Follow the Sun

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"The Story of Valerie and Ben Hogan"
  • 1951
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.4  (437)

Follow the Sun is a 1951 biographical film starring Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter, and Dennis O'Keefe. The movie is based on the life of Ben Hogan, a professional golfer who faced several obstacles on his journey to becoming one of the greatest golfers of all time. The film starts with Hogan as a young caddie in Texas, where he quickly develops a love for the game of golf. With the encouragement of his mentor, he starts playing golf professionally and joins the PGA Tour. However, he faces many challenges as he is unable to score a major win due to his inconsistent putting.

Hogan's life takes a drastic turn when he suffers a near-fatal car accident that leaves him with serious injuries. The accident changes Hogan's outlook on life, and he becomes determined to make a comeback in golf. With the help of his wife Valerie (played by Anne Baxter), he undergoes a rigorous training regimen and revolutionizes his swing technique.

Hogan's determination pays off when he wins his first U.S. Open Championship. However, his biggest challenge yet comes when he faces off against his arch-rival, fellow golfer Sam Snead (played by Dennis O'Keefe), in the U.S. Open of 1950. The film builds up to this ultimate showdown, and the audience is left on the edge of their seats as Hogan and Snead battle it out on the golf course.

The film beautifully captures the world of professional golf in the 1940s and 1950s, including the politics, rivalries, and sportsmanship that defined the sport during that time. Glenn Ford gives a standout performance as Ben Hogan, perfectly capturing the golfer's reserved and stoic personality. Anne Baxter also delivers a strong performance as Valerie, Hogan's supportive and loving wife.

The golf scenes in the movie are expertly filmed and edited, giving the audience a sense of the intense pressure and concentration required to play the game at a professional level. The cinematography is also noteworthy, with the film's use of light and shadow helping to create a sense of drama and tension.

Overall, Follow the Sun is an inspiring and uplifting film that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. It is a must-watch for both golf enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates a good underdog story.

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  • Runtime
    1 hr 33 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (437)