The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Robert Redford and starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. It is based on the 1995 book of the same title by Steven Pressfield and takes place in the U.S. state of Georgia in 1931. This was the last film for both Jack Lemmon and Lane Smith, with Lemmon having died in 2001 and Smith in 2005. On release, the film was attacked by several African American commentators and reviewers for using the "magical negro" as a plot device. Since the film's release, some in the mainstream media have also described the film as flawed and racially insensitive. Promising golfer Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) is the favorite son of Savannah, Georgia and noteworthy golf player; Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) is his beautiful girlfriend from a rich family. While serving as a captain in the US Army during World War I, Junuh is traumatized when his entire company is wiped out in battle. Though he earns the Medal of Honor, he returns to Georgia and lives a shadowy life as a drunk, golf being just a distant memory.