The Phantom of the Open
The Phantom of the Open

The Phantom of the Open

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The Phantom of the Open

Directed by: Craig Roberts

UK, 2021, 102m

Maurice Flitcroft is not a familiar name, even for those devoted to the PGA tour. Golf in Florida is a way of life, but while the endlessly fine days of the Sunshine State might make it a mecca for golf lovers, the sport was born in the UK. Golf is a game of skill and a little bit of luck, and because of that, even the worst golfer (with a lot of luck) can have a good day or two on the links. Unless you’re Maurice Flitcroft, who 45 years ago, was named the “world’s worst golfer” after he managed to obtain a place in the 1976 British Open, where he scored a (not bad in my book) 121 for 18 holes. Naturally that made him a household name across the pond. Academy Award® winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) stars as Flitcroft with a mischievous, boyish twinkle of madness in his eyes. Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) is his supportive and somewhat clueless wife Jean, and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) rounds out the cast as a put-upon and none-too-jolly gamekeeper who has had just about enough of Flitcroft’s antics. With a sweet and silly script from Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2) and a wealth of good cheer and generosity of spirit, you’d be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable film about golf.

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