"The Greatest Game Ever Played" is a new release on Disney DVD (or VHS for everyone still clinging to the good ol' days) that is based on the true story of an underdog that is given the opportunity of a lifetime.
The film is set in Boston in the early 1900s, where Francis Ouimett, who is only a child, works as a golf caddy. He has a deep infatuation with the greatest golfer of the era, Harry Vardon, who is played by Stephen Dillane. After learning that Vardon, an Englishman, was to be in Boston for a showing, Francis begged his parents to take him. Despite his father's adamant decline, his mother takes him the next day. It is here that Francis's real love for the game develops. When Vardon asks for a volunteer Francis jumps at the chance and is taught how to swing a club by the greatest golfer of the time.
Jumping ahead ten or so years, Francis, played by Shia LaBeouf, is still working as a caddy on the same course. Because both of his parents are working class immigrants, Francis is not allowed to play on the course or take part in anything else the club has to offer. His talent is discovered however, by Mr. Ted Hastings, a member of the club. One fateful day when Francis is preparing to caddy for Mr. Hastings, he is invited to actually play the round. Although he knows he is not allowed to play the course, Francis accepts the invitation and shoots an eighty one on the hardest course in the country. This is despite the fact that he took a nine on one of the holes due to the fear of being caught. Hastings decides that Francis is ready to play in the National Amateur Championship.
Because of his social status Francis was at first denied his request to play in the tournament. After learning that if he paid fifty dollars and was sponsored by a standing member of the club, Francis begged his father to loan him the money to play. His father was a very hard working man and was angry that Francis wanted to take on an endeavor... [continues]
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