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Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 16 February 1996 (USA)
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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Lee Trevino ...
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Verne Lundquist ...
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Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Coach (as 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 | Family | 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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Trivia

Julie Bowen later revealed on Access Hollywood that there is a deleted segement of the Happy Place scene where she made out with the dwarf dressed like a cowboy. See more »

Goofs

At the AT&T Open, Shooter asks his caddy for advice, the caddy gives it and Shooter ignores it by choosing a different club. Right before Shooter takes his shot the caddy moves forward and to the right, which places him directly in Shooter's eye-line. This would never happen - all caddies know they must stand behind the golfer as to not obstruct him. See more »

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[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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Happy Day
Written by Eric Kupper and Orville Brinsley Evans
Performed by Uncanny Alliance
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Slapstick humour that does not need you to think but with excellent timing.
6 October 2004 | by (Burntwood, England) – See all my reviews

Adam Sandler may not be the all-round actor who can deliver many different comic performances but he does have a certain comic style. Happy Gilmore is a failed Hockey player who cannot skate and has a lack of any self-discipline. His life seems to be a complete failure until he finds out he can hit a golf ball over 400 yards. At first you might feel little empathy for Happy as he obviously deserves all the bad luck he gets from the way he treats his friends. But the introduction of Shooter to the screen suddenly makes you root for the underdog. The plot is thrown together to get the most out of Sandler and his antics on screen. Some of the scenes are totally unbelievable particularly when a car is driven on to the golf course to run down Happy! But no matter how many times I see the film it can still make me laugh.


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