‘Caddyshack’ star narrates film about caddies

Golf movie has local ties; Bill Murray, World Golf Hall of Fame

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The movie “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk,” narrated by Bill Murray, began a two-week run on Friday at the Corazon Cinema in St. Augustine. The final showing will be Thursday, July 11. There will also be a special introduction and Q&A on Friday night, July 5 by producer Ward Clayton.

The “Loopers” U.S. theatrical release began on Friday, June 7 – the week before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach – and included theaters in 30 states and 100-plus theaters.

The film, narrated by actor and former caddie Bill Murray, has drawn critical acclaim with positive reviews and best documentary awards from the Cleveland International Film Festival in early April and the Newport Beach (California) Film Festival in early May.

The World Golf Hall of Fame is highlighted with interviews of Hall of Famers Sir Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange and former Masters Tournament and U.S. Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller. Professional caddies who participated include Steve Williams (Tiger Woods’ former caddie), Carl Jackson (Crenshaw), Fanny Sunesson (Faldo), Pete Bender (Greg Norman and others), Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and Jariah “Jerry” Beard (Zoeller at the 1979 Masters). Longtime golf journalists Rick Reilly, Michael Collins and Ward Clayton are also interviewed.

The film reveals little-known stories about caddies, like Greg Puga, who grew up in East Los Angeles, went on to caddie at Los Angeles’ Bel-Air Country Club and qualified as an amateur to play in the Masters Tournament. Another is the compelling legacy of caddie master Mike Kiely, who has been the caddie organizer at historic Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland 50 years and guided many caddies toward successful lives.

“Loopers” was filmed at some of the more iconic locations in golf such as the Augusta (Georgia) National Golf Club, Pebble Beach (California) Golf Links, The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, several other vaunted courses in Scotland and Ireland such as Carnoustie, Prestwick, Ballybunion and Lahinch and Bandon Dunes (Oregon).

The Corazon is located at 36 Granada Street, downtown St. Augustine. Showtimes are at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., daily except for July 4 (one show at 1 p.m.) and on Mondays and Tuesdays (July 1-2 and 8-9) when the Corazon is closed. Clayton, a St. Johns County resident and producer of the film, will make a special introduction and hold a Q&A after the 7 p.m., showing on Friday, July 5.

For more information, email corazoncandc@gmail.com; call (904) 679-5736 or visit www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com/showtimes.html. No advance tickets are available online.

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