Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius

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Overview

Based on the real-life story of golf legend Bobby Jones, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius features Jim Caviezel as the temperamental but highly talented amateur who threw a wrench in the golf world of the mid-'20s. Though Jones would eventually become the founder of the internationally renowned Augusta National Golf Club, which is father to the prestigious annual tournament known as The Masters, the combination of his ambition and tumultuous relationship with the media interfered with his personal life to such an ...
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Overview

Based on the real-life story of golf legend Bobby Jones, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius features Jim Caviezel as the temperamental but highly talented amateur who threw a wrench in the golf world of the mid-'20s. Though Jones would eventually become the founder of the internationally renowned Augusta National Golf Club, which is father to the prestigious annual tournament known as The Masters, the combination of his ambition and tumultuous relationship with the media interfered with his personal life to such an extent that his future in the sport seemed doomed. With the help of his wife, Mary Malone Jones (Claire Forlani), the gifted, oftentimes tortured golfer was forced to balance his family life and the public scrutiny regarding his golf career, lest both of them dissolve entirely. Directed by Rowdy Herrington, the film also stars Jeremy Northam, Aidan Quinn, and Malcolm McDowell.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Bloopers; Deleted scenes; Director commentary with special guest Prof. Richard Brown; "Celebrating the Legend" - The making-of Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius; Featurettes on The Bobby Jones Legacy; Photo gallery; Previews; Narrative track for the visually impaired
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Still regarded as the greatest golfer in the game’s history Tiger Woods notwithstanding, Bobby Jones was a bona fide superstar of international standing. He appeared in magazine ads, on the radio, and even in movies, demonstrating his skills to such cinematic luminaries as W. C. Fields and Joe E. Brown. And yet he retired from competitive play in 1930, at age 31. This fascinating biographical film, directed -- rather surprisingly -- by Road House auteur Rowdy Herrington, stars Jim Caviezel as the legendary golfer, whom he portrays as a man obsessed, a compulsive competitor tortured by some deeply repressed inadequacy. Caviezel’s naturally intense mien makes him the perfect choice to essay this particular role, and he brings just as much conviction to this part as he did to his star-making turn for Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. Claire Forlani, who has not received especially rewarding parts to date, is genuinely affecting as Bobby’s supportive wife, who understands his need to compete while wishing he’d quit the game and spend more time at home with her and their children. Although there was more to Jones than his preternatural ability, Herrington doesn’t lard Stroke of Genius with trumped-up melodramatics. He conveys Jones’s pain -- which was quite real and not restricted to his emotional makeup -- without making every match a titanic struggle against overwhelming odds. And he succeeds to a surprising extent in making a decidedly non-cinematic game visually appealing, something that the recent Legend of Bagger Vance, for instance, failed to do. This is a family-friendly movie that all can enjoy, but we suspect Stroke will find its most appreciate audience among those who can appreciate a good walk, spoiled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2004
  • UPC: 043396085107
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,881

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caviezel Bobby Jones
Claire Forlani Mary Malone Jones
Malcolm McDowell O.B. Keeler
Jeremy Northam Walter Hagen
Aidan Quinn Harry Vardon
Matt Lanter Caddy
Technical Credits
Rowdy Herrington Director, Screenwriter
Dave Arrowsmith Art Director
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
Kim Dawson Producer
James Horner Score Composer
Bruce A. Miller Production Designer
Thomas Minton Art Director
Tim Moore Producer
Beverly Safier Costumes/Costume Designer
John Shepherd Producer
John Shepherd Producer
Tom Stern Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:56]
2. The Tiger and the Dragon [4:16]
3. 18 Shots [6:25]
4. Wee Bobby [4:38]
5. Dixie Whiz Kid [4:59]
6. U.S. Amateur [4:50]
7. The Price of Fame [3:45]
8. War Relief [2:50]
9. Walter Hagen [4:46]
10. A Game of Recovery [2:35]
11. Love at First Sight [5:48]
12. Runner-Up Year [5:49]
13. St. Andrews, 1921 [4:44]
14. "Godforsaken Cowpatch" [4:08]
15. Ill Temper and Injury [4:38]
16. 1923 U.S. Open [7:41]
17. "Who's Better Than Us?" [4:02]
18. Pressure [7:15]
19. Unbeatable [3:40]
20. Predestination [2:41]
21. The British Amateur [2:47]
22. The Open Championship [3:07]
23. The Harder it Gets [3:45]
24. "You Were Always the News." [1:39]
25. A True Amateur [3:42]
26. Grand Slam [1:40]
27. Finer Things [5:20]
28. Something for Himself [1:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio Set Up: English
      Audio Set Up: French/Français
      Audio Set Up: Narrative Track for the Visually Impaired
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French/Français
      Subtitles: Spanish/Español
      Subtitles: Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles: Chinese
      Subtitles: Korean
      Subtitles: Thai
      Subtitles: Subtitles Off
   Previews
      Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
      Radio
      A League of Their Own
      Rudy
      The Natural
      Brian's Song
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary With Special Guest Prof. Richard Brown, NYU Professor of Film & Video: On
      Director's Commentary With Special Guest Prof. Richard Brown, NYU Professor of Film & Video: Off
      Bloopers
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         The Math Quiz
         The Reading Assignment
         Bobby Loves Reading
         The Junior Tourament
      "Celebrating the Legend" - The Making of Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
      The Legacy
      Photo Gallery
      Previews
         Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
         Radio
         A League of Their Own
         Rudy
         The Natural
         Brian's Song
   Scene Selections
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A nice little film for Jim Caviezel

    Much in the vein of movies like Field of Dreams, Bobby Jones, SOG is a feel-good movie. I'm not a golf fan, but even so, I enjoyed this movie, and not just because I'm a major fan of Jim Caviezel's. Well worth watching.

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