The Greatest Game Ever Played, the story of Francis Ouimet, the caddie who won the 1913 U.S. Open, is one of sports’ great underdog tales. (The modern equivalent would be the Yankees’ batboy hitting a World Series-winning home run). But Bill Paxton’s directing strategy, to film golf like a Western, runs out of steam on the back nine.
Readers of Mark Frost’s 2002 book will appreciate the author’s historical commentary and a 25-minute TV interview with Ouimet from 1963. The modest champ shares still-sharp memories while walking the hallowed Brookline course.