The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played

Bill Paxton (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Given the dark nature of Bill Paxton's excellent directorial debut Frailty (2001) and the fact that Mark Frost co-wrote the TV series Twin Peaks, this is a depressingly bland collaboration. Written by Frost from his own non-fiction book, the film examines a key moment in the history of American golf. In 1913, a working-class youngster, Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf), competed against British great Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) who, along with other English professionals, had dominated the game for years. Although Paxton and Frost sidestep the more obvious "plucky Yanks, nasty Brits" clichés, some of the supporting characters are little more than caricatures (notably Peter Firth's blimpish Lord Northcliffe), and the fact that both Ouimet and Vardon were regarded as outsiders by their respective establishments is never really explored.


A single-minded American golfer's determination helps him to overcome the sport's class prejudice against his working-class background and his father's cynicism for the chance to test his skills against his idol in the 1913 US Open. Fact-based drama directed by Bill Paxton, starring Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Elias Koteas and Josh Flitter.

Cast & Crew

Francis Ouimet Shia LaBeouf
Harry Vardon Stephen Dillane
Arthur Ouimet Elias Koteas
Eddie Lowery Josh Flitter
Sarah Wallis Peyton List
Mary Ouimet Marnie McPhail
Ted Ray Stephen Marcus
Lord Northcliffe Peter Firth
Director Bill Paxton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: DVD