SOME THINGS CAN’T BE LEARNED. THEY MUST BE REMEMBERED.
In 1930’s Savannah, war veteran Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) agrees to play the greatest match ever played, and gets spiritual help from a mysterious caddy (Will Smith). This really feels like a Robert Redford pic, with its nostalgic atmosphere, traditional storytelling and a main character that looks a lot like Redford. It’s a pleasure watching the beauty of Georgia gel with the theme of the mystery of golf… but that part of the film becomes pretty silly and the shallow story doesn’t really go anywhere. The stars are not strong enough to compensate.
2000-U.S. 127 min. Color. Directed by Robert Redford. Cast: Will Smith (Bagger Vance), Matt Damon (Rannulph Junuh), Charlize Theron (Adele Invergordon), Bruce McGill, Joel Gretsch, Lane Smith. Cameo: Jack Lemmon.
Trivia: Co-produced by Redford, who allegedly considered casting himself and Morgan Freeman as Junuh and Vance. Brad Pitt was reportedly also considered for the part of Junuh. This was Lemmon’s final film.