The Legend of Bagger Vance

2000, Drama, 2h 6m

130 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism. Read critic reviews

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During the Great Depression, Georgia socialite Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) announces a publicity-garnering high-stakes match at her struggling family golf course, featuring the greatest golfers of the era. Once-promising local golfer Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), whose career and life were derailed by World War I, is brought in to play alongside the stars, but his game is weak -- until the enigmatic Bagger Vance (Will Smith) offers to coach him back into the great golfer he once was.

Cast & Crew

Will Smith
Bagger Vance
Matt Damon
Rannulph Junuh
Charlize Theron
Adele Invergordon
Bruce McGill
Walter Hagen
Joel Gretsch
Bobby Jones
Lane Smith
Grantland Rice
Harve Presnell
John Invergordon
Peter Gerety
Neskaloosa
Thomas Jay Ryan
Spec Hammond
Jack Lemmon
Narrator , Old Hardy Greaves (uncredited)
Trip Hamilton
Frank Greaves
Dermot Crowley
Dougal McDermott
Jeremy Leven
Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Rachel Portman
Original Music
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Hank Corwin
Film Editor
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
W. Steven Graham
Art Direction
Michael Seirton
Set Decoration
Judianna Makovsky
Costume Designer
Wayne Herndon
Hair Stylist
Denise Pinckley
Unit Production Manager
Joseph P. Reidy
First Assistant Director
Bill Abbott
Music Editor
Ted Haigh
Graphic Designer
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Audience Reviews for The Legend of Bagger Vance

  • Jun 13, 2013
    This is one of those films where every critic has enjoyed it, but it fails to truly capture your imagination. The film is good and is entertaining, but it falls short of what it could have been a truly engaging experience. The movie is directed by Robert Redford who crafts a film that relies on traditional feel good elements to make a film that work, but falls short of its potential. The cast do what they can with the material and they make it a worthwhile film to watch. The plot is quite good, but at times it just becomes too sentimental. Some may really love it, and relate to the material, but I felt it tried too hard in being something more. With that being said, this is not a masterwork by any means. It's a good film, but one that should have been much better due to the fact that it had an impressive cast of talent, not to mention it was directed by Robert Redford. I expected much more from this film, and though it's entertaining, it becomes a film that should been much more. If the script would have had a few rewrites, then maybe this one would have worked in the way it should have. As it is, it's a film that is too sentimental and tries too hard at making you feel good, while it should do it effortlessly. The film is no different than others in the genre. Average entertainment, but is not a standout and leaves you wanting more out of a film. The Legend of Bagger Vance is worth seeing, but by the times the credit roll, you realize that you want more in a film with this amount of talent involved.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2012
    The Zegend of Bagger Vance is not a very good or memorable film.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    Boring and terribly long
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2010
    This movie just touches a nerve about life and how we sometimes get lost and need to find our way back. The three leads (Matt Damon as Junuh, Will Smith as Bagger, and Charlize Theron as the sparkling and feisty genteel Southern Belle) did a god job. A brilliant performance by a man who helps and guides another man through his problems in life in which his only reward is to see the other man better off. Robert Redford uses golf as a metaphor for life and knows how to show the extraordinary in ordinary lives and that touches your very soul leaving you optimistic and happy for the rest of the day! It is an incredible movie and does not require the viewer to be an avid golfer!
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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