Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
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Based on the inspirational true story of one of sport's greatest legends.

Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., aka "Bobby Jones" (James Caviezel) rises from complete obscurity to become a golfing legend. Jones overcomes his own fierce temper, intense passion, and perfectionist tendencies to master the game and win the Grand Slam, the U.S., British, and Amateur Opens in golf, a feat unequaled even today. But it is Jones's style, personality, and character that separate him from the other professionals in his field. When Jones realizes that his unparalleled success may be destroying those he loves he's presented with an astounding proposition, one that shocks the world.

Anyone who's ever been passionate about golf will find something to admire in Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, a staidly reverent biopic about one of the game's greatest champions. In the title role, Jim Caviezel suffers almost as much as he did in The Passion of the Christ, portraying Jones--who made history by winning golf's elusive Grand Slam (four top tournaments in less than four months) in 1930--as a passionately committed golfer who silently endured chronic pain (a spinal disorder prompted his early retirement at age 28), stomach ailments, emotional torment, and borderline alcoholism while maintaining amateur status in the sport he so magnificently dominated. Jeremy Northam brings levity and rakish style as Jones' friend and rival golfer Walter Hagen, and Malcolm McDowell adds colorful character as Jones' friend and biographer O.B. Keeler while Claire Forlani suffers the typical biopic plight of the hero's wife, who offers compassionate empathy while wishing Jones had more time for family. With repetitive golf scenes and a somber tone of martyrdom. Director Rowdy (Road House) Herrington is clearly enamored of his subject, and that enthusiasm shines through the gloom.

Rated PG for some strong language.


Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Details:

MPAA Rating: PG
Format: DVD Region 1 - Widescreen  What's a Region Code?
Closed Captions: Yes
Languages: Audio: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Thai
Product Release Date:
Length/Run Time: 129 minutes
Produced By: Kim Dawson
Directed By: Rowdy Herrington
UPC/ISBN Number: 043396085107
Public Performance Rights: N/A

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Latest Reviews for Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

3 of 5 Stars! Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius - DVDMichelle G, 09/07/2015
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1 of 5 Stars! Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius - DVDPam H, 05/25/2009
I would not recommend this movie. It has nothing to do with God and the language is terrible.
3 of 5 Stars! Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius - DVDDarlene S, 12/07/2008
A very good and entertaining documentary about Bobby Jones, golf, and the country of its origin. However, I didn't like the frequent scenes showing the characters drinking alcohol. I couldn't give it a higher rating because of that.
4 of 5 Stars! Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius - DVDJacqueline A, 12/01/2008
My husband is a former golfer. We both enjoyed the film.
1 of 5 Stars! Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius - DVDChristopher O, 02/23/2008
For anyone who has seen Adam Sandler's "Happy Gilmore" (that should cut the audience in half) and liked it (cutting down a little more) but thought, "This would be great if it was a 1930's melodrama" (echo echo echo)…for that ONE person... THIS is the movie for you!

For everyone else, I know a lot of people like golf but, it’s boring to watch and a movie about it, with characters you don’t care about... not fun

Is It Good For Kids?

Bobby supposedly has a heart of gold, but he has a bad bad temper. He cusses a lot and throws things. He stops his tantrums only because they threaten to kick him off the golf tour. This doesn’t result in him becoming a better person, but does cause him a bunch of medical problems from "holding it all in," so he drinks, a lot.

He does press on toward his goals, but he does so obsessively, not because of any true passion for them.

This is not the kind of guy you want your kids to emulate.

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How about Spiritual Issues?

Bobby’s grandfather is a Christian, but his faith results only in a set of simple, legalistic rules (the big one being that you should not play golf on the Sabbath). To make it even more pathetic, this "moral" is thrown out the window once he realizes that his grandson is just a super golf player.

Furthermore, it is ironic that this film has been marketed toward Christians. The tag line is, "His passion made him a legend" in an attempt to tie this film to Jim Caviezel's last role as "Jesus" for Mel. There were also a lot of Christian movie people involved. Still the only glimpse of Christianity is merely as a list of unrealistic world rules that you have to "get over".

What Is Your Recommendation?

It's dumb, boring, and insulting to Christians..... take a nap instead!

(My friend Greg fell asleep at the end. I was so jealous.)
2 of 5 Stars! Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius - DVDVivek N, 02/14/2006
Not recommended. This movie does not have anything to do with God. Also, it does have a lot of abusive language.
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