The Legend of Bagger Vance

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Robert Redford (2000)

PG Certificate


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In this 1930s-set sports drama from director Robert Redford, Will Smith plays golfing guru Bagger Vance and transcends his blockbuster image with a performance of real tenderness and integrity. With her late father's resort facing ruin, Adele (Charlize Theron) launches a big-name golf tournament in Savannah. Lining up against golfing legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen is local boy Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), an emotionally scarred First World War veteran. Rannulph has taken to the bottle, and is struggling to regain control of his swing and his life, until caddy Vance provides the healing touch. Tiger Woods might take issue with the idea that "golf is a game that can't be won, only played", but in the context of this old-fashioned tale of love and redemption it rings true.


The owner of an ailing golf club aims to raise money by drafting in a former golfing great and holding a high-stakes game. Unfortunately, the player soon realises his form is not what it was - but a mysterious caddy is on hand to dispense words of wisdom and common sense. Robert Redford's drama, starring Matt Damon, Will Smith and Charlize Theron.

Cast & Crew

Bagger Vance Will Smith
Rannulph Junuh Matt Damon
Adele Invergordon Charlize Theron
Walter Hagen Bruce McGill
Bobby Jones Joel Gretsch
Hardy Greaves J Michael Moncrief
Neskaloosa Peter Gerety
Grantland Rice Lane Smith
Old Hardy Greaves Jack Lemmon
Director Robert Redford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 23 Feb 2001