The Greatest Game Ever Played

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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. However, Vardon, a fellow working-class boy who had overcome tuberculosis to become Britain's premier professional golfer, had more in common with Ouimet than anyone expected, and the tournament unexpectedly became a hard-fought competition between an established star and a promising unknown. Directed by Bill Paxton in his second directorial effort, The Greatest Game Ever Played also stars Elias Koteas as Francis' father, Josh Flitter as the ten-year-old boy who becomes Francis' caddy, and Peyton List as Sarah Wallis, Francis' sweetheart.
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Special Features

A view from the gallery: on the set of the Greatest Game Every Played; Two legends and the greatest game; From caddie to champion: Francis Quimet; Audio commentary with director Bill Paxton; Audio commentary with author, screenwriter and producer Mark Frost
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It’s still called “a game for gentlemen,” but that was even truer of golf back in 1913, when a young working-class upstart challenged one of the world’s best players in the U.S. Open. That classic match is the subject of this charming, low-key movie directed by longtime actor Bill Paxton, whose Frailty (2001) revealed him to be just as talented behind the camera as in front of it. His latest effort is no less impressive. Shia LaBeouf plays Francis Ouimet, the son of immigrants, who grows up near a Massachusetts golf course and falls in love with the game, for which he shows remarkable aptitude at an early age. Despite the protests of his hardworking father (Elias Koteas), who believes that men should stay within their own class, Francis enters the U.S. Open and competes against British champion Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane), himself the product of a modest background. Although the film offers some very slight villainy in the form of Vardon’s sponsor, newspaper magnate Lord Northcliffe (Peter Firth), the principal conflict is the match itself. Anyone who has ever drowsed his or her way through a televised golf tournament will be surprised by the degree to which Paxton generates suspense from this event. He and his technical-effects people find infinite ways to show a golf ball’s passage through the air and along the ground, using different vantage points and precise editing to enhance the dramatic value of each stroke. In other ways, though, the film is fairly typical of its genre: The underdog with preternatural ability and supreme confidence rises to an inspiring challenge from more experienced, accomplished players. Still, Paxton’s inventive direction makes it more than your average Rudy wannabe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • UPC: 786936813807
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1AB
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 23,640

