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Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  16 February 1996 (USA)
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Reviews: 279 user | 74 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
IRS Agent
Bob Barker
Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino ...
Verne Lundquist ...
Jared Van Snellenberg ...
Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Ken Camroux ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$38,624,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One deleted scene in the movie involves Happy throwing the nursing home orderly out the window after finding out how badly his grandma was treated. See more »


When Happy is signing the woman's chest, the 'Gilmore' section of the signature moves from one side of the chest to the other. See more »


[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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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Jack and Jill (2013) See more »


Written by David Paton and Billy Lyall (as William Lyall)
Performed by Pilot
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under License from CEMA Special Markets
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Sandler's Best
4 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is Sandler's best movie to date. I could watch this movie 50 times and still laugh. It doesn't get any better than this, except for Tommy Boy! Sandler can only go downhill from here, Waterboy was dumb compared to this. Goddamn I hate that Bob Barker, Classic!!!

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