The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 biographical sports film based on the life of 20 year old Francis Ouimet who defeated his idol,1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon. The film is directed by Bill Paxton; Shia LaBeouf plays the role of Ouimet. It is distributed by Walt Disney Studios. The film' screenplay was adapted by Mark Frost from his book, The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf. It was shot in Montreal, Quebec.The film opened at #9 at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend grossing US$3,657,322.Set in 1913, the film is about golfer Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf), an amateur who was expected to fare poorly at the 1913 U.S. Open, and who was supposedly incapable of competing against professionals.
Shia LaBeouf at his finest.
I’ll admit, I am apart of a very small minority who like Shia as an actor. ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’ is a film directed by Bill Paxton and licensed under Disney. You can slot this film in with movies such as: Remember the Titans, Miracle and Glory Road. A game played by the greats and a story inspired by David vs the Goliath. It’s really not inspired by that story, but I tend to think so. One of the very few films Disney has launched that has a plot about underdogs overcoming greatness.
Taken place in 1913, Francis Ouimet (LeBeouf) grew up idolizing Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) and hoped to one day be just like him. As Francis grew older, caddying for amateur golfers for his pay, he was given the opportunity to compete in a preliminary tournament for the US Open. Living on a rural farm, his father was strict on getting a well paying job and supporting the family. Francis, against his fathers rules, refused to abide and instead strived towards his passion of playing in the greatest game ever played. At this point we are drawn in quickly through various match ups and inspiring acts to go along with an amazing score. One thing that I enjoy about Disney’s sports films is their score. Amazing soundtrack to go along with an inspiring film.
If you haven’t seen or even heard of ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’, I highly recommend it. One of my favorite sports movies of all time. Don’t let Shia’s public problems scare you away from this film, he is phenomenal and he fits the role nicely. You will actually be surprised a lot by his performance. Definitely one of the very few films of LaBeouf’s that’s been overlooked.