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The Legend Of Bagger Vance

Fri 30 January 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I don’t play golf (not yet anyway), but my favourite sports-related movie is The Legend of Bagger Vance (no, not Escape To Victory), which, on the face of it, is about golf.

It stars Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron, and I watched it when it first came out at the cinema in 2000 or 2001. The importance of getting the mind and focus right in order to perform well in any activity, especially sport, struck a chord. However,

The film gained some positive reviews, and Will Smith’s performance was largely applauded, but the film was a box office bomb, taking only $38,000,000 in ticket sales, a large loss on a budget of $60,000,000.

No, I don’t watch many movies either. 🙂

It was only later that I learnt that the book on which the movie was based was itself inspired by the Bhagavad Gita.

The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 film directed by Robert Redford, based on the same-titled 1995 book by Steven Pressfield. The story takes place in the US state of Georgia in 1931. The explicit parallels between Pressfield’s novel and the Bhagavad Gita are brought out in a book called Gita on the Green: The Mystical Tradition Behind Bagger Vance (Continuum, 2000)

I should get the last-mentioned book.

I found a trailer and review of the movie on Youtube:

While I’m at it, here’s an excerpt of “Escape To Victory” as well!

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  1. Andy M
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 3:31 pm

    funny how golf movies don’t do very well! I liked the Bobby Jones movie a stroke of genius but that flopped as well. Jiv you should try golf it’s the best game in the world 🙂

  2. rajiv
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I’ll get round to golf one day Andy. 🙂

    Does any sports movie really do well? They often suffer an identity crisis – sport as a metaphor for battle, as a metaphor for life. But that’s life.

    I’ve added a trailer of the movie from Youtube on the post above.

    Of course, you can have more banal sports movies. While I was at it, I added an excerpt from “Escape To Victory” – featuring Sylvester Stallone, Russell Osman, Bobby Moore, Pele, Osvaldo Ardiles etc. Lots of gratuitous sliding tackles in that one!

  3. Andy M
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Don’t leave it to late, it’s a hard game to master once you get old and seize up!

  4. rajiv
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I’m already seizing up!

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