Posts Tagged ‘Golf Movies’

Golf Movies #22 (Seven Days in Utopia – 2011)

Aug 23rd

Academy Award winner Robert Duvall stars in the 2011 golfing film, Seven Days in Utopia, which is adapted from Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia by David L. Cook.

A humiliating loss in a tournament leads to an embarrassing public meltdown for pro golfer Luke Chisholm (Lucas Black), who proceeds to make things worse by driving his car through a fence in, of all places, Utopia, Texas. The fence happens to be on the property of Johnny Crawford (Duvall), a rancher and former touring golfer who senses Luke’s dilemma and takes him under his wing, offering advice and coaching.

Although having just turned 80 years of age, Robert Duvall continues to effortlessly demonstrate why he is one of Hollywood’s (still) under-appreciated actors. His portrayal of the wise, weathered mentor is alone worth the price of admission.

Cast: Robert Duvall, Robert Bear, Lucas Black and Madison Burge. (source)     Year: 2011

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Golf Movies #21 (Fairway to Heaven – 2007)

Aug 9th

The 2007 golf comedy, Fairway to Heaven (a play-on-words on the classic Led Zeppelin song), stars Ryan Tower (who also co-directed) as Brad Tripp, a former hot-shot junior golfer who finds himself with the “dream” once more of becoming a famous, world-class linksman.

Surrounded by an (to say the least) unlikely group of assorted hangers-on and supporters, such as a lesbian golf instructor, an ex-girlfriend-turned-nemesis and an annoying caddy who’d be more at home on a surfboard, Tripp somehow manages to make the Tour. It’s only then that the two drop-dead gorgeous, bikini-clad, space-gun-wielding aliens appear.

At times hilarious, at other times merely ridiculous, Fairway to Heaven tries to be Caddyshack, but too often more closely resembles Porky’s.

Other cast members besides Tower include Akira Lane, Ryan Click, Berbadette Perez and Charlotte J. Helmkamp. (source)

Year: 2007

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Golf Movies #20 (Who’s Your Caddy? – 2007)

Jul 26th

Who’s Your Caddy? is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water comedy about superstar rap mogul, C-Note (Big Boi), who runs into fierce opposition when he tries to join the super stuffy Carolina Pines Golf & Country Club. Undeterred, C-Note gets the brilliant idea to buy the land adjacent to the golf club’s 17th hole, which he cleverly leverage’s to gain membership.

C-Note’s crew wreaks havoc as they bring their larger-than-life style to the club. As the club’s hoighty-toighty leadership desperately tries to revoke C-Note’s membership, our hero realizes that his family’s honor and secret record-breaking golf history is at stake. As he takes on the fight of his life, C-Note pulls out all of the stops to bring down the clubs backwards establishment and welcome them to the 21st century.

Cast: Big Boi, Jeffrey Jones, Susan Ward     Year: 2007

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Golf Movies #19 (The Greatest Game Ever Played – 2005)

Jul 12th

The true story of an upset victory that helped change the sport of golf forever provides the basis for this period drama. Francis Ouimet (played by Shia LaBeouf) was born in 1893 to a working-class family in Massachusetts, and grew up fascinated by golf. However, at that time golf was considered a pastime of the wealthy and privileged, and British and Scottish players dominated the professional game.

Ouimet’s familial home was near the Brookline, MA, Country Club, and over the stern objections of his father, Francis got a job there as a caddy. Honing his skill in his spare time, Francis displayed a tremendous natural talent for the game and an understanding of its strategies, and 1913 he became the first amateur to play in the U.S. Open, held at the Brookline Country Club. Ouimet’s presence was considered little more than a novelty at the time; Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane), a British champion with six tournament victories under his belt, was considered a shoo-in to win, with Ted Ray (Stephen Marcus) his only serious competition. But wait, there’s more

Golf Movies #18 (29 and Holding – 2004)

Jun 28th

The inevitable “mid-life crisis,” even if it happens to occur when reaching the ripe old age of 30 is the subject of the 2004 comedy, 29 and Holding.

Two friends, Mike and Jeff, have reached the dreaded “Three-0”, and are faced with some tough decisions. Mike would like nothing more than to spend his life on the golf course while Jeff, the romantic, desperately seeks out love to find fulfilment. Mike HAS love, but his girlfriend wants him to “grow up” and become an adult, and threatens to leave him if he doesn’t comply. (source)

Familiar, yet necessary situations visit both friends as they struggle with the happenings swirling around them, making them long for the “good old days.” Viewers will no doubt recognize the scenario and sympathize.

