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The Greatest Game Ever Played

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The Greatest Game Ever Played: Jonathan Wenk

The Greatest Game Ever Played

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
120 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/30/05
performer:
Shia LaBeouf, Michael Weaver
director:
Bill Paxton
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
author:
Mark Frost
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

The Greatest Game Ever Played, the story of Francis Ouimet, the caddie who won the 1913 U.S. Open, is one of sports’ great underdog tales. (The modern equivalent would be the Yankees’ batboy hitting a World Series-winning home run). But Bill Paxton’s directing strategy, to film golf like a Western, runs out of steam on the back nine.

EXTRAS
Readers of Mark Frost’s 2002 book will appreciate the author’s historical commentary and a 25-minute TV interview with Ouimet from 1963. The modest champ shares still-sharp memories while walking the hallowed Brookline course.