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Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  16 February 1996 (USA)
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A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

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IRS Agent
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Bob Barker
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Jeering Fan
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Himself
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Verne Lundquist ...
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Jared Van Snellenberg ...
Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Ken Camroux ...
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A Hockey player wannabe finds out that he has the most powerful golf drive in history. He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save grandma's house. The downside is that his hocky player mentality doesn't really go on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship. Written by Kevin Mitchell <kevin@mitchell.mdn.com>

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He doesn't play golf... he destroys it.

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language and some comic sexuality | See all certifications »

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16 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,624,000 (USA)
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In a 2011 interview with the AV Club, Christopher McDonald claims he originally turned down the role of Shooter several times because he was growing tired of being typecast as an antagonist.He reconsidered playing the role, as he had enjoyed Adam Sandler's previous film Billy Madison (1995) and while he was playing a golf tournament in Seattle while taking a break from filming his previous movie in Vancouver. Realizing that he was playing an antagonist in a comedy, and having been satisfied with the script, he asked for an arrangement to be made so he could meet with Adam Sandler to discuss the movie. Upon their first meeting, McDonald ultimately decided to accept the role and has said it remains one of the best decisions of his career. See more »

Goofs

The hockey teams on the ice when the player takes the slap shot that killed Happy's dad are totally different than the two teams shown earlier in the fight. In fact, it is actually one team, in practice jerseys, at a practice rink. You can tell because there is no crowd in the background for the shot, but other shots reveal they are in a fully encircled arena. See more »

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[first lines]
[opening narration voice over]
Happy Gilmore: My name is Happy Gilmore. Ever since I was old enough to skate, I loved hockey. I wasn't really the greatest skater though. But that didn't stop my dad from teaching me the secret of smacking his greatest slap shot.
[Young Happy, hits a hard plastic ball into his father's forehead]
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Performed by Pilot
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under License from CEMA Special Markets
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Apollo Creed with a wooden hand!! funny as hell
30 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Adam Sandler has a very funny movie here that works like no other since Caddyshack. Sandler plays a lazy guy who has to save his grandmother's house from being removed. So, he starts to play golf in a way that only Sandler can. He is also instructed by Carl Weathers (who memorably played Apollo Creed in Rokcy), and wathcing his scenes I had to leave the theater from laughing so much (he had a wooden hand and it always gets knocked off). Sandler knows how to keep people rolling in the ailes, and this proves it. A++


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