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The Legend of Bagger Vance Details


Robert Redford directed this adaptation of a novel by Steven Pressfield that uses golf as a metaphor for one man's spiritual and philosophical journeys. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) was a gifted amateur golfer from Savannah, GA, until traumatic experiences during World War I shattered his confidence and sent him into a spiral of alcoholism. In 1931, Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron), a beautiful heiress who once loved Junuh, inherits a spectacular but financially ailing golf course after the suicide of her father. To attract customers, she proposed a high-stakes match between the two most famous golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (Joel Gretsch) and Walter Hagen (Bruce McGill). Local businessmen sponsoring the match insist that a local golfer be added to the card, and Junuh is drafted for the position, but it soon becomes obvious that his game is just a shadow of its former glory. When things seem hopeless, a mysterious gentleman named Bagger Vance (Will Smith) volunteers to serve as Junuh's caddy and coach, using a mixture of ancient wisdom and past-life knowledge to help Junah "remember" the swing he's lost. Jack Lemmon narrates the story, and J. Michael Moncrief plays Lemmon's character as a boy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 29, 2000


Will Smith
as Bagger Vance
Matt Damon
as Rannulph Junuh
Charlize Theron
as Adele Invergordon
Bruce McGill
as Walter Hagen
Joel Gretsch
as Bobby Jones
Lane Smith
as Grantland Rice
Harve Presnell
as John Invergordon
Peter Gerety
as Neskaloosa
Michael O'Neill
as O.B. Keeler
Thomas Jay Ryan
as Spec Hammond
Jack Lemmon
as Old Hardy Greaves
Jack Lemmon
as Narrator


Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Michael Nozik
Jake Eberts
Steven Pressfield
Book Author
Jeremy Leven
Michael Ballhaus
John Bissell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Hank Corwin
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
W. Steven Graham
Supervising Art Director
Angelo P. Graham
Art Director
Chris Brigham
Joseph P. Reidy
Karen Tenkhoff
Executive Producer
Adam Scher
Set Designer
Thomas Minton
Set Designer
Jack Ballance
Set Designer
Julia Starr Sanford
Set Designer
Jim Erickson
Set Designer
Michael Seirton
Set Designer
Geoffrey S. Grimsman
Set Designer
Michael Seirton
Set Decorator
Jim Erickson
Set Decorator
Judianna Makovsky
Costume Designer
Peter Kurland
Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph P. Reidy
First Assistant Director
Debra Zane
Gary Rydstrom
Supervising Sound Editor
Richard Hymns
Supervising Sound Editor
Richard Chuang
Visual Effects Supervisor