The Phantom of the Open

2021 United States

Screening: 27th February 2023, 106 minutes

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Maurice Flitcroft was notoriously the “world’s worse golfer” after he decided to enter the 1976 Open Championship by pretending to be a professional. Undeterred after being thrown out, he resorted to disguises to continue his dream. The extraordinary story of an ordinary man.

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So enjoyed this!! This is one of the most cheering and uplifting films I've ever seen! Mark Rylance's performance is exceptional - he was a proper Barrow boy (& I should know, I was born there!). His character was matched by all the strong performances. Atmosphere of 70s & 80s - music & costumes - excellent.
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Heart warming, hilarious. Every golfer rooting for him.
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Excellent British comedy! with a heart
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Great film. Don't do subtitles so more non subtitles. Sound was a bit intermittent.
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Lovely mix of humour & pathos. Great acting! Loved it.
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Perfect film for a society.
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Absolutely brilliant. Loved hearing a room full of laughing people.
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Thoroughly enjoyed. A good choice. Thank you.
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Great acting. Very clever story.
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Great fun - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
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Brilliant. Bit different to the usual. :)
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Made me laugh all through BUT sad also. Needed cheering up!
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Great entertainment. Just shows what one mistake by an office can turn out! Good to hear the audience laughing!
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Funny, entertaining. Such a feel good film. Mark Rylance shows his versatility!
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Absolutely wonderful. How nice to see a True Story that is positive, creative. I am Mr... And very English. Thank you.
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Nicely humorous, uplifting film.
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Excellent entertainment - well acted, strong story - feel good film - more please!
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Fun film & good atmosphere - our 1st visit and we very much enjoyed it!
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Good fun!
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Very funny.
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Absolutely delightful. I will love any film with Mark Rylance in it. Look out for The Outfit and Inland.
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A very British comedy. Highlighting British class system about a very British underdog story.
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Fabulously enjoyable. Hilariously funny at times and poignant because it is a true story.
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What a 'fun' evening! Quite a different role for Mark Rylance! Wonderfully acted by everyone and facial expressions fantastic! Lots of response from the audience - they approved! Well chosen!
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Lovely, warm, funny film.
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Excellent.
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Excellent.
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A little gem.
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Whimsical. Takes you back to the 70's including tank tops!
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Fabulous. Great characters and lots of comedy!
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Excellent, a joy.
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Grand!
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Hole in 1!
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A very enjoyable film - amazing to think it's based on a true story.
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Excellent feel-good film. Just what I needed right now!
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A lovely heart-warming film.
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Excellent. I love Mark Rylance.
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A great heart-warming film. Fun from beginning to end.
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Best laugh in ages. Fantastic fun.
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Funny script. Shot lovely for the era. Really enjoyed the film.
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Really enjoyed it very much. Love to see more!
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Beautifully acted. Nice change to see a comedy.
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Fun and uplifting.
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Fun & big-hearted :)
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Fantastic.
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Extremely enjoyable!
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Very welcoming.
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Nostalgic, laugh out loud film. A very entertaining evening. Mark Rylance was superb. Thank you.
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Brilliant film!
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Brilliant film. Brilliant acting by Mark Rylance. !Estupendo!
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So funny - a true and lively entertainment. What an actor Mark Rylance.
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Really funny! Excellent film.
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Really great - laughed so much.
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Enjoyed the audience reaction!
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Fantastic feel good film - well acted.
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It was great to see how the golfer never gave up his dreams!
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A most enjoyable film in a very miserable world.
4
Twist at the end helped me enjoy a film I wasn't expecting to enjoy. Mark Rylance entranced me.
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I enjoyed it! Sound was difficult at times.
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Liked it, very feel-good and great that it was based on a true story. Mark Rylance is always superb. Bit cheesy in the US bit!
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Great acting by Rylance as usual. Amusing and instructive.
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Most uplifting, a joyous film.
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I wasn't expecting to enjoy it - but I did. Mark Rylance is such a talented actor - you can see his every emotion - I loved the disco dancing boys!
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Excellent fun! Great British amateurs - and true?!
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What a tonic! Excellent choice of film. Thank you.
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So good to laugh!
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Very British. One over par.
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Good film as expected!!
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The clash between pathos and humour ended in a draw. Extraordinary subject to choose.
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Humorous. Always keep trying.
3
Not one of Mark Rylance's best! His teeth irritated. Too long & sugary.
3
It was set in the 70's. It was about golf. Two things not in its favour. Simplistic but it made me smile so it can’t be bad! :)
3
Some jokes but not one of my favourites.
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Not one for me I'm afraid but you cant like everything and it is one of the positives of the Film Society that you get the opportunity to experience films you wouldn't necessarily choose, good or bad. It wasn't bad just not one of Mark Rylance's best but good to see the guffaws from others who were clearly enjoying it.
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Too slow and too many cliches. A shame as there were some good actors. The script was poor and the editing wasn't slick at all.

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