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4.0 out of 5 stars "Whatever you do don't stop hitting the ball", 31 Mar. 2005
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). He's so ambitious, and single-minded, that he eventually goes on to complete two Masters, obtain a law degree, and try his hand at selling real estate while still playing championship golf!
Throughout the film the viewer is introduced to a variety of affable and genial folk, both in America and in Scotland, who influence and affect his life: O.B. Keeler (Malcolm McDowell), is the Atlanta Journal sportswriter who becomes Jones' best friend and confidant; Walter Hagen (a strutting and preening Jeremy Northam), is Jones's main competitor - a pleasure-seeking professional who is at times Bobby's friendly mentor but can't help be annoyed by his rival's ingenuous success, and Dan Albright, who plays Bobby's rigid, bible-bashing grandfather, who thinks Bobby should be doing something more productive with his time.
Although the movie is set against the background of the tumultuous 1920's where prohibition was in force, it doesn't really offer any lasting social comment, except in one scene where Bobby - forced to explain why he won't play for money - precipitously and calmly states that "money will ruin this game one day"; it's a starling reminder of how far money and sports have come.
The movie is gorgeous to look at, with the locations in Georgia and Scotland well chosen, as well as some of the most exquisitely contoured and gentle fairways. Much care has obviously been lavished on the costumes, designed by Beverly Safier, and other period detail given what was undeniably a limited budget. Yes - the film is at times ambling, staid, and considered, just like the game itself. And despite the vigorous, lets get on to the next chapter narrative, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius remains relaxed, leisurely, and unforced, exactly the way an enjoyable round of golf should be. Mike Leonard March 05.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!, 15 July 2009
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Doug Monk (Bournemouth, England) - See all my reviews
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Golfers joy, 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch for Golf Fans, 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
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 Fantastic, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A well executed picture of one of the greatest golf players of all times, 30 Sept. 2012
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The story in mild colours of Mr. Robert Jones Jr., graduated in engineering and English literature, then lawyer, not least amateur unrivalled golf player.
Very pleasant for a nice couple of hours with the family, well executed for those who love golf and nice golf courses (great photography). Maybe it lacks a bit of depth but still I recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener to what Bobby Jones went through, 11 Jan. 2012
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 is a fantastic insight into what Bobby Jones went through
and what a talent he was !

I have watched this movie several times and find it inspirational.
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