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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
IRS Agent
Bob Barker
Lee Trevino ...
Verne Lundquist ...
Jared Van Snellenberg ...
Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Coach (as 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?


Lee Trevino said that had he read the script and seen the salty language, he would've passed. One would presume he did his signature disbelieving head shake while watching the film. See more »


Happy is struck by the VW Bug right after hitting his tee shot onto the green. After the doctor gives his advice and Happy says "I have to play" he is shown teeing off again, the commentator stating "this is the first time he's failed to outdrive McGavin". He would have had to putt and complete the hole before teeing off again. 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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Comedy Gold
6 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

In what is Adam Sandlers best work to date, the hopeless hockey failure Happy Gilmore must join the Professional Golfers Tour to help his Grandmother with her finances.

As a golfer myself I can say that the antics pulled in this golf caper are are riot! I have seen the film probably over 50 times but each time I laugh as if it were my first time viewing it.

From Carl Weathers and his wooden hand, to Happy teaming up with Bob Barker, this movie keep you laughing the whole way through. Even my 80 year old grandparent loved it!

Perhaps the best review I can give for this movie comes from Happy himself-- "Talk about a hole in one!"

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