Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema
The Phantom of the Open
Directed by Craig Roberts
$18 / $16 Speed members / Free for Speed Cinephiles
“Very charming and very funny.”—Mark Kermode, Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review
The Phantom of the Open is the heartwarming and unbelievably true story of Maurice Flitcroft, the World’s Worst Golfer. Starring Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins, and Rhys Ifans, Craig Roberts’ film is a celebration of an eternal optimist who never let his sporting inadequacies stand in the way of his dreams.
At the age of 46, happy-go-lucky crane operator, dreamer, and all-around lovable family man Maurice Flitcroft (Rylance) feel it’s time to try his hand at something new. Deciding on a whim that golf is his new calling, the budding sportsman sets his sights on mastering the game. But Maurice is not a man to do things by halves, and in a turn of events that just can’t be made up, he secures a coveted spot in the qualifying round of the 1976 British Open Golf Championship and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process. 2022, U.K., DCP, 106 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Talk Cinema is programmed by the esteemed film critics and film curators Harlan and Susan Jacobson, featuring a sneak preview screening of an art-house film prior to its release followed by a discussion. Be the first to see the latest films and to share your impressions.
Past films have included Spencer, The Worst Person in the World, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, The Two Popes, The Farewell, Moonlight, Shoplifters, The Florida Project, and Lady Bird.