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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Claire Forlani, Jeremy Northam, Malcolm McDowell, Aidan Quinn
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Producers: Kim Dawson, Tim Moore, John Shephard
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LYDGE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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His ability made him a star, but it was his passion that made him a legend. Robert "Bobby" Tyre Jones, Jr. (Jim Caviezel, The Passion of Christ) was perhaps the most naturally gifted golfer in the history of the game. Battling a disabling illness and a volcanic temper, Jones struggled through a succession of early defeats to reach the pinnacle of his sport - becoming, at age 28, the only man ever to win the coveted Grand Slam of golf. But it was his devotion to his wife Mary (Claire Forlani, Meet Joe Black) that led to the astounding announcement that shocked the world, in this inspirational true story of one of sport's greatest icons.

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Anyone who's ever been passionate about golf will find something to admire in Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, a staidly reverent biopic about one of the game's greatest champions. In the title role, Jim Caviezel suffers almost as much as he did in The Passion of the Christ, portraying Jones--who made history by winning golf's elusive Grand Slam (four top tournaments in less than four months) in 1930--as a passionately committed golfer who silently endured chronic pain (a spinal disorder prompted his early retirement at age 28), stomach ailments, emotional torment, and borderline alcoholism while maintaining amateur status in the sport he so magnificently dominated. Jeremy Northam brings much-needed levity and rakish style as Jones's friend and rival golfer Walter Hagen, and Malcolm McDowell adds colourful character as Jones's friend and biographer O.B. Keeler while Claire Forlani suffers the typical biopic plight of the hero's wife, who offers compassion! ate empathy while wishing Jones had more time for family. With its repetitive golf scenes and a sombre tone of martyrdom, Bobby Jones was partially financed by Jones's estate, which may explain its respectable dullness and instant fate as a box-office dud. Still, director Rowdy (Road House) Herrington is clearly enamoured of his subject, and some of that enthusiasm shines through the gloom. --Jeff Shannon

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2005
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Over earnest, intermittently dull, and with an excessively embellished musical score, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius is still pretty entertaining, and golfing fanatics are going to totally love it. Other viewers certainly don't have to know anything about golf to appreciate the film because the pleasure in watching is leaning all about who Georgia born golf legend Booby Jones actually was, and also watching actor, Jim Caviezel do a terrific job of bringing the highly moral, focused, and often-reluctant star golfer to life.
Bobby Jones was the only man ever to win the four major tournaments in one year. A man of integrity, he disliked fame, hated the thought of playing for money, and was the consummate gentleman amateur who won simply by showing up. Battling ill health, and plagued by a nervous disorder, Bobby retired in 1930, at age 28. This good hearted biopic traces the golf master's evolution from a sickly Atlanta childhood, where his father encouraged him to play golf against his mother's better judgment, to a 14-year-old competition wonder where he goes up against the pros., to his Grand Slam rout of the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur and British Open titles.
The movie's story is generic in every respect, but the pleasure of watching is in Caviezel's totally nuanced performance, where he brings a surprising degree of emotional heft to the role of Jones. Gifted from an early age, and totally driven, Caviezel plays him as a man who has tremendous veracity and honesty, and who wants to do the right thing by his wife, Mary (a gorgeous Claire Forlani), while also satisfying his concerned but loving parents Bob and Clara (Connie Ray and Brett Rice).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Monk on 15 July 2009
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This is an absolutely lovely film! I am not a golfer however, you do not need to appreciate the game to fully appreciate the film. I would thoroughly recommend this film to anybody.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serindipity on 13 Jun. 2010
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Bobby Jones, a piece of history I am grateful is in 'art' form. Director, Writer and Cast all well selected to produce a nicer, honorable approach to living ones life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia from Brussels on 4 Jan. 2011
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This is such a beautiful story and a joy for any golfer to watch. An amazing guy who died far too young!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Golfer on 15 Nov. 2009
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A very good movie and a very interesting story (history).
Recommended for both golfers and non-golfers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Gunn on 21 April 2009
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Well made and acted movie for golf fans .Set quite accurately throughout although it appeared to me that some British trains were running in the USA. Well worth a look if a little long but then again sports films are quite difficult to make.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Angus on 30 Jun. 2014
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Really good film about the Golfing life of Bobby Jones and the other amateur and Pro Golfers he competed against.

Hard to put 25+ years of someones life into and hour and a half but this film does it beautifully.

I am now going to buy his autobiography to learn more about this remarkable man.
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By storekn on 7 Aug. 2013
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This film really hit me, with the very special story of Bobby Jones and his true golf talent. As a keen golfer I really felt being back on the course, without having the same talent and ability to hit the ball as Bobby. The cast also made the film well worth seeing, they all played very well. Jim Caviezel being one of my true favorites. So I am happy I have the dvd now and grateful that Amazon made it available for me. Thanks!
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