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In St Andrews, Scotland in 1866, 15-year-old Tommy Morris is an avid golfer like his legendary and pioneering father, Tom Morris. “Old Tom” is greens-keeper for The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, as well as the town’s club- and ball-maker. He is the two-time winner of the first major golf tournament, The Open Championship, which he founded in 1860. He also established golf’s standard of 18 holes per round. But young Tommy is beginning to chafe at his father’s dictates, especially in the rapidly changing world they live in. Tommy soon outshines his father, winning The Open three times in a row while still in his teens. The “dashing young man of golf”, he draws flocks of spectators to the sport and becomes its first touring professional..

Also Known As: Tommy's Honour New, Честь Тома, Um Jogo de Honra, Tommy's Honour, Tommy's

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  • mia-thygesen-jorgensen
    mia thygesen jorgensen

    (Flash Review)If you are not a golf fan now, this film won’t win over new fans from viewing this. It doesn’t focus on why golf caught on or how its appreciation truly grew. Rather if focuses on the man who shepherded into wider popularity in the 1860’s, Tom Morris, while his son, Tommy Morris, became a multiple early Open Champion. For me, too many scenes revolve around father and son as well as early golf country members as they all squabble about social classes and how big a slice of the purse the winning golfer should get compared to the tournament organizers. I wish they could have better intertwined into the story more interesting historical golf factoids of the early game of golf. I didn’t connect with any of the characters as they were far from warm so when strife hit them my emotional reaction was minimal. It was moderately interesting as it was shot very professionally but I wish the script had adjusted its focus better for my interests as the core drama was of marginal intrigue.

  • laura-johanson
    laura johanson

    Terrible true story of one pioneer of golf. Great film but difficult ending.

  • jadranka-pecotic
    jadranka pecotic

    This movie is full of golf jargons that i can’t understand. It’s quite frustrating to watch something that’s so alien to me. It shall appeal only to avid golfers. To a non golfer like me , i find myself totally lost. The acting is good , the scenery is nice but that’s about it. I can’t recommend this movie to anyone except to maybe those who understands old Scottish culture and people who likes golf.

  • lamara-xmalaze
    lamara xmalaze

    With sixty million golfers on the planet, you would expect a movie about the early history of golf to delight audiences all over the world. The game is rich in tradition and a spectacle for big-money professional sport. The historical drama Tommy’s Honour (2016) has much to offer for die-hard lovers of the sport, but most other audiences may find it rather dull.The twin narrative inter-weaves the story of golf with the legend of the ‘Two Tommies’, the father and son team credited with launching the modern version of the sport. Set in 1860s Scotland, gruff Old Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) is groundsman for the famous St. Andrews Golf Club and he pioneered the early rules of the game including the 18-hole course standard. His 15-year old son Young Tommy (Jack Lowden) has grown up with game and becomes a better golfer than his record-holding father. When he beats his father’s record, tensions boil over and Tommy wants to go his own way while Tom clings to past ways. The young champion tours the country winning match after match, and collecting more prizemoney and social respectability than his father ever dreamed of. When Tommy falls for Meg (Ophelia Lovibond), an ‘older woman with a past’, the family is torn apart.The story reveals several fascinating things about golf, including how the once-exclusive Gentleman’s Club sport became opened to universal participation and how big-money gambling was integral to the game. The primitive early equipment, the feather-stuffed hand-stitched leather balls, and the cow-paddock roughness of the course are interesting insights into the origins of modern golf. While the period sets, costumes and historical depictions have high production value, the characterisations and melodramatic performances leave the story muddled, tedious and repetitious. Old Tom is portrayed as a cantankerous domineering father who is difficult to like, especially for his regular rants against Tommy’s behaviour. His Scottish accent is so strong that many people will miss much of what he says. Young Tommy is the likable one, although his attitudes to parental and aristocratic authority are far too modern for a working-class boy of 19th century Scotland. The dynamic between them is unremarkable and predictable, and the romance is subdued and uninspiring even though Meg provides the film’s aesthetic high point. The backbone of the story comprises the various games that Tommy inevitably wins, the monotony of which can quickly wilt the patience of both golfers and non-golfer audiences.The decision to spend so much of the film watching the primitive golf games of yesteryear has robbed the story of any narrative tension. As an historical drama, it shows how sport has potential to break down class barriers although today’s private clubs would not agree. Anyone who loves and plays the game will wince at the sight of the early conditions under which it was played, but viewers unconnected with golf may struggle to stay awake with this one.

