Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Golf Movie 'The Squeeze' Endorsed by Nicklaus, Mickelson

The Squeeze (buy it or stream it) is the name of new golf movie debuting on April 17 (the Friday after The Masters). Is it any good? Well, we'll have to wait and see. But The Squeeze has already gotten two thumbs up from a pair of golf legends: Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Both of those golf superstars provided promotional quotes for the movie's marketing releases:

Jack Nicklaus: "I watched The Squeeze and really enjoyed it. It's a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you actually believe it could happen."

Phil Mickelson: "The Squeeze is a wonderful golf movie because it's so authentic. It hooks you in the beginning and stays interesting and entertaining right to the end. I'm looking forward to seeing it again."

Whether the movie-reviewing skills of Nicklaus and Mickelson are anything close to their golf skills remains to be seen. But the simple fact they are willing to attach their names to this project is a major coup for an independent movie like this.

How did Nicklaus and Mickelson get involved in "blurbing" The Squeeze? Through its writer and director, Terry Jastrow. Jastrow's name is very well-known in the field of sports programming; he's a 17-time Emmy nominee and 7-time Emmy winner over his 24 years as a director and producer at ABC Sports. There he produced or directed 68 major championships, not to mention a few little other things called the The Super Bowl, The Indy 500 and The Kentucky Derby. His credits as producer also include a season of Shell's Wonderful World of Golf and a 2000 TV movie called Killer Golf.

Less well-known is the fact that Jastrow was a top-notch competitive golfer as a junior and collegian. He won the 1966 Texas State Junior Golf Championship and played collegiately on the powerhouse University of Houston golf team. He is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

Jastrow is among several listed producers of The Squeeze, too, along with his wife, the actress Anne Archer.

So what is The Squeeze about? Here's the description from the movie's distributor, ARC Entertainment:

The Squeeze is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don't lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes "life or death."

And the cast (with best-known previous roles) includes:

  • Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights, Peter Pan)
  • Christopher McDonald ("Shooter McGavin" in Happy Gilmore)
  • Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign)
  • Jillian Murray (Bad Ass)
  • Michael Nouri (Flashdance)
  • Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)

The Squeeze will debut on premium video-on-demand and in theaters in 12 top markets on April 17, 2015.

Finally, let's watch the trailer:

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