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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia where a white war hero is competing for the championship with the help of his black caddie, Bagger Vance, who possesses the secret of the perfect swing.

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Matt Damon
as Rannulph
Will Smith
as Bagger Vance
Lane Smith
as Grantland
Peter Gerety
as Neskaloosa
Michael O'Neill
as O.B. Keeler
Danny Nelson
as McManus
Bob Penny
as Laidlaw
Michael McCarty
as Delahunty
Carrie Preston
as Idalyn Greaves
Turner Green
as Eugene James
Blake King
as Wilbur Charles
Andrea Powell
as Mary Jones
John Bennes
as Citizen
Shane Brown
as Citizen
Leon Lamar
as Card Player
Cory Carbaugh
as Card Player
Charles Seabrook
as Card Player
Bilaal Salaam
as Card Player
Charles Ward
as Man No. 1
George Green
as Man No. 2
Julie Jones
as Woman No. 1
Valanie Lang
as Girl No. 1
Bernard Hocke
as News Photographer
Dan Beene
as Willy
Sonny Seiler
as Sonny the Boarder
Joseph Reidy
as Photographer
Tannis Stoops
as Anna Mae
Erika Mounts
as Hagen Girl
Neil Gonzaga
as Bar Patron
Ronald Steppe
as Bar Patron
Hugh Baggett
as Bar Patron
Jabulani Brown
as Jones' Caddy
Vijay Patel
as Hagen's Caddy
Jack Lemmon
as Old Hardy Greaves
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Bagger Vance

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (40)

The real sparks are between Damon and the mischievously enigmatic Smith, who dispenses wisdom like a cross between Krishnamurti and Uncle Remus.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some people will find it simplistic and cliched.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Another lusciously produced, emotionally clammy Redford enterprise -- forced, phony mythmaking filled with tinged sunsets and full moons.

May 21, 2001

Pretentious piffle.

April 16, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It handles a sports movie the way Billie Holiday handled a trashy song, by finding the love and pain beneath the story.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A good story, lovingly told, and beautiful to watch.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5
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Audience Reviews for The Legend of Bagger Vance

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


completely absurd, but a guilty pleasure of mine. smith and damon played off of each other so well and theron has never been sexier in a film, really a silly but fun movie.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

Extremely bland even for it being a golf movie. The acting was just average, no one gave a standout performance. Robert Redford really tried here, but it just didn't pan out. There just wasn't a strong enough story to carry a movie. It's also incredibly corny at times.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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