ComingSoon is excited to debut the first seven minutes of The Phantom of the Open, the Sony Pictures Classics comedy-drama centered around the true story of British golfer Maurice Flitcroft. The film releases through video-on-demand this Friday, July 8.

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The Phantom of the Open tells the heartwarming true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist,” reads the film’s synopsis. “This humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.”

Check out the first seven minutes of The Phantom of the Open below:



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The film is directed by Craig Roberts and written by Simon Farnaby. It stars Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins, and Rhys Ifans.



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