Cast: Jad Davis, Morgan Simpson and David Paladino star in this light-hearted comedy.

Year: 2004

Golf Movies #17 (Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius – 2004)

Jun 14th

Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., aka “Bobby Jones” rises from complete obscurity to become a golfing legend. Jones overcomes his own fierce temper, intense passion, and perfectionist tendencies to master the game and win the Grand Slam, the U.S., British, and Amateur Opens in golf, a feat unequaled even today.

But it is Jones’s style, personality, and character that separate him from the other professionals in his field. When Jones realizes that his unparalleled success may be destroying those he loves he’s presented with an astounding proposition, one that shocks the world.

As a tribute to golfing legend, Bobby Jones, this tale of conquering ambition and personal demons to find success on the greens delivers a message about personal victory in a compelling way.

Cast: Brett Rice, Claire Forlani, Connie Ray, Jeremy Northam, Jim Caviezel, Malcolm McDowell

Year: 2004

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Golf Movies #16 (Par 6 – 2002)

May 31st

A sort of “Field of Dreams,” golfing version, with a dash of “Waking Ned Devine” is the basic storyline behind the 2002 comedy/drama, Par 6.

A rather quirky family sets up their mobile home on the site of their late father’s homestead in barren west Texas desertland. The deceased father apparently begins “channelling” via the oldest son his dream to construct a golf course on the property. The trouble is, the land now belongs to a Japanese conglomeration who have other plans for the land.

Faced with opposition from all sides, the family doggedly sticks to their plans and eventually wins over the locals, making the venture a true “cause.”

Filled with great comedic moments, Par 6 is excellently paced and benefits from a surprisingly adept cast, led by Dylan Walsh, Walter Olkewicz, Valerie Mahaffey and Misha Collins.

Year: 2002

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Golf Movies #15 (A Gentleman’s Game – 2001)

May 24th

A young boy’s summer job as a caddy at an exclusive country club teaches him a valuable lesson in the differences between the “haves” and “have-nots” in the 2001 sports drama, A Gentleman’s Game.

Mason Gamble stars as Timmy, the 13-year old who shows promise as a golfer. With the help of his father, Timmy begins learning the ropes while caddying for both the town’s “elite” as well as the blue-collar duffers. Taken under the wing of a former golf professional (Gary Sinise), Timmy undergoes a crash course not only in golf, but in life itself.

Well directed by J. Mills Goodloe (in his directorial debut), who also co-wrote the screenplay, adapted from the same-titled novel by Tom Coyne. Besides Gamble and Sinise, the cast includes Dylan Baker, Philip Baker Hall, Kevin Thorns and Brian Doyle-Murray. (source)

Year: 2001

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Golf Movies #14 (Mulligan – 2000)

May 17th

The 2000 golf comedy, Mulligan, tells the story of four life-long friends who make it a weekly date to get together for a round of golf. The largely unknown cast features Steve Lattery, Alex Cole, Cedric Yabrough and Joshua Will.

The foursome play a free-wheeling, competitive style of golf, frequently making use of the “mulligan” ( golfing for ‘do over’), a technique each of them, not surprisingly, begin to regularly utilize in their everyday (non-golfing) comings-and-goings, with predictably disastrous results.

Eventually, the foursome has difficulty separating golf from their real lives, along with the realization that they really don’t like each other that much. A shared enemy serves to reunite the once-happy group however, and they drive off into the sunset on golf carts. Mulligan is directed by Tim Van de Steeg.

Cast: Steve Lattery, Joshua Will and Cedric Yarbrough (source)

Year: 2000

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Golf Movies #13 (The Legend of Bagger Vance – 2000)

May 3rd

A disillusioned war veteran, Captain Rannulph Junah, reluctantly agrees to play a game of golf. He finds the game futile until his caddy, Bagger Vance, teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life.

Rannulph Junnah is the best golfer in Savannah. He’s living well and has a girl, Adele Invergordon, who’s the daughter of a wealthy landowner. The First World War starts, though, and Junnah goes to Europe to fight. The only survivor of a dangerous mission, Junnah doesn’t return to Savannah for 15 years.

In 1930, he returns, and Adele’s father has already committed suicide during the Depression. Pressured by tax collectors to sell the golf course her father built to pay off debts, Adele, now older, vows to bring to Savannah the greatest match ever played on the greatest golf course, her late father’s. She’s able to round up the 2 greatest golfers of their time, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen to play for $10,000. But wait, there´s more