  • poul-svendsen
    poul svendsen

    Had never heard of Morris Senior nor Junior prior to stumbling across this film. Also do not know much about the game of golf. Neither of these facts prevented me from being fully absorbed into the story. Actors did a fine job of depicting the characters, all of whom were credible. The ways and costumes of the era, believable. There was naught in the film that jarred me out of full absorption. Inspired and visually delicious, this is one that could be viewed over and over, still to find something new to love about it.

  • maria-blomqvist-korhonen
    maria blomqvist korhonen

    In the 1860s, a story of the founders of the game of Golf: Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) the Groundskeeper at St Andrews, Scotland and his son Tommy Jr (Jack Lowden). Father Tom is the architect of many golf courses in England, Wales and Scotland; and his son Tommy was winning tournaments since the age of 16 and became a Professional at 23-yrs of age and is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time even though it was only for a short time. Hard to believe? Well, you need to see this story. Then you will believe.I suppose mostly golfers would be interested in this story as we don’t hear or learn much about Tom Morris and son Tommy Jr. However, the love story that is contained in here is, I think, one of the very best I have ever seen in a movie. Hey, I fell in love with a very pretty Meg (Ophelia Lovibond) who Tommy married, and you will fall, too. Guaranteed.Most of the beginning of the movie I kept saying this needs to be better done, Too many scenes went by so fast and I thought were interesting enough to explore or tell us more about the family. Didn’t happen. And then there are the accents. Whew! Pay close attention as they sometimes talk into their chests or at a very rapid pace. Whew just doesn’t get it.That aside I was shocked at the courses themselves. They never had or heard of lawn mowers, I guess. The Putting Greens were rough lawn and they had to navigate the burly grass, tufts and the like. One would have thought they would have made at least a sand or some-such green. Didn’t happen. There was a great use of the Stimie (a condition where your opponent’s ball blocks your ball and the idea is to hit over his ball to the hole.) as no one marked their ball on the “green.” The flag sticks were only about 3-foot high. No one had Tees. No, they put the ball on a dirt mound or caked snow (Yes, I said snow, they played in it too). Of course, wooden clubs were used and the caddy carried the sticks. Later Tommy found a quiver to hold the clubs, but we never saw it used once he discovered it. Pity.But…………yes, but when Tommy marries Meg, the movie becomes much better, clearer and now we are really enjoying all including the deep love between Tommy and Meg. I don’t think I have ever seen such devotion between a man and a woman. Since I play golf, this story will always be with me and I will remember this for the rest of my life. You will see what I mean………………..Notable: Sam Neil plays a rich man and highly respected member of the St Andrews Golf Club for Men, and who looks down on everyone who isn’t a Gentleman, and he did claim Tommy would never be a Gentleman; and Therese Bradley as Nancy, Tommy’s mother.Stay tuned to the end to see what happened to Tom Morris and his son Tommy Jr. their records and accomplishments. (10/10)Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No. Rating: A ( 21 November 2019)

  • valerie-edwards
    valerie edwards

    Excellent performances from a strong cast. Great film but life is not Disney so not all endings are happy

  • aleksandrs-zvaigzne
    aleksandrs zvaigzne

    This an excellent Golf Biography/Historical film about the Beginnings of Golf in Scotland.It depicts very well how primitive the game of golf was in its earliest stages. And brings into light how Important both Old Tom Morris & Young Tommy were to the Great Game of Golf!Even if you are just a casual golfer you will thoroughly enjoy this Movie!

