->''"Inside each an' every one of us is one true authentic swing, somethin' we was born with, somethin' that's ours and ours alone, somethin' that can't be taught or learned, somethin' that got to be remembered."''
-->--'''Bagger Vance'''

''The Legend of Bagger Vance'' is a 2000 film, directed by Creator/RobertRedford, and starring Creator/WillSmith, Creator/MattDamon, and Creator/CharlizeTheron, about a golf match in the 1930s and one golfer's struggle to overcome his past.

In 1931 a major golf tournament is scheduled in the town of Savannah, Georgia, between the greatest golfers of the day: Bobby Jones (Joel Gretsch), Walter Hagen (Bruce [=McGill=]), and Rannulf Junuh (Damon). While Jones and Hagen are both at the top of their game, Junuh has many unresolved issues that hinder his performance. With the help of his caddy Bagger Vance (Smith), former girlfriend Adele Invergordon (Theron), and young Hardy Greaves (J. Michael Moncrief), Junuh must overcome his demons and find his swing if he is to have a chance of winning the tournament.

* AngelUnaware: Bagger.
* BackhandedApology: After Junuh's dismal performance in the first round, Adelle finds him and apologizes for humiliating him, then turns around and says it's not her fault, he's the one to blame.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bagger, again.
* {{Determinator}}: To keep from having to sell Crew Island, Adelle goes and finds Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen and convinces them to play in her tournament. She's very polite, and a little sneaky, but it's clear she won't take "no" for an answer.
* DownToTheLastPlay: [[spoiler: On the last hole, Junuh has one chance to sink his putt or he'll lose to Jones and Hagen.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Adelle's father shoots himself after opening day of Crew Island, thanks to the Great Depression robbing him of almost all potential visitors, and having no money left to his name.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based on a 1995 novel by Steven Pressfield.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator / NostalgicNarrator: The now-elderly Hardy Greaves. This was the last film role for Creator/JackLemmon, who narrates in voiceover and also has an onscreen cameo at the end.
* {{Flashback}}: The entire movie is Hardy remembering it as an old man.
* TheGreatDepression
* JerkJock: Hagen definitely plays the part, especially when Junuh [[spoiler:catches up strongly after the second round.]]
* MagicalNegro: Bagger Vance, of course. This point was the cause for a lot of critics to lambaste the film on grounds of being racially insensitive.
** Actually makes sense in context, as Krishna is often depicted as Black.
* MeditationPowerup: How Bagger helps Junuh.
* RedemptionQuest: For Junuh.
* SceneryPorn: There are quite a few sweeping shots of picturesque greens and courses.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Junuh carries a lot of baggage from his wartime experiences.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[spoiler:Played with. Junuh makes his putt; the other two don't, which ends the tournament in a three-way tie - an outcome ''everyone'' is perfectly happy with.]]
* WarIsHell: Junuh discovers this the hard way [[spoiler:when his entire unit is killed, save for him.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Junuh takes an extra stroke noted [[spoiler: after his ball moves a smidgen but no one but him, Hagen and Bagger sees it]].
* WholePlotReference: American audiences might not immediately realize it, but the entire story is based on the ''Bhagavad Gita'', part of the Literature/{{Mahabharata}}. Just as Krishna helps Arjuna understand his place in the universe in the ''Bhagavad Gita'', so too does Bagger Vance help Junuh find peace in the film. The name Rannulf Junuh (R. Junuh) is a reference to Arjuna, while the name Bagger Vance sounds similar to ''bhagavan'', an epithet of Krishna.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: The war Junuh went off to fight in.
* WorthyOpponent: Jones, before the last round, tells Junuh he's playing his last 18 holes, and names Junuh an opponent he's proud to be playing with. Neither give the slightest ground, though, when the game's on.