A Few Words About A few words about... The Greatest Game Ever Played

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  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist

    Feb 8, 1999
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    Robert Harris
    I'm not a golfer.

    Not because I don't appreciate the game.

    I've tried it.

    The problem is that I'm an awful golfer.

    I guess it helps to have some interest in the game to watch Disney's The Greatest Game Ever Played, but it shouldn't be required.

    Directed by Bill Paxton, it takes full advantage of modern editing and digital cinema techniques to move the story along at a brisk pace. Paxton's characters run the gamut from likeable to not, but many are beautifully nuanced and layered. In my humble opinion, he does a superb job in his second outing as director.

    This film, like Seabiscuit, is an underdog story, and like Seabiscuit, it is a highly entertaining work that holds your attention from beginning to end. The transfer, if it is a transfer, looks fine, and is something that I'd be interested in seeing in HD in near future. What Mr. Paxton does in the photography of golf balls as they traverse the green has never been seen before. I'm caused to think of the missing sequence from Gance's Napoleon, in which the viewers becomes a projectile from a rifle as it makes it way toward an crowd of people about to be executed.

    Mr. Paxton's heroic tale of the 1913 U.S. Open, comes with a healthy recommendation. Released in September of 2005, and very well reviewed, it didn't receive the public response that it should. I'm thrilled to see it on home video and hope that it finds a larger audience here. All of those involved deserve it.

  2. Yumbo

    Yumbo Cinematographer

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  3. PatrickDA

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    This was one of my '05 Best Picture nominees and a truly great piece of filmmaking.
    I wasn't a huge fan of Mr. Paxton's first film, however, I feel he's going to
    become a fine filmmaker if he continues on with his career. This film is a solid
    showcase for the class structures of both the U.S. and England circa the late
    1800's and early 1900's. Some of these social class issues are still a problem
    to this very day. 20-year old Francis Quimet winning the the 1913 U.S. Open
    is one of the greatest moments in sports history and this film shows respect
    for that event. Although, in actual fact Quimet beat Vardon by five strokes
    in the playoff. I felt the opening credits were fantastic as well as the
    photography throughout. The performances were nearly note perfect, esp.
    the always solid Stephen Dillane. This film will join 'Cinderella Man' and 'The
    World's Fastest Indian' as 2005's triumvirate of "Don't ever give up on your
    dreams" movies. President Clinton and President Bush (41) wrote Mr. Paxton
    personal letters after they saw the film...who needs box office or critical
    approval after that! BUY this movie, NOW!

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