What’s it about?
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN tells the heartwarming true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. This humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process.
What did we think?
Anthony Sherratt says: PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is a wonderfully sincere film about one of sport’s quirkiest moments. Genuine characters capture your heart and the true-but-almost-unbelievable story tickles your funny bone.
It’s a film lacking any pretension, instead focusing on the human capacity to not only dream but dream big. As such, it’s difficult to find excessive fault with a movie that contains lovely performances and even lovelier messages.
A movie for everyone.