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shia LaBeouf Francis Ouimet
Stephen Dillane Harry Vardon
Josh Flitter Eddie Lowery
Peyton List Sarah Wallis
Elias Koteas Arthur Ouimet
Marnie McPhail Mary Ouimet
Stephen Marcus Ted Ray
Peter Firth Lord Northcliffe
Michael Weaver John McDermott
James Paxton Young Harry
Matthew Knight Young Francis Ouimet
Justin Ashforth Ted Hastings
Luke Askew Alec Campbell
George Asprey Wilfred Reid
Marc James Beauchamp Assistant Pro
Melanie Beauline Reid's Escort
Pierre Boudreau Nothcliffe's Valet
Nicole Braber Know-It-All Girlfriend
James Bradford Robert Watson
Paul Cagelet Man Passing By
Len Cariou Stedman Comstock
Melissa Carter Reid's Escort
Alexina Cowan Louise Ouimet
Charles S. Doucet Irish Crew Boss
Eugenio Esposito Young Raymond Ouimet
Scott Faulconbridge Billy
Frank Fontaine Wallis' Chauffeur
Johnny Griffin Jack Lowery
Jonathan Higgins Embry Wallis
Arthur Holden Club Secretary
Peter Hurley Black Top Hatted Man
Marcel Jeannin Office Worker
Joe Jackson Pub Pianist
Max Kasch Freddie Wallis
Luke Kirby Frank Hoyt
Armand Laroche Black Top Hatted Man
Steven Wallace Lowe Reporter
Kyle Macdougall Vardon's Assistant
Danette MacKay Mrs. Wallis
Walter Massey President Taft
Jamie Merling Young Louise Ouimet
Mike Nahrgang Baritone
Tim Peper Walter Gibbs (as Timothy W. Peper)
Philip Pretten Comstock's Assistant
Tom Rack Black Top Hatted Man
Jesse Rath Runner
Terry Reid Vardon's Caddy- Tommy
Howard Ryshpan Gallery Member
Domenico Salvaggio Bartender
James Scovone Copy Boy
Michael Sinelnikoff Lord Bullock
Stephen Spreekmeester Ted's Caddy
Dennis St. John Wallis' Butler
Gregory Terlecki Black Top Hatted Man
Jeremy Thibodeau Raymond Ouimet
Amanda Tilson Young Sarah Wallace
Dawn Upshaw Soprano, Singer
Patrick Whitebean McDermott's Caddy
Robin Wilcock Darwin, Bernard
Brian Wrench Know-It-All Gallery Member
Nicolas Wright Phillip Wainwright
Brian Tyler Conductor
Technical Credits
Bill Paxton Director
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Henri Aubertin Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Beher Sound Editor
Marie Bellemare Costumes/Costume Designer
Alain Bérard Stunts
Marcello Bezina Stunts
David Blocker Producer
Manon Bougie Production Manager
Lisange Boulais Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Brezner Producer
Stephane Byl Stunts
Alex Cadieux Stunts
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Sylvie Charbonneau Costumes/Costume Designer
Dominique Charete Stunts
Mike Chute Stunts
Barbara Cohen Casting
Roberto De Angelis Camera Operator
Buck Deachman Asst. Director
Lynda Doubille Costumes/Costume Designer
Marie-Josée Dumont Costumes/Costume Designer
Nancy Ferlatte Makeup
Chantal Di Filippo Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Frost Producer, Screenwriter
Liane Garneau Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Gauthier Stunts
Francois Gauthier Stunts
Jere Gillis Stunts
Elliot Graham Editor
Melanie Guimont Makeup
Shane Hurlbut Cinematographer
Andrea Kenyon Casting
Patrick Kerton Stunts
Helena Laliberté Stunts
Alex Lambert Makeup
Celine Lampron Set Decoration/Design
André Laperriere Stunts
Felix Lariviere-Charron Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Larose Set Decoration/Design
Catherine Lavoie Makeup
Karine Lemieux Stunts
Dave McKeown Stunts
Emma Meloche Costumes/Costume Designer
Julie Mignot Makeup
Daniel Mizuguchi Animator
Michael Mulock Animator
Mark Ormandy Sound/Sound Designer
Émilie Perrault Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Paul Poduska Sound/Sound Designer
Emmanuel Previnaire Camera Operator
Matt Ralph Animator
Elizabeth Ross Editor
Patrick Rousseau Sound Mixer
Viriya Say Costumes/Costume Designer
François Séguin Production Designer
Karl Sisson Animator
Soundelux Sound Editor
Robert Stecko Camera Operator
David Steinberg Executive Producer
Peter Michael Sullivan Sound/Sound Designer
Bert Tougas Cinematographer
Lucie Tremblay Set Decoration/Design
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Maxime Vallée-Désourdy Stunts
Scott Wolf Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Greatest Game Ever Played
1. Opening Credits [:00]
2. Harry Vardon [:00]
3. Members Only [:00]
4. Qualifying [:00]
5. The U.S. Open [4:42]
6. Round One [10:38]
7. Round Two [6:14]
8. Round Three [13:38]
9. Round Four [7:44]
10. Tiebreaker [13:59]
11. Acceptance [:30]
12. Great Game/End Credits [12:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Greatest Game Ever Played
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      A View From the Gallery: On the Set of the Greatest Game Ever Played
      Two Legends and the Greatest Game
      From Caddie to Champion: Francis Ouimet
      Audio Commentaries
         View the Film With Optional Audio Commentary With Director Bill Paxton - On
         View the Film With Optional Audio Commentary With Director Bill Paxton - Off
         View the Film With Optional Audio Commentary with Author, Screenwriter, and Producer Mark Frost - On
         View the Film With Optional Audio Commentary with Author, Screenwriter, and Producer Mark Frost - Off
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Captions & Subtitles
         English For the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: None
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Favorite Movie

    This is 1 of my favorite movies. This was at a time, when poor people couldn't play golf, in America. Only the rich people could play golf. During this time, the British always won the golf championships, and the main character wanted to be the 2nd American person to win the golf championship. I won't tell you if he win, or looses. I recommend that you watch this movie, if you love golf, sports, or just an amazing movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspire a young child (or older), to do their utmost to make their dreams come true. Any interest in sports, not necessarily just golf, might help.

    Inspire a young child (or older), to strive to fulfill dreams, despite obstacles, or being told "it can't be done - by you!".

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it!

    This is a beautiful movie. It is not action packed but it's quite simplicity and wonderful story makes you truly feel that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Even if the game of golf doesn't interest you, you will be compelled by this wonderful movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie

    This was one of my favorite movies. It was easily tied for first, with Miracle (Miracle on Ice about the 1980 olympics), on most inspirational movie. The acting is great and it has some comedic factors about the young Eddie Lowery, Francis Ouimette's caddy. This story did not just create the non-class barrier in golf and inspire young golfers, it can also be applied in every ones dreams, accomplishments, and there means to achieve them.

    Written by a Sixth Grader

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    A never give up movie. Following your dreams is never easy but once you get there its wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this movie!!!

    I watched this movie when it came on cable one night because there was nothing else on. I loved it! I was surprised by how good it was. I was skeptical of this movie when it first came out, because I absolutely hate golf. This movie is not all about golf. It's basically about beating the odds and following your dreams. That's why I love this movie. It is so good, it deserves six stars. Whether you like golf or hate it, please watch this movie. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This movie is an outstanding showing of a true underdog story. Shia LeBouf did an amazing job as Francis Quinet. I wouldn't usually go for golf movies, but this is a definite exception. It's not really an action movie, but it is a classic by my standards.

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