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The Legend of Bagger Vance: Friday November 3, 2000

In Robert Redford's adaptation of Steven Pressfield's novel, about a golfer (Matt Damon) who returns to the sport with some help from a mystical caddy (Will Smith) who guides him through more than just the perfect golf game.2000 DreamWorks SKG


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Ebert UsaToday Mr Showbiz Herald Average
Points 87.5 62.5 48 50 62


62 - Go See At Matinee

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Rating System:

0 - 40 points

Not Worth Seeing
40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"


Robert Redford 


Richard LaGravenese 
Jeremy Leven


$70 Million




Will Smith as Bagger Vance
Matt Damon as Rannulph Junuh
Andrea Powell as Mary Jones
Jack Lemmon as Hardy Greaves
Charlize Theron as Adele Invergordon

Running Time

 2hr 7min


Rated PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
for some sexual content.






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 The People's Review of The Legend of Bagger Vance

michael lucas
score = 90
definitely the best film of this season. an astute adaptation of the road of life. unfortunate that some do not "get the drift" of its purpose. of course, i cannot for the life of me understand how one would cast a vote for a forrest gump sound alike. ebert is right in his thumbs up rating.

score = 80
Very well done, worth seeing.  Actual dialog and character development.  The child actor is a scene stealer.  Excellent photography.  Recommend

score = 90
Great movie!As a Black man I say a dual message in this film. The obvious message was that through divine intervention, one can get his act together. The more subtle message was that by portraying Bagger as a Black caddie in the old south it reminds us that sometimes the greatest treasures reside in areas we have been trained to ignore.

score = None
Great movie.A truly spiritual story taking place in the old south. By portraying Bagger as a Black man in the old south, it reminds us of how sometimes the greatest things on earth can easily reside exactly where we have been trained NOT to look.

score = 80
This movie has the potential of explaining  the Bhagavad-gita to the spiritually challenged American mind but will probably just remain a warm fuzzy feeling. Our youngsters should see it in spite of the PG13.

score = 70
A "beautiful" movie, but a "lightweight fantasy." Really, a 30 year old alcoholic who hasn't played golf in 10 years is going to pull his clubs out of moth balls and compete with Bobby Jones, who is at the top of his game? Should bring tons of Matt Damon fans to the golf course, who will be shocked at how difficult the game is. Damon did admirable job learning the golf swing for this movie. I'm still trying to figure out who - or what - Bagger Vance was. Will Smith was rather good in a different role for him, but would have preferred Morgan Freeman in the role. In response to "Richard," Bagger was the "hero" in this movie, no "Steppin Fetchit." Was he paying attention?

Carrie McNac
score = 100
I thought Legend of Bagger Vance was an exceptional movie.  I truly enjoyed it.  Matt Damon and Will Smith were awnsome.  I actually learned something about the game of golf from this movie.  Everyone in the theater were all sitting on the edge of their seats hoping he would hit the ball in the hole at the end.  It was like watching Tiger Woods play.  The boy who played Hardy was great.

score = 90
An enthralling film. Especially if you have an interest in golf.  The technical golf aspects are done quite well. The story is unbelievable but who cares?  It's fun and makes you think a little. Not quite a family film because of language and sexual content.  But go see it! You'll like it.

score = 10
Just what America needs, another "Yes sur, no sur, Is we sick, sur" movie in the mold of Steppin Fetchit and Morgan Freeman, the modern day Fetchit. I guess Robert Redford and white America may feel that this should somehow be complementary of the negroes. But please as a black man, my perspective and the perspective of many to whom I've spoken, if this is your idea of complementary. Mr. Redford, just make movies about horses.

score = 80
This movie was wonderful and predictable.  The slow natural pace of Savannah and golf sets the tone of the movie, containing a mix of wonderful pointers on the reflection of life.  The cinematography was breathtaking, and Will Smith makes his himself believable taking on a dramatic role from the usual action/comedic roles of the past.  However, it's not for the action hearted viewers with no patience.  This movie is quite long, but very enjoyable.  Sort of reminds me of a long hot summer night in the South.

score = 90

Delores Krebs
score = 90
I felt that this was an excellent movie. It was very well directed and the acting was excellent. I felt as though I were at a real golf tournament and my brother or someone close to me was playing.

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