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The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played

Movie
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On DVD: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
120 Minutes

The Greatest Game Ever Played is the story of 20 year-old Francis Oiumet, a caddy and aspiring businessman who is plucked out of his lower-class life to compete as an amateur in the U.S. Golf Open against the legendary Harry Vardon.  Taking on a 10 year-old caddy, Francis is laughed at as he quietly rises in the standings to eventually take on Vardon for the championship.

It is pretty easy to say now that when Disney does a true story sports movie, that it will likely not be a bad movie.  So, how does The Greatest Game Ever Played match up?  Let’s take a look:

1. Remember the Titans
2. (Tied) The Rookie
2. (Tied) The Greatest Game Ever Played
3. Miracle
4. Glory Road

Yes, I tie it with The Rookie although the movies are completely different, one dealing with an older guy trying to break into a sport for younger people and one about a younger kid trying to break into a sport meant for the older elitist crowd.  Because of my age, I can relate more with Greatest Game.  Shia LaBeouf (don’t ask me how to pronounce it) has always been an underrated favorite of mine and his performance in this movie proved his abilities once again.

As for the special features, there are no deleted scenes to speak of but the Featurettes (including an old black and white feature from the earl 60s) are excellent, in true Disney narrated style.  The Greatest Game Ever Played is not the greatest sports movie ever made but it, like Ouimet, is quickly climbing the standings.
 

Review by Justin Anthony