Golf movies come in all shapes and sizes. Steamy 80s comedies (“Caddyshack”). Uplifting stories about the human spirit (“The Legend of Bagger Vance”). Kevin Costner’s vehicles (“Tin Cup”) and the story of a guy who once tried to take his skateboard off and stab someone with it (“Happy Gilmore”).
Rarely, however, have we seen a shape or size like Sony Pictures Classic’s whimsical new comedy-drama, “The Phantom of the Open,” which tells the fairly true story of Maurice Flitcroft, aka The Man Who Once Conned The Open. If watching the R&A lather up is your idea of a good time, check out the exclusive world premiere of the new trailer below.
Starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance and recently acclaimed Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins for ‘The Shape of Water’ as the Flitcrofts, ‘The Phantom of the Open’ follows the hardworking shipyard unemployed in his quest to play in the 1976 British Open despite having never bought a golf club before. Entering an Open qualifying tournament, Flitcroft pulls off the worst trick in Open history, angering organizers who ban him for life. If one (very, very) bad game kept everyone from playing golf, however, golf would cease to exist, and so that’s just the beginning of Flitcroft’s story.
Adapted from Simon Farnaby’s book with the slightly longer name, “The Phantom of the Open” hits theaters on June 3 in the United States. Love it or leave it, at the very least, you’ll feel better about your own game.