The Legend of Bagger Vance
The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American film directed by Robert Redford. It is based on the same-titled 1995 book by Steven Pressfield and takes place in the US state of Georgia in 1931. This was Jack Lemmon's final film before his death in 2001.
- Don't worry about hitting the ball or where it goes, just swing the club, feel the club.
- I hear you lost your swing. I guess we got to go find it.
- Yeah, I always felt a man's grip on his club just like a man's grip on his world...
- Yep... Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing... Something we was born with... Something that's ours and ours alone... Something that can't be taught to you or learned... Something that got to be remembered... Over time the world can, rob us of that swing... It get buried inside us under all our would haves and could haves and should haves... Some folk even forget what their swing was like...
- I heard my dad say that you won every golf tournament there ever was in the South and how you hit a drive so long that they made you stop playing for 20 minutes just to measure it for a record... and how you used to swing righty, but you were in the woods once by this tree so there was no room to swing righty... so you borrowed somebody's lefty club and hit the ball six inches from the hole...
- Confused, broken... and unable to face a return to a hero's welcome... Junuh just disappeared... Hoping to forget... and to be forgotten...
- Your daddy is out sweeping streets because he took every last dime he had, and used it to pay up every man and woman he owed and every business who worked for him, instead of declaring bankruptcy like everyone else in town, including your best friend Wilbur Charles' dad, Raymond, which is why he's able to sit around all day long on his dignity! Your daddy stared adversity in the eye, Hardy. And he beat it back with a broom.
- Rannulph: What were you doing? I could have killed you out there.
- Bagger: Oh no sir, see I set myself directly in front of ya. Judgin' how you were hittin' them balls that's where I figure I'd be out of harms way.
- Bagger: See, the trick is... to find your swing.
- Rannulph: What'd you say?
- Bagger: Well, you lost your swing. We got to go find it. Now it's somewhere... in the harmony... of all that is... All that was... All that will be...
- Bagger: You wanna quit, Mr. Junuh? You know you can just go ahead and creep off somewhere I'll tell folk you took sick. Truth be told, ain't nobody gonna really object. In fact, they'd probably be happy as bugs in a bake shop to see you pack up and go home.
- Rannulph: You know I can't quit.
- Bagger: I know. Just makin' sure you know it, too.
- Rannulph: I lost my swing, Adele...
- Adele: Really? Where'd it go?
- Bagger: Don't make no sense is all. Man say he don't play golf when he out here this shade of night hitting balls off in the dark where he can't even see them.
- Rannulph: Yep... Well, I've done things that have made less sense.
- Bagger: As we all have.
- Hagen: Hey, I admire the way you're dealing with this match, Junuh. Fighting the way you are. It's damn noble. But no matter how good a fighter you are, just remember, I can ask they King to gold the flag for me when I putt, but he's not going to give me his crown, neither is Bobby and neither am I.
- Rannulph: I'm not asking for your crown, Walter. If I wanted it badly enough, I'd just take it.
- Rannulph: Now, the question on the table is how drunk is drunk enough? And the answer is that it's all a matter of brain cells
- Hardy: Brain cells?
- Rannulph: That's right, Hardy. You see every drink of liquor you take kills a thousand brain cells. Now that doesn't much matter 'cos we got billions more. And first the sadness cells die so you smile real big. And then the quiet cells go so you just say everything real loud for no reason at all. That's okay, that's okay because the stupid cells go next, so everything you say is real smart. And finally, come the memory cells. These are tough sons of bitches to kill.
- Rannulph: This is getting embarrassing.
- Bagger: Oh no sir, this has been embarrassing for quite some time.