The Phantom of the Open


Comedy / Drama / Sport

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 91%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 1497

based on novel or book biography based on true story sports 1970s

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Uploaded by: FREEMAN
July 08, 2022 at 06:46 AM


Top cast

Mark Rylance as Maurice Flitcroft
Rhys Ifans as Keith Mackenzie
Sally Hawkins as Jean Flitcroft
Johann Myers as Willie
976.89 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 46 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bob-the-movie-man 10 / 10

"Flippin' Heck". This 5* comedy is well above par.

This film gets a full UK release on March 18th. And let me tell you, you should really put a note - "Go to Cinema" - in your diary right now! What a wonderful feelgood film this really is.


  • What a treat March has delivered in terms of quirky feelgood British comedies! There are marked similarities between this movie and "The Duke" released a few weeks ago. 1) Both are based on totally bonkers true stories; 2) Both feature totally lovable and charismatic actors. Broadbent was kindly and twinkly in "The Duke". Here Mark Rylance sends the twinkleometer right off the chart! He's proved that he can do brilliant dead-pan comedy in "Don't Look Up". But after this one there is nothing much left in the world's charisma bank. 3) Both have stonking performances from the lady playing "'er indoors". The roles of Helen Mirren and Sally Hawkins are similar but differently performed. And both are tone perfect. You can feel the utter love between Mr and Mrs Flitcroft: soulmates for life.

  • The script is by Simon Farnaby, who I know best as an actor (he pops up in a cameo as a pro golfer in the movie). But he also has a range of great film scripts in his CV, most notably the beloved "Paddington 2". This shares some of the quirky humour of that movie, while also leaning on the fantasy elements of films like "Moulin Rouge" and (particularly) "Eddie the Eagle". It works brilliantly. The British love a trier, especially a trier who is a complete loser. I found parallels between Maurice's battle against the snooty Open Championship officials, here led by Keith Mackenzie (Rhys Ifans), and Eddie's battle against the Olympic snob Dustin Target, played by Tim McInnerny.

  • The score by the wonderful Isobel Waller-Bridge fits just perfectly and is an utter delight. I hope the soundtrack gets released.

  • Man.... a proper critic should surely come up with something here! But I really found nothing not to love about this movie. I can't wait to watch it again.

Summary Thoughts on "The Phantom of the Open": Anyone who follows my One Mann's Movies blog will know that I don't chuck out 5* ratings willy-nilly. But I really think that this one might build to the lofty status of "feelgood British classic" with relative ease, joining the likes of "Four Weddings and a Funeral"; "Notting Hill" and "Paddington 2" as a movie you can reach for when life is getting you down and you need a morale boost.

With all the terrible footage from Ukraine continuing to flood our news, I'd strongly suggest you take advantage of 100 minutes of mental relief when this one opens on March 18th.

(For the full graphical review, please check out One Mann's Movies on the web or Facebook. Thanks).

Reviewed by r96sk 8 / 10

A very sweet film

Much more heartfelt than expected - pleasingly so!

'The Phantom of the Open' is a very sweet film, with Mark Rylance being the absolutely perfect lead for it - great performance from him! I also enjoyed the humour, with many lines amusing me - including one that was lost in translation...

It's a great (based on a true) story, one I had somehow never heard of even as a sports (golf much less so, admittedly) fan; I did slightly recognise the name Maurice Flitcroft though. Even if you don't follow golf, it definitely works as a standalone thing and it doesn't heavily focus on the sport anyway; much more to it.

Pretty neat to see Craig Roberts direct (his third, but first I've seen) this - I remember watching him act in TV's 'The Story of Tracy Beaker' when I was a kid. Well in, Rio Wellard!

Reviewed by masonsaul 8 / 10

Truly delightful comedy drama

Whilst the narrative is nothing new, The Phantom of the Open is still a truly delightful comedy drama that's extremely heartwarming, really funny and genuinely emotional.

Mark Rylance gives a terrific lead performance, super likeable and adorably naive. Sally Hawkins is reliably perfect as his wife who's equally likeable and the heart of the film, also having strong chemistry with Rylance.

Craig Roberts' direction is excellent, full of quirky and fantastical moments that fit the film really well. Both the soundtrack and the music by Isobel Waller-Bridge are both as joyful and fun as the film requires.

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