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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)



Critic Consensus: This earnest, monotonous biopic lacks dramatic tension and simplifies Jones' life.

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Based on the real-life story of golf legend Bobby Jones, Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius features Jim Caviezel as the temperamental but highly talented amateur who threw a wrench in the golf world of the mid-'20s. Though Jones would eventually become the founder of the internationally renowned Augusta National Golf Club, which is father to the prestigious annual tournament known as The Masters, the combination of his ambition and tumultuous relationship with the media interfered with his personal life to such an extent that his future in the sport seemed doomed. With the help of his wife, Mary Malone Jones (Claire Forlani), the gifted, oftentimes tortured golfer was forced to balance his family life and the public scrutiny regarding his golf career, lest both of them dissolve entirely. Directed by Rowdy Herrington, the film also stars Jeremy Northam, Aidan Quinn, and Malcolm McDowell. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rowdy Herrington, Bill Pryor, Tony DePaul
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2004
Box Office: $2.5M
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Jim Caviezel
as Robert Tyre Jones Jr...
Claire Forlani
as Mary Malone Jones
Jeremy Northam
as Walter Hagen
Malcolm McDowell
as O.B. Keeler
Connie Ray
as Clara Jones
Brett Rice
as Big Bob Jones
Dan Albright
as Robert Tyre Jones Sr...
Alistair Begg
as Stewart Maiden
Larry Thompson
as John Malone
Kenny Alfonso
as Eben Byers
Tom Arcuragi
as Ralph Reed
Devon Gearhart
as Bobby Jones (age 6-8...
Thomas Lewis
as Bobby Jones (age 14)
Hilton McCrae
as Jimmy Maiden
John Curran
as Bobby Cruickshank
Rudi Davis
as Interlachen Golfer
Mitch Dean
as Inwood Runner
Allen O'Reilly
as Grantland Rice
Stephanie Sparks
as Alexa Stirling
Richard Dobkin
as Law Professor
Kevin Downes
as Gene Homans
Bill Greely
as Mr. Beecham
Jim Grimshaw
as Charlie Cox
Jim Harley
as Constable O'Brien
Rand Hopkins
as Major Cohen
Clark Jarrett
as Chick Evans
John Kohler
as Milt Saul
Happy LaShelle
as Nell Woodruff
Roy McCrerey
as Bob Gardner
David Hunt
as Dr. Begg
Angie Fox
as Young Lady
Julie Moore
as Attractive Woman
Justice Leak
as Guy on Street
Kasey Leigh
as Coed No.2
Alan McGregor
as St. Andrews Starter
Bruce McKinnon
as St. Andrews Starter ...
Chris Pierce
as Husband
Dave Roberts
as Sportswriter
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Oakmont Official
Bob Harter
as Worchester Senior Of...
Rick Rueckert
as Worchester Official
Woody Taft
as Jess Sweetser
Brian F. Durkin
as Perry Adair
Tim Ware
as George Adair
Robert Pralgo
as Pencil-Necked Report...
Steve Warren
as Reporter
Phillip DeVona
as Reporter No.2
David Dwyer
as Reporter No.3
Pat Cusick
as Reporter No.4
Kevin Stillwell
as Reporter No.5
Jamie Moore
as Reporter No.6, Phila...
Oliver Scott
as Reporter No.7, Merio...
Mark Russell Gray
as Reporter No.8, Merio...
Geoff McKnight
as Reporter No.9, Merio...
Mary Jean Fenton
as Well Wisher
Brian Bremmer
as Well Wisher
Aidan Quinn
as Harry Vardon
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Critic Reviews for Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (34)

[T]here's just not that much thrill in watching that little ball rolling toward the hole.

Full Review… | May 3, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Delivers nothing more and nothing less than one would expect from a boilerplate sports biography, which is to say, the standard triumph against a litany of standard obstacles.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting, rather than a fanciful evocation.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Bobby Jones deserves a better movie than this one.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

In going after a "Seabiscuit" type of movie about the famous '30s amateur golfer Bobby Jones, the filmmakers chose a double epithet for a biopic that gets nowhere near that film's captivating sports story from the same era.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009

The film has its sappy, predictable moments, but the gorgeous cinematography, apt direction and fine acting more than compensate. Think of it like Chariots of Fire on the golf course.

September 8, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius


Extraordinary biographic story of a famous golfer champion in the history who truimphs over himself. I love biography of famous sportstars.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


1/6/2014: I don't know much about Bobby Jones, so i thought this was a pretty good movie. I kind of want to take up golf.

SUPERB 2:08 biopic --- solid script, outstanding cast, great directing, stunning photography, tightly wrapped editing, lovely score. Jim Caviezel is a believable good, bad and ugly Jones. Malcolm McDowell is in finest form as Jones' chronicler. Claire Forlani makes you want to take her home to mom. Aidan Quinn is convincing as golf immortal Harry Vardon. Jeremy Northam's spot-on loose canon Walter Hagen is Oscar-worthy. Simply Irresistible on all fronts --- NOT to be missed.

Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Quotes

O.B. Keeler: Money! It's going to ruin sports!
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Walter Hagen: Golf is a game of recovery.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Bobby Jones: I don't think I want to be famous.
O.B. Keeler: It's too late now.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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