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The Legend of Bagger Vance

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Robert Redford

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About the Movie

Robert Redford directed this adaptation of a novel by Steven Pressfield that uses golf as a metaphor for one man's spiritual and philosophical journeys. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) was a gifted amateur golfer from Savannah, GA, until traumatic experiences during World War I shattered his confidence and sent him into a spiral of alcoholism. In 1931, Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron), a beautiful heiress who once loved Junuh, inherits a spectacular but financially ailing golf course after the suicide of her father. To attract customers, she proposed a high-stakes match between the two most famous golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (Joel Gretsch) and Walter Hagen (Bruce McGill). Local businessmen sponsoring the match insist that a local golfer be added to the card, and Junuh is drafted for the position, but it soon becomes obvious that his game is just a shadow of its former glory. When things seem hopeless, a mysterious gentleman named Bagger Vance (Will Smith) volunteers to serve as Junuh's caddy and coach, using a mixture of ancient wisdom and past-life knowledge to help Junuh “remember" the swing he's lost. Jack Lemmon narrates the story, and J. Michael Moncrief plays Lemmon's character as a boy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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43%
  • Reviews Counted: 129
  • Fresh: 55
  • Rotten: 74
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Relies on a ritualized filmmaking style that leaches [Redford's] story of excitement. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A lightweight, modestly engaging yarn. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: So meticulous in its craftsmanship and so earnest in its storytelling that it feels both physically and spiritually airbrushed. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It offers pleasures of a kind that fewer and fewer films even seem to remember, much less aspire to. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie

This movie seems to be disliked by lots of critics and I, for the life of me, do not understand why. Its got a compelling storyline (I will agree it builds a bit slowly in the beginning) and beautiful cinematography. Plus the analogy between golf and life is very interesting and in my opinion, well done. Great movie if you are looking for something easy on the eyes and inspirational!

Life Lesson, Great Movie!!

This is a remarkable movie played out on the screen by some of the best to appear on the Silver screen.

Glad it's finally available!

I love this movie, another great Will Smith performance...great theme! Thanks! now I can watch it anytime!!

The Legend of Bagger Vance
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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