The Greatest Game Ever Played PG

The Greatest Game Ever Played
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  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 11, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes: "A View From The Gallery: On The Set Of THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED"
    • Documentary: "From Caddy To Champion: Francis Ouimet"
    • Featurette: "Two Legends And The Greatest Game"
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Bill Paxton - Director
      2. Mark Frost - Writer

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 62,548
Rating: 3/4 -- [Director Bill] Paxton's narrative is confusing at first, but the film is entertaining overall. Full Review
Reno Gazette-Journal
Apr 15, 2006
[An] overloaded movie. Full Review
Washington Post
Sep 30, 2005
Rating: 2/4 -- The film will have to settle for a bogey rather than a par. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Sep 30, 2005
Ouimet versus Vardon probably was the greatest golf game ever played, and Paxton and Frost do it justice, but I wouldn't sit through another simulated hole of it for Tiger Woods's salary. Full Review
Village Voice
Oct 4, 2005
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Greatest Game succeeds because it has enough history and authenticity to please golf enthusiasts while maintaining enough heart and human drama to appeal to the rest.
Christianity Today
Sep 25, 2006
I know it's all about how well they construct the journey, but I just kind of felt like, okay, we know exactly what's going to happen here.
Ebert & Roeper
Oct 3, 2005
Rating: 7/10 -- The characters model some wonderful behavior for youngsters%u2014things like tolerance, restraint, persistence, good manners, and good sportsmanship. Things that, sadly, seem to have gone the way of knickers. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Jun 16, 2009

Product Description:

The second film directed by actor Bill Paxton is a marked departure--in both form and content--from his debut, 2001's FRAILTY, a shadowy, gothic tale of murder. THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED is a sports movie slash Horatio Alger rags-to-riches tale with undertones of class consciousness and social critique. The story is based on a real-life event--the 1913 U.S. Open golf championship--at which two equally sympathetic young men, both of whom grew up economically and socially disadvantaged, go club to club in one of the most exciting and dramatic athletic events of the early 20th century.

The film focuses on the competition between the British star Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) and the young American prodigy Francis Ouimet (HOLES star Shia LaBoeuf). Though they hail from opposite sides of the Atlantic, the struggles that the two young golfers have had to overcome are markedly similar; both grew up in hard-scrabble, working-class homes that happened to be adjacent to golf courses, and both were preternaturally disposed to the game. In addition, both must defy the disdain of the golfing gentry. Vardon is already a reigning champion and international darling when Ouimet makes it to his first tournament to battle him. Though enough backstory is provided to connect the viewers to the characters, the meat of the film is the dramatic unfolding of the tournament. With expert editing and fluid camera work, Paxton films close-up views of the golfing action in a manner that recalls the kinetic pool shots in Martin Scorsese's THE COLOR OF MONEY. With each stroke, the competition becomes closer and the mood more tense, culminating in an explosive outcome that, while not unexpected, pulls at the heartstrings as do all good tales of triumph over adversity.

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  • Theatrical Release: September 30, 2005

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