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Legend of Bagger Vance, The
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by Clint Morris

"This movie thinks it's a little more special than what it actually is"
3 stars

First things first, "Bagger Vance" isn't the brilliant epic one might have hoped for. The cast, the Director, the ambition it reflects... it all doesn't measure up to that size an epic. However, "Bagger Vance", as predictable as it is, is a delight to watch.

Redford directs Damon as a former war hero of the 20's who
is enlisted, thanks to his persuasive Savannah, to take
on two golf pro's in a charity tournament. A little reluctant
at first, but he is soon roped into it but not only
the townfolk, but by one time flame and rich girl, Theron, and
Bagger Vance (Smith) a mysterious man who volunteers
himself Damon's caddy.
Bagger Vance teaches him a lot more than golf and along the
way the young golfer also wins the hearts of the crowd and
gets his swing back.
A nice little movie that could have been better. It kind of
avoids a few things - like telling us more about Bagger Vance.
He kind of turns up, shakes things up and leaves. hmmm.

The sports angle is pretty prominent, but it's filmed in a great way, that makes it a pleasure to watch anyway. Damon and Smith play their parts well, as does the under rated Charlize Theron.

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User Comments

9/08/14 Joe Smaltz Like watching golf on TV. Or watching paint dry. 2 stars
8/17/09 Dr.Lao Misses most of what mde the book great, but the cast was clearly trying to make it work 4 stars
4/24/06 Carol Baker Again this between Average and Worth a look. Will Smith was pretty good here. 3 stars
11/30/05 Michael A Mix Of Currents: some good, some hidden 4 stars
8/17/05 ES bagger please! = why watch 2 stars
5/29/05 bill mcfarland An enchanting movie that makes you believe in Angels 4 stars
7/04/04 R.W. Welch It helps if you're into golf, I'd guess. Nice cinematography. 3 stars
1/12/04 Santiago If you have never played golf, you have no idea what the movie is about. 5 stars
12/19/03 Kent Worth seeing. Good moral and message 4 stars
12/08/03 Samuel A pretty decent film... 4 stars
9/03/03 Alex Too slow for most, but let's face it a man's grip on his club is like a man's grip on life 5 stars
4/09/03 Jack Bourbon Pretty stupid. And BTW, I like golf. . . probably because I'm a big fan of drinking. 2 stars
11/27/02 Kyle I don't like golf or Damon, but I thought this movie was pretty good. 4 stars
11/19/02 John C Its important not to confuse Thoreau with James Bond... Awesome Movie!!! 5 stars
11/19/02 Bill Hindu holy book Bhagava-gita = Bagger Vance Film is not about Golf at but about Life! 5 stars
7/02/02 Phil M. Aficionado It never quite got its act together to rise above the middle tier of films. Just so-so. 3 stars
6/05/02 Patrick Riley Simply the best film of the year, Bagger Vance rules!!!! 5 stars
12/24/01 ryan very disappointing worst golf movie since caddyshack 2 2 stars
12/20/01 Andrew Carden VERY Disappointing Smith Flick With Boring Screenplay and Bad Acting. 1 stars
6/04/01 keith langman sitting on few amazing scenes 4 stars
4/09/01 Monday Morning Understated story, beautifully filmed. Not everything can be an action flick, you dopes. 5 stars
4/09/01 Jake Tedious game. The world revolves around Damon's character again. Ugh! 1 stars
2/16/01 Joseph Roseberg The movie is not about Bagger Vance at all. But a relaxing diversion for the evening anyway 3 stars
12/30/00 kevin Okay movie, could have been better. At least i like golf C+ 3 stars
12/03/00 KoHawk Boring movie, does nothing for me 2 stars
12/01/00 Angela Murtagh Matt Damon was cute as always but it was nothing to write home about...boring! 2 stars
11/26/00 Fred Moving film. Another good performance by Matt Damon. Enjoyed Smith too. 4 stars
11/25/00 tnt The cast was not Redford nor Freeman..fix it!! 4 stars
11/20/00 Kirsten Predictable, yes...but it still got me. 4 stars
11/16/00 Mark Cinematography is not bad, screenplay sucks though. 3 stars
11/14/00 lil' pebble "I lost my swing" was a metaphor for life. We should all have a Bagger Vance to guide us. 5 stars
11/12/00 poetchuck Interesting, if implausible story 4 stars
11/06/00 Darren Smith Charlize Theron has great teeth. The slack-jawed pain in the ass kid got too much time. 4 stars
11/05/00 Wayne Good performances by Damon & Smith. 4 stars
11/04/00 Jerry Steele This movie is CRAP! 1 stars
11/02/00 Greg Wonderful Moving Film 5 stars
10/30/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble White America's revenge against Tiger Woods. 1 stars
10/26/00 Peterson Toscano Entertaining, but devoid of a social heart, a white, middle class dream come true 1 stars
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  08-Feb-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Robert Redford

Written by
  Steve Pressfield

  Matt Damon
  Will Smith
  Charlize Theron
  Robert Redford
  Morgan Freeman

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