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The Greatest Game Ever Played DVD Review

Shia LaBeouf plays young golf protege Francis Ouimet in The Greatest Game Ever Played.
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Based on the real-life victory by amateur golfer Francis Ouimet, The Greatest Game Ever Played is one of the latest Disney movies to hit DVD. Find out what Kidzworld has to say about it!

The Greatest Game Ever Played - Disney Dude

The former star of Disney Channel's Even Stevens, Shia LaBeouf, stars in another Disney project by portraying Francis Ouimet in The Greatest Game Ever Played. Francis was the son of a working-class family, and made money growing up by working as a caddie at the local country club's golf course. He fell in love with the game, despite being forbidden from playing on the course (only wealthy members had that priviledge). But, that didn't stop Francis from perfecting his game. He would practice his swing in his back yard, stay up late and putt into cups in his bedroom and of course hang out at the local golf shop whenever he could!

The Greatest Game Ever Played - Fight For Your Right to... Golf?

Despite the challenges that faced him, Francis Ouimet wasn't about to let society tell him he couldn't play golf. So, when a country club member proposed that he play in an upcoming tournament, Francis jumped at the chance. He had to come up with $50 to enter, so he struck a deal with his hard-nosed dad. His dad would lend him the money only if he promised to give up golf forever if he lost. Francis agreed and set out to win! Unfortunately, luck was not on Francis' side and he lost. So, he made good on his promise and gave up golf.

The Greatest Game Ever Played - US Open

Obviously the movie couldn't end like that! What kind of Disney movie would that be? Even though Francis gets away from the world of golf for a while, a guy with his kind of talent couldn't sit on the sidelines forever. A year after that first tournament Francis was approached to enter the US Open and how could he say no? Things get tense with him and his dad, but that doesn't stop him from giving it his all. Think a kid from the wrong side of the tracks can make his dreams come true?

The Greatest Game Ever Played - DVD Features

Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Greatest Game Ever Played being filmed with the View From the Gallery featurette and learn more about the famous Francis Ouimet with the From Caddy to Champion featurette. There's also commentary from both director, Bill Paxton, and writer, Mark Frost. There's also a feature about the game of golf that all fans of the game will want to check out.

The Greatest Game Ever Played - Bottom Line
Golf isn't the most riveting of sports but The Greatest Game Ever Played will certainly have you on the edge of your seat. Shia LaBeouf is awesome in this role - really making Francis Ouimet a guy that you wanna root for. It's a little sad at parts, but Francis' comic caddie sidekick brings lots of laughs as well. An all around feel-good movie that everyone can enjoy!

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