The Greatest Game Ever Played (2006) 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…
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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2006)

'GAME' ON Shia LaBeouf has a ball
Image credit: The Greatest Game Ever Played: Jonathan Wenk
'GAME' ON Shia LaBeouf has a ball
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Apr 11, 2006; DVD Release Date: Apr 11, 2006; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Drama; With: Shia LaBeouf and Michael Weaver; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

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.

EXTRAS
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.

Originally posted Apr 07, 2006 Published in issue #872 Apr 14, 2006 Order article reprints