  • pani-lidia-wojtera
    pani lidia wojtera

    The game of golf wasn’t invented by Scotsmen “Old” Tom Morris or his son, “Young” Tom Morris, but the historical drama “Tommy’s Honour” (PG, 1:57) makes it clear that they both did much to modernize the game and popularize it among the common folk. Experts differ regarding golf’s historical origins, with theories including the Imperial Roman game of paganica, 8th century China’s chuiwan, the Persian game of chaugán and different games played centuries ago in the Netherlands, France and England. Regardless, the actual game of golf came out of 15th-century Scotland. In the 19th-century, the elder and younger Morris, who both became champion golfers, are credited with turning golf into the game as we now know it. Old Tom Morris designed courses across the British Isles (incorporating new ideas that are standards today), he developed techniques of modern greenkeeping and he helped found the Open Championship (now called The British Open) in 1860, winning three of the first five tournaments. Then, Young Tom achieved competitive feats and brought about golf innovations which included… well, giving away all that would count as spoilers for this movie, so I think I’ll just get into my spoiler-free summary… The relationship between Old Tom (or, just “Tom”) Morris (Peter Mullan) and Young Tom (“Tommy”) Morris (Jack Lowden) was a complicated one, as father-son relationships often are, but this one was unique. As Tom was winning tournaments at the newly-created Open Championship, his teenage son, Tommy, was learning the game, showing himself to be professional golf’s first prodigy. Tommy was ready to win championships just as the solo championship streak of his father (who was 30 years older) was ending. It was a real changing of the guard and a very smooth transition, but it created some tension between father and son, especially as they began to play in various tournaments as a team. Tom supports his son and is very proud of Tommy, and Tommy loves his dad, but when Old Tommy’s play starts to fall off with age, Young Tom is teaming up with dear old dad less and less. Besides that, Tom expects Tommy to follow him into the family business (be a caddy, give golf lessons, learn course design and greenkeeping, etc.) and take over his golf shop someday. Tom doesn’t consider “only” playing golf to be a viable profession for “commoners”, but Tommy has his own ideas – about lots of things.Tommy is determined to do things his way. Besides insisting on breaking free of the role in life that his father expects him to play, he insists on better treatment for the golfers from their wealthy benefactors, a stance that brings him into direct conflict with Alexander Boothby (Sam Neill), the Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Tommy also gets into some physical fights on the golf course, which upsets some people (even though Happy Gilmore would’ve been proud.) As Tommy’s stock rises, he fields a variety of offers from golf courses around England, and doesn’t always make decisions that those around him can support. And wherever he plays, he also flaunts tradition (and takes big risks) in the challenges that he accepts and in his manner of play. Off the golf course, Tommy wants to marry a local girl named Meg (Ophelia Lovibond), who considers herself too old for Tommy (28 vs. 22) and whom the town and Tommy’s parents consider inappropriate for him based on her personal history. Tommy’s relationship with Meg leads to a series of events that bring challenges… and tragedy.”Tommy’s Honour” tells a heart-felt and interesting little-known story, but isn’t as impactful as it should have been. Working from a script by Kevin Cook (adapting his own award-winning 2007 book “Tommy’s Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf’s Founding Father and Son”) and Pamela Marin (Cook’s wife), director Jason Connery (son of Sean Connery) lets the story drift at times and the plot hits a few too many sand traps. The film needs a stronger narrative thread, direction that makes the dramatic moments more dramatic and a script which establishes a stronger context for the plot points and makes the importance of what we’re seeing clearer (especially for non-golfers). Such significant failings cause the film to be listless and feel longer than its two-and-a-quarter hours. The film does have its strengths, however. It brings to light a story which deserves to reach a wide audience and it features strong performances from its cast and some very good cinematography. Through it all, the honor of Young Tom Morris shines through. It’s just a shame that it couldn’t have been in a stronger film. Instead, a movie that deserved to be subpar (which, in golf, is a good thing), ends up being a bogey. “B-“

