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Rated PG · 113 minutes

Biography, Drama
Written and directed by Rowdy Herrington, this richly upholstered biopic (2004) of golf legend Bobby Jones faces one of the toughest sand traps imaginable: not only does it have to make golf exciting, it has to dramatize a man's interior struggle with his own seemingly limitless potential. As my grandfather used to say, that's a pretty high-class problem to have, and with a wall-to-wall sound track of Gaelic flutes and purring French horn, the movie keeps threatening to become a lesson in noblesse oblige. But Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) gives a quietly focused performance in the title role, ably assisted by Brett Rice as Jones's father, Jeremy Northam as golf rival Walter Hagen, and Malcolm McDowell as sportswriter O.D. Keeler.

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