Cameras in the Kingdom
Can a Famous, Mystical Golf Book Come to Life on Screen?
by John Paul Newport
A couple of weeks ago this column looked at Hollywood’s struggle to make big, commercially successful golf movies. Many readers wrote in declaring their affection for several films I didn’t mention, in particular “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” about Francis Ouimet’s implausible victory at the 1913 U.S. Open. I agree: this was a fine golf movie, based on Mark Frost’s even better book of the same name. But sadly the film’s appeal didn’t seem to extend much beyond members of the golf tribe. It grossed just $15 million at the domestic box office—not much more than the $12 million pulled in by “Caddyshack II,” possibly the worst sequel to any movie in any genre ever made. “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius,” another movie that many Golf Journal readers said they liked, sold only $2.7 million in tickets at U.S. theaters. Read full article »