  • berhnar-gabowzyan
    berhnar gabowzyan

    It’s always a good thing when a movie takes on a historical figure or incident and attempts to bring it to life on film. Not only does it give some of us a chance to learn about something that happened in the past it allows us to relive it the best we can in the here and now. In some cases it allows that at a safe distance (any war film) and in others it allows us a more intimate encounter. That intimate encounter is what is at the heart of TOMMY’S HONOUR.While some might say golf was invented in China in the 1200s, most recognize the game as taking hold in Scotland around 1457. The game became more popular in the seventeenth century but it was in the late 1800s that it took off. The most famous course was in St. Andrews and was taken care of by Tom Morris starting in 1865. None of that is provided in the film but it made me interested enough to look it up.That’s because the film is about both Tom Morris (Peter Mullen) and his son, Tommy (Jack Lowden). As the film opens Tommy has come into his owns as a golfer, matching and beating the abilities of his father. Tom has long been the groundskeeper by this time and makes a living by taking care of the course, running the shop that makes the clubs and balls and on the side playing as what goes for a pro at the time. What that involved then was to play for the wealthy club members as their representative and if you won they then determined what to give you in return.Tommy is not content to live out his life like his father. He has no interest in remaining at St. Andrew and dreams of the day when he will make a living playing golf for himself and not at the whim of an English gentleman. But times then were not like now and he’s told more than once to remember his station in life and that he’ll never rise above it. At the same time no one can question his skill and ability.As Tommy begins his ascendance on the links he meets a woman working as a waitress. Meg Drinnen (Ophelia Lovibond) catches his eye but she’s much older than him. She also has a secret she keeps to herself that is revealed in time. The two fall in love and begin seeing one another. Her secret is revealed and rather than abandon her, the pair marry.Tommy’s headstrong attitude can only allow him to go so far. He clashes often with his father about his future and about taking care of his family, both the one he intends to create as well as the one he comes from. The film focuses on all aspects of his life but revolves mostly around three items: his golfing ability, his relationship with his father and his wife. All three are tied together in an interesting tale that holds your interest from start to finish.Some may watch the game of golf and find it incredibly boring. If you’ve ever played golf you realize the skill that it actually takes to do so. Watching the games taking place in this film is more intriguing than most games today. In part that’s because we begin to care about the characters involved. But the way the film is written, shot and directed makes it more interesting as well. Jason Connery (son of Sean) has done a fantastic job of capturing the suspense that each stroke creates as games are played with only one stroke determining the winner or loser.Going into this film I had no idea who Tom or Tommy Morris was. After watching it I found them to be incredibly sympathetic men who achieved greatness on their own terms in a time when the distinctions between classes was so heavy it burdened those with a dream. There are no lasers, no guns and no chase scenes in this film and yet it will hold your attention till the end credits.I’ve noted the skills of those behind the camera but those in front do a great service to the story as well. As Old Tom, Mullen speaks only when necessary and uses his skills as an actor to portray the emotions and thoughts of his character instead, doing an amazing job. Lowden is more in your face as Tommy, displaying the exuberance of youth and the dire consequences it can bring. And Lovibond (recently seen on the TV series ELEMENTARY) shows that she is capable of matching the abilities of her co-stars. Here’s hoping we see more from all three.This is not a movie that will catch the eye of most who visit a nearby Redbox looking for a movie to rent. It won’t be hyped and it won’t be one that most will have heard of. That’s a shame because it is one worth making the effort to watch, a dramatic tale of a young man who actually lived and is not quite as well remembered as he should be. What more can someone ask for in a movie based on history that tells his tale? This one is definitely worth watching.

  • sr-a-trinidad-aguilera
    sr a trinidad aguilera

    Good little British film, you don’t need to be golf fan as the story is about class and family as much as golf. Certainly gives a bit of perspective to modern sports.

  • eva-bowniat-yan
    eva bowniat yan

    Beautifully directed and acted. Jack Lowden, Peter Mullan, Ophelia Lovibond, and Sam Neill are all at the top of their game. Although a sad movie it is uplifting how people are able to raise above their adversities. Jason Connery’s historical drama is filled with reality and passion for the Scottish life and the game. There should be more films like this.

  • carminho-baptista
    carminho baptista

    Tommy Morris was one of the greatest golfers of all-time. Less than a month ago, when Jordan Spieth won the 2017 Open Championship aka British Open (four days before his birthday) he became only the second golfer – after Jack Nicklaus – to win 3 different Majors before the age of 24, which is quite an accomplishment, of course.But Tommy Morris won the Open Championship 4 times before he turned 21, the first when he was just 17 years of age and still holds this record as the youngest Major winner. However, Morris didn’t win “different majors”; that’s because the second Major (the U.S. Open) wasn’t established until 23 years after Morris won his fourth Open, twenty years after his premature death in 1875. Despite this, there aren’t 20 golfers in the sport’s long history that have won more Major Championships than Morris even though there have been 3 to win every year since 1916, and 4 since 1934 when the Masters was established.Tommy’s Honour is about Young Tom ‘Tommy’ Morris (played by Jack Lowden) and his father Old Tom Morris (Peter Mullan), who won four Open Championships himself and was also a greens-keeper, course designer and early innovator the game.Unfortunately, director Jason Connery and editor John Scott must have felt obligated to include every aspect of their fascinating story in the movie because it covers a lot of ground regarding social issues while repeating many of the golf elements without giving enough emotional weight to either’s triumphs or struggles. The closest it comes are in the moments between Young and Old Tom.Sam Neill plays a club gentleman who resists Tommy’s efforts to rise above his station as a caddy. Ophelia Lovibond plays Tommy’s love interest come wife, who died along with their child during a difficult labor just four months before he passed on Christmas Day, 1875.Still, for golf enthusiasts it gives glimpses and insight into the realities and challenges of the game’s early years, and it caused this reviewer to learn through research the accomplishments of its titled golfer.

