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Genre  Biography, Drama, Romance
Budget  17 million USD
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Director  Rowdy Herrington
Initial DVD release  November 30, 2004
Language  English
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Release date  April 30, 2004 (2004-04-30)
Writer  Rowdy Herrington (story), Kim Dawson (story), Rowdy Herrington (screenplay), Bill Pryor (screenplay), Tony De Paul (screenplay)
Cast  Jim Caviezel (Bobby Jones), Claire Forlani (Mary Malone Jones), Jeremy Northam (Walter Hagen), Devon Gearhart (Little Bobby (6 / 8))
Similar movies  Southpaw, Varsity Blues, Foxcatcher, Million Dollar Arm, Cars, The Boy Next Door

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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius is a 2004 biographical drama film based on the life of Bobby Jones, the only player in the sport to win all four of the men's major golf championships in a single season (1930, an era when the majors were The Amateur Championship in Britain, the U.S. Amateur, The Open Championship and the U.S. Open). The film was the first motion picture concerning the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews that was given permission to film on location.


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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius movie scenes

In 1936, golfer Bobby Jones travels to Scotland to visit the Old Course at St. Andrews. Anxious about his reception, he is warmly welcomed by many spectators.

Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius movie scenes

The scene changes to Atlanta, Georgia, where Jones, a young boy, observes his father "Colonel" Jones playing golf, poorly. The more young Bobby watches, the more he emulates the better players he sees, such as Stewart Maiden, a club professional originally from Scotland. By the time he is 14, Bobby is good enough to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur tournament.

Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius movie scenes

As sportswriters of the era such as O.B. Keeler and Grantland Rice take a keen interest in him, Bobby wins the state amateur championship at 16 and the U.S. Open itself at 18, even defeating the greatest golfer of that time, the colorful Walter Hagen. He also attends Georgia Tech, where he receives a diploma and meets Mary Malone, whom he ultimately marries.

Bobby has a hot temper that affects his game and reputation. His first time at St. Andrews, in 1921, Bobby walks off the course after 11 holes of the third round, expressing his dislike for the course. His idol Harry Vardon, who would win The Open Championship six times during his career, cautions Bobby never to quit, particularly at St. Andrews, which he considers the greatest golf course of all.

Before long, Bobby is a great success, winning four major tournaments in one year. But by 1930, he has lost interest in playing golf. He becomes a lawyer instead and retires from the sport at age 28. Bobby continues to influence the game in other ways, however, designing courses, also becoming one of the founders of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.


  • Jim Caviezel – Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr.
  • Devon Gearhart – young Bobby
  • Bubba Lewis – teenage Bobby
  • Claire Forlani – Mary Malone Jones
  • Jeremy Northam – Walter Hagen
  • Malcolm McDowell – O.B. Keeler
  • Aidan Quinn – Harry Vardon
  • Brett Rice – Big Bob Jones
  • Connie Ray – Clara Jones
  • Dan Albright – Grandfather Jones
  • Paul Freeman – Angus
  • Alistair Begg – Stewart Maiden
  • Hilton McRae – Jimmy Maiden
  • Elizabeth Omilami – Camilla
  • Brian F. Durkin – Perry Adair
  • John Shepherd – Bob Woodruff
  • Happy Lashelle – Nell Woodruff
  • Allen O'Reilly – Grantland Rice
  • Robert Pralgo – Reporter
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald – Megaphone Golf Official
  • Ian Birse – The Monobrow
  • Production

    The film was shot in multiple locations, including Southern California, Georgia: Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA, East Lake Golf Club, Castleberry Hill, Covington, Griffin; and Scotland and St. Andrews, Fife.

    Box office performance

    The film was a commercial failure, with an opening weekend gross of $1.2 million and $2,707,913 overall, against a production cost of $20 million.

    Critical response

    The film received negative reviews with a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has a 45/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews".


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