The Legend of Bagger Vance

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Released 2000

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Director:
Robert Redford (I)
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13

The Legend of Bagger Vance is director Robert Redford's mystical tribute to the restorative power of golf. Rannulph (Matt Damon, "Good Will Hunting") once had the perfect golf swing, but his life has devolved into a whirlwind of poker and cocktails after his military service in World War I. Then a former girlfriend, the beautiful Adele (Charlize Theron, "The Astronaut's Wife") needs his help. She wants him to win a golf tournament to save her father's business. Enter Bagger Vance (Will Smith), a mysterious caddy, who guides Rannulph back to his game and back into the swing of life. Trivia fans can look for an uncredited appearance by Jack Lemmon in his last cinema performance. With lush production values and a talented cast, Redford makes this life affirming fairy tale into an engaging drama about redemption. As Bagger himself says, "I always felt a man's grip on his club is just like a man's grip on his world."

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Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    So meticulous in its craftsmanship and so earnest in its storytelling that it feels both physically and spiritually airbrushed.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A lightweight, modestly engaging yarn sporting reductive mystical and philosophical elements that are both valid and borderline silly.

  • 10

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Not only is it excruciatingly boring -- but its central premises are so banal and dubious as to border on offensiveness.

Bruce McGill

Bruce McGill

Walter Hagen

Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Rannulph Junuh

Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon

Narrator / Old Hardy Greaves

Will Smith

Will Smith

Bagger Vance

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Adele Invergordon

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Categories

Drama, Fantasy, Sports

Themes

Golf, Historical