  • sylvia-martinez
    sylvia martinez

    Surprised that I enjoyed this film a lot, as was not expecting the story to be enthralling as it was.Based on the true story of the father and son who basically founded the professional game of golf enjoyed by millions today.Peter Mullan as always gives a good performance, but the real star is Jack Lowden as the son. His star is ascending

  • sahdiye-pesent-sama
    sahdiye pesent sama

    While the Morris family did not invent golf, they did create a following for it. This movie is based upon a true story. While I find it rather primitive to grow up in 19th century, that is when this story happened. It was a time of classes! You had your rich, born with a silver spoon in your mouth, upper class. Then you had the poor servants, such as the waitress, the golf grounds keeper and his family. Old Tom Morris was the grounds keeper for the premier golf course in Scotland. Young Tom Morris was his son, who reached for the stars and demanded respect as well as being treated as an equal! Together they were the best golfing pair in the world!!

  • medeja-gronskis
    medeja gronskis

    Jason Connery (Sean’s son) directs this story about old Tom Morris and his son Tommy written by Pamela Martin from the book by Kevin Cook. It’s a bit surprising that the story focuses as much or more on the melodrama and personal story of the younger Tommy than the historical influences, but there is links action to give us a feel for the times.Jack Lowden and his dimples portray Tommy, while Ophelia Lovibond plays his love interest Meg. Their relationship drives the story, and we are reminded that small-minded people were every bit as prevalent 140 years ago as they are now. Tommy’s mother, their community, and even the minister of the Church pass harsh judgment on Meg and her unfortunate past. Combine that with the element of “Gentlemen”, which are anything but, and we get an understanding of how Tommy’s actions changed not just the game of golf, but also influenced the softening of the class difference. His push to bring respect and fairness to professional golfers erased the similarities with how race horses and golfers were treated the same from a wagering perspective.This was the time of the original “13 Rules of Golf”, and when rowdy crowd hovered right next to the golfers as they played. Other than the closing credit graphics, Old Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) isn’t really given his due as a course designer, but this is really the story of his son, and though the film is a bit too long, it’s a story that deserves to be told.

  • mamontova-viktoriia-valerievna
    mamontova viktoriia valerievna

    I enjoyed this lovely heartfelt biopic, history, drama, and romance. You don’t need to know anything about golf, or even like it, to enjoy it. The lead actors, Jack Lowden, Peter Mullan, Ophelia Lovibond, and Sam Neill, are great. While the very first section of the movie is a little thin and TV-movie-ish, with predictable family scenes and sappy music, it recovers itself and becomes quite interesting once the major threads of the drama get underway, so stick with it and your attention will be rewarded. I’m happy to be aware now of this little-known chapter of fascinating history.

  • pan-gavrilo-nosenko
    pan gavrilo nosenko

    “Tommy’s Honour” (2016 release from Scotland; 115 min.) brings the story of father and son Tommy and Tommy Jr. Morris. As the movie opens, a reporter from the Times of London wants to interview Tommy, by now an old man. But Tommy informs the reporter that the only story he is willing to give him, is about a young man. We then go back in time to the 1860s, and we learn that the young man referred to is Tommy Jr., an up-and-coming lad who loves the game of golf. His dad is a the groundskeeper of the local golf club and started the Open Championship. Along the way, we get to know other characters, including an aristocrat for whom the Morris lads play organized golf, and a young waitress who catches Tommy Jr.’s eye. At this point we are 10 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this is the big screen adaptation of the book of the same name by Kevin Cook(who co-wrote the movie’s script). The director is Jason Connery (yes, son of Scottish icon Sean Connery, and best known for his acting work in UK TV and movies). The movie is a mix of sports movie, family drama, romance, and war of the classes. The tensions between father and son are the most obvious, with the older Morris sticking to the ‘agreed’ behavior between working class and aristocrats, while young Tommy is eager to break the rules. When he pushes for a better financial arrangement, the Captain of the golf club sneers “Your station in life was set well before you were born”, and later on (when Tommy wins yet another major golf event) “You’re a hero to this town, but a gentleman you will never be”, ouch! I found the movie a bit lightweight, to be honest, as those tensions never really feel real. It isn’t until much later in the movie (when Tommy Jr.’s love life becomes the focus) that we feel emotionally involved. Along the way, the gorgeous photography (entirely filmed on location of course) makes this movie feel like one long advert for the beauty that is Scotland. The acting performances are fine: Peter Mullan as Old Tom Morris, Jack Lowden as Tommy Morris, and none other than Sam Neil as the Captain/villain aristocrat.”Tommy’s Honour” opened in US theaters this weekend. I imagine it’s not a coincidence that this is the very weekend after the Masters, the Super Bowl of golf when interest in the game is at its peak in the US. This is an okay movie, in particular if you has a special interest in golf. I found it to be pleasant, nothing more, nothing else.