The Greatest Game Ever Played

Released 2006


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Bill Paxton
The Greatest Game Ever Played is a biographical sports film directed by Bill Paxton that centers on the then amateur Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) as he takes part in the U.S. Open Golf tournament during a time when only the wealthy and privileged were allowed to play. The son of a lower class immigrant family, Francis was inspired by legendary pro Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) and set his sights on becoming a golf legend just like his idol. He began to work in The Country Club as a caddy while not only practicing his swings and game but collecting a set of clubs from the older ones left behind. As his talent for the game is noticed by a few of the members of the club, he enters the U.S. Amateur Championship in the hopes of proving his talents to his own father, Arthur (Elias Koteas). Missing his shot by one stroke, Francis gives up his golfing desires to work as his father wanted. However, when he is given the chance at the age of twenty to compete against his hero, Harry Vardon, and Ted Ray (Stephen Marcus), in the U.S. Open, Francis has a chance to finally prove that talent can outshine status any day.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80


    Offers an inspiring story, lush visuals and accessible characters to give a black-hat-white-hat view of class struggle in America and England.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The mixture of old-fashioned themes with newfangled techniques makes The Greatest Game Ever Played a canny piece of feel-good entertainment.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Paxton and Frost lay the schmaltz on thickly, but the deal-breaker is the overuse of special effects, which make the game in question look more like pinball than golf.

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Drama, Sports


Golf, Biography, Family Dramas, Historical