy Credits

The DreamWorks logo, the 20th Century Fox logo, and the opening credits are all silent when the film opens, except for the sound of the wind and crickets of the golf course. See more »

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Referenced in South Park: Here Comes the Neighborhood (2001) See more »

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In Paradisium
from "Requiem, op. 48"
Written by Gabriel Fauré
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The perfect stroke
8 June 2018 | by mirkobozicSee all my reviews

The Legend of Bagger Vance is one of those movies that are all about feeling good and inspiring messages all of which we have seen a trillion times before.: Chocolat, You've got Mail, etc. Yet, it kind of works and Redford succeeds in persuading you to stay till the ending credits though the core of the story is not a romantic plot but rather the personal development of the Matt Damon's character Junuh. Will Smith's character Bagger Vance comes to his rescue as a mysterious, yet charismatic caddie who helps him regain not only his self-confidence but also his status. The film is interwoven with magical realism of Vance, although there's not much more to him than delivering motivational speeches and puzzling everyone regarding where he came from and why he's on Junuh's side in the first place. A large part of the charm of the film is the beautiful setting of Savannah, and a very luscious Charlize Theron playing a glamorous local socialite who incites the exhibition golf match around which the whole story is revolving. With all this, it's a light , inspiring afternoon entertainment in a stylish package. You probably won't regret seeing it, but it's not exactly on par with equally feel-good vehicles like Forrest Gump. To paraphrase Vance, it's not exactly the perfect strike, but it goes in the right direction (pun intended).


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