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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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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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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 »

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When Happy is introduced to the members of the Gold Jacket Club, Shooter's glass repeatedly switches hands between shots. 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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.66 (2010) See more »

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Jump Around
Written by Larry Muggerud and Erik Schrody
Performed by House of Pain
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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I say, We just lay by the bay and make hay! Okay?"
28 August 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Okies....here we have the indisputable King of mediocrity but one thing you gotta say for Sandler - they don't come more unpretentious! He delivers what you expect and in HAPPY GILMORE he came up undeniably with his best film!

As the wannabe hockey great in dire need of an anger-management course, Sandler discovers by chance his prodigious golfing talents - but using a hockey stick! In a performance best decribed as R-rated Jerry Lewis, Sandler is a hoot as he takes on Bob Barker, the establishment and Shooter McGavin - golfing's hissable "Mr Smarm" (An Oscar-worthy turn from Christopher McDonald)

Carl Weathers turns in a blinder as Sandler's newly come-by coach with an unfortunate earlier run-in with a hungry croc! If you don't find anything in this film funny, you're a dead person! Like many devotees, we have watched this film countless times - it just improves with age!


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