Legend Of Bagger Vance, The (DVD)
Robert Redford directed this adaptation of a novel by Steven Pressfield that uses golf as a metaphor for one man's spiritual and phi losophical journeys. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) was a gifted amateur golfer from S avannah, GA, until traumatic experiences during W orld War I shattered h is confidence and sent him into a spiral of alcoholism. In 1931, Adele I nvergordon (Charlize Theron), a beauti ful heiress who once loved Junuh, inherits a spectacular but financially ailing golf course after the sui cide of her father. To attr act customers, she proposed a high-stakes ma tch between the two most famous golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (Joel Gr etsch) and Walte r Hagen (Bruce McGill). Local businessmen sponsoring th e match insist that a local golfer be added to the card, and Junuh is dr afted for the position, but it soon becomes obvious that his game is ju st a shadow of its former glory. When things seem hopeless, a myst eriou s gentleman named Bagger Vance (Will Smith) volunteers to serve as Junuh 's caddy and coach, using a mixture of ancient wisdom a nd past-life kno wledge to help Junah "remember" the swing he's lost. Jack Lemmon narrate s the story, and J. Michael Moncrief plays L emmon's character as a boy.