The story is based on a real-life event--the 1913 U.S. Open golf championship--at which two equally sympathetic young men, both of whom grew up economically and socially disadvantaged, go club to club in one of the most exciting and dramatic athletic events of the early 20th century.
The film focuses on the competition between the British star Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) and the young American prodigy Francis Ouimet (HOLES star Shia LaBoeuf). Though they hail from opposite sides of the Atlantic, the struggles that the two young golfers have had to overcome are markedly similar
both grew up in hard-scrabble, working-class homes that happened to be adjacent to golf courses, and both were preternaturally disposed to the game.
A View From The Gallery: On Set Of The Greatest Game Ever Played
Two Legends And The Greatest Game - featurette on Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon
Film audio commentaries with director Bill Paxton and writer Mark Frost
From Caddy To Champion: Francis Ouimet - Historical interviewfrom 1963.
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