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Bobby Jones - Stroke Of Genius [DVD]

Jim Caviezel , Claire Forlani , Dan Albright    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Claire Forlani, Jeremy Northam, Malcolm McDowell, Aidan Quinn
  • Directors: Dan Albright
  • Producers: James Horner, Kim Dawson, Tim Moore
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007RUSEO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,181 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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Touching drama based on a true story. Jim Caviezel plays Bobby Jones, the talented but temperamental golfer who took the professional golf tour by storm in the mid 1920s. Claire Forlani plays his wife Mary Malone Jones, who raises their children and balances his life out of the spotlight of public scrutiny and pressure that his golf career demands.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Whatever you do don't stop hitting the ball" 31 Mar 2005
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Golfers joy 4 Jan 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius 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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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 15 July 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch for Golf Fans 21 April 2009
By S. Gunn
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Booby Jones dont miss it 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Jonnes 26 Jan 2014
By Yasser
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Very nice and inspirational movie. Very nice image and sound quality, i would recommend it to every golf lovers. Amazing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Jones Movie
This film would suit anyone who likes Golf - other sports; and a story line to follow. My kind of film.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. M. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones was one of the great characters in the early days of professional golf, although he remained an amateur. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JHvW
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by storekn
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
my husband being a golfer and always talking of the great bobby jones so was a good idea for a prescent he eas realy pleased
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Pauline A Farrelly
4.0 out of 5 stars film choice
good film, but i think "the greatest game ever played" is better. but still a very good down to earth film
Published 13 months ago by jerseyrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Stroke of Genius
Jim Caviezal is a brilliant actor, we thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. He portrayed Bobby Jones down to the last detail
Published 14 months ago by ShanRay
4.0 out of 5 stars A well executed picture of one of the greatest golf players of all...
The story in mild colours of Mr. Robert Jones Jr., graduated in engineering and English literature, then lawyer, not least amateur unrivalled golf player. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Enrico
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener to what Bobby Jones went through
An eye opener to what Bobby Jones went through

I did not think much of the Bobby Jones story that was told
by many people in the golfing circles

This DVD... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by Aussie